Monthly Archives: September 2018

Almost Heaven

Those of us who grew up on Pittsburgh knew West Virginia. West of Pittsburgh there was Weirton. next to Steubenville, Ohio – dark dying steel towns. A bit further south there was Wheeling, another dying dark steel and coal city, … Continue reading

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Making Rage Moot

Being old has its advantages. The cataract surgery went fine, and from check-in to discharge, that ate up most of the day. That was fine. The day was one of the most depressing and absurd days in the nation’s history. … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Things

There’s no Wednesday evening column – cataract surgery first thing in the morning – just the right eye – but that’s still a bother. That will mean no photography for a few days, and no blog posts, until the world … Continue reading

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And They Laughed

Brett Kavanaugh will make it to the Supreme Court or he won’t, but some things have been settled. The Republicans have lost the votes of most women forever. Donald Trump had changed his tune. There was no longer any need … Continue reading

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The New Truth

There are ways to know how things really were at a certain place and time. There was Paris in the twenties and the Lost Generation there – Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises will take you there. There’s American teen culture … Continue reading

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A Test of This Particular Time

Woody Allen did something right. There’s Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow – the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen – named after the famous black baseball pitcher Satchel Paige – the actress Maureen O’Sullivan was his maternal grandmother – Ronan … Continue reading

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The Return of the Fabians

Fabiano Anthony Forte became Fabian – a teen idol of the late fifties and early sixties. He made it big after Dick Clark had him on American Bandstand a few times, and he had his hits, and then he disappeared. … Continue reading

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