Category Archives: American Xenophobia

Dealing with Cranks

Yes, there will soon be a Republican seeking that party’s nomination who is both a Mormon and fluent in Mandarin – and can probably handle himself in Cantonese in a pinch. That would be Jon Huntsman – the former governor … Continue reading

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Dealing With the Resentful Who Don’t Get Out Much

Everyone agrees Mondays are a drag. And this Monday morning, thankfully the last one of those this March, the New York Times paywall goes up – no one reads for free anymore. They’ve already lost Frank Rich, and now Bob … Continue reading

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Reading Homer in Manhattan

So, let’s stroll through the classics. The wiliest of men, the heroic if somewhat sneaky great warrior Odysseus, who has every symbolic great adventure that a man can have, is on his way home from that war in Troy over … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on the Brain Dead

Somehow all the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque begins to feel like all the controversy over Terri Schiavo. You might remember that business – the brain-dead woman with the husband who wanted to follow her wishes and remove the … Continue reading

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It’s Our Country, He Said

Hollywood brings you summer – superhero movies and shoot-’em-ups and Will Farrell playing the unaware goofball again, and a few vampires, a few longing-for-love-or-at-least-respect teenagers, and the usual animated features. It’s fluff. And it’s marketing. School is out and sometimes … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the Mad

When you live halfway between the Sunset Strip and the center of Hollywood you do notice packs of paparazzi now and then. They’re rather off-putting, festooned with expensive cameras with big lenses, elbowing each other for the good shot of … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

Those of us out here who grew up in the fifties in Pittsburgh seldom think of going back – we all left for a reason. The world was elsewhere. One of the actors out here, who grew up in Pittsburg, … Continue reading

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