Category Archives: American Exceptionalism

Whistling Past

Whistling past the graveyard can mean one of two things – you know the situation, things are dire, and you’re trying to keep your spirits up, but you know you’re going to die. That’s why you’re whistling. Whistling keeps you … Continue reading

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Four Times Sixty-Eight

Hang around long enough and you get jaded, or maybe simply tired. It’s that way with baby boomers, those of us who have seen sixty-eight Fourth of Julys go by. We had fathers who fought in World War II and … Continue reading

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A Personal Note

It was December 14 in Paris almost fifteen years ago, cold and dark at dawn, followed by heavy rain, and I was bleary-eyed from staying up all night watching CNN-International in the hotel room. Somewhere in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Making It Personal

Oscar week here in Hollywood is a pain. Down the street on Hollywood Boulevard they’re assembling the set in front of the Dolby Theater – the red carpet comes next, along with the giant fiberglass Oscars on every corner. They’re … Continue reading

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On Joining the Civilized World

The yearly trips to Paris started in 1997 – and then sometimes it was twice a year – because Paris isn’t Los Angeles, and Paris isn’t America. Paris always was the center of the civilized world – art, music, ideas, … Continue reading

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Confronting the Impossible

America is the can-do nation. They say it can’t be done – we do it. They say that there’s no good solution to the problem – we find one. If it’s physically or mathematically or historically impossible, we do it … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Appearing to Do Something

Luis Buñuel was a strange man – you could look it up – but then all surrealists are strange. No one quite knows what they’re up to and they like it that way. The idea is to keep people off … Continue reading

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