Category Archives: American Optimism

Our Age of Unease

Eventually everyone leads a strange life, probably because life isn’t a sit-com. And out here in Hollywood America’s situation comedies are in constant production – there are hundreds of soundstages in the Thirty Mile Zone (yes, like in the tabloid … Continue reading

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One More Lost Generation

There are the late-night saloon songs, and the classic is Frank Sinatra singing “make it one for my baby, and one more for the road” of course. Dreams are dead. Nothing worked out. That’s how it goes. There’s not much … Continue reading

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A Time for Dreaming

The often insufferable Keith Olbermann calls the Tea Party folks the something-for-nothing crowd – and of course that’s shorthand for those who want no new taxes, and massive tax cuts as we’re taxed too much already, and the government to … Continue reading

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The Problem with Perpetual Adolescence

The principle danger in being a high school teacher is that one can easily slip back into being an adolescent oneself. Even at that upstate New York prep school, where all the children actually were above average – those who … Continue reading

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The Odd Uses of Religion

Those of us who don’t find religion that compelling can still find it fascinating. People believe all sorts of things, and tell you that you should too. That’s kind of fun, in an anthropological way. For example, back in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot the Piano Player

Okay, it is a bit arcane, but some of us now in our sixties, when we were young men, found ourselves picking up extra money playing music. And yes, that would mean, back in the late fifties and early sixties, … Continue reading

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Self-Delusional Ambition, Hope and Daydreams

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards tried to explain it to a whole generation – “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, yeah, you just might find you get what you need.” No one paid attention … Continue reading

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