Category Archives: American Superficiality

Debating Empty Questions for Fun and Profit

Ah – here’s a glowing review of a new book – Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This is the third and concluding volume of the biography he began more than three decades ago with “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” – … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Incorrigible Stupidity

Americans don’t much care for history – Henry Ford famously said it was bunk – and most kids merely endure their history classes that started in the seventh grade and never seemed to stop. And once released from the surly … Continue reading

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In Media Res

Being a teacher you get used to the whining from the kids. Yeah, yeah – this makes no sense and that is needlessly confusing, and why do I have to know this – it’s stupid – and life is not … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Fanatically Shallow

In his 1977 film Annie Hall – considered his best – Woody Allen was not nice to the world out here in Hollywood, where the light of his protagonist’s life, Annie, goes to make it big, or to get in … Continue reading

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Those Limbs and Outward Flourishes

Let’s go back to high school, where you had to endure the unmitigated agony of Shakespeare – the words made no sense and the man ran on forever, and you had to write an essay or two along the way, … Continue reading

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