Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Nostalgia Wars

Americans live in the past, when they were young. For most Americans, but not all, life peaked in their senior year in high school. It’s been all downhill since then. That keeps Facebook in business, but there’s a small cohort … Continue reading

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Off to Helsinki

Helsinki is nice. Finland is nice. Sibelius is nice – his Finlandia is magnificent and John Williams’ soaring main theme for the Harry Potter movies is pretty much Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony turned a bit more dissonant. All the voicings are … Continue reading

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The Darkest Political Moment

The Trump presidency has been exhausting. Maybe that was the idea. It’s one outrageous thing after another. Everything is “big news” – but when everything is big news nothing is. Everyone goes numb. The United States now has concentration camps … Continue reading

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Another Landmark Set

A landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation – a big rock – a lighthouse – something that can tell you where you are – something that can tell you if you’re going to get where … Continue reading

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A Little Impoliteness

Barack Obama was an anomaly. He was thoughtful and cautious and careful – perhaps irritatingly so. Perhaps he wasn’t an American after all. Donald Trump didn’t think so and perhaps he still doesn’t think so – not that it matters … Continue reading

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All-American Shaming

Americans used to know all about shame. High school kids used to have to read The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dismal tale of the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642 to 1649 – the tale of the … Continue reading

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Build the Damned Wall

America changed. Donald Trump is a transformational president. Donald Trump changed America. Now it’s concentration camps: The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama and … Continue reading

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