Category Archives: David Brooks

Brooks Explains

The Republicans have a problem. If they make sure the wrong sort of people find it hard to ever vote in an election ever again, then they’ve got this in the bag – they’ll win back the Senate in the … Continue reading

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Drawing Lessons from Something or Other

Woody Allen keeps making films and many of them are not successful at all. He hit it out of the park with Manhattan and Annie Hall, and a few others, but many of his movies just went nowhere, or to … Continue reading

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The Day Charlie Brown Simply Walked Away From Lucy

That’s the problem with the New York Times – no comics. And most people, although they won’t admit it, go to the comic strip pages of the morning newspaper, first thing. It’s a comfort. There’s Peanuts and Doonesbury and Dilbert … Continue reading

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Pushed Too Far

Grace under pressure – keeping your cool – John Wayne to Steve McQueen to James Bond – Hemingway to Kerouac to Miles to Brian Eno – never let them see you sweat – no fear and no big whoop about … Continue reading

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Nothing Exciting

Ah, teaching adolescents was many decades ago – but thinking back on that whole business it seemed the trick to make things exciting, or engaging, or at least not so boring that those young folks were reduced to tears, or … Continue reading

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When Less Is Less

Much of Manhattan looks the way it looks today because of one man – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He was the architect who gave us the looming minimalist buildings clad in seamless glass window-walls, usually black. It seemed to … Continue reading

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Understanding Republicans and the Ghost of Nixon

Oh, events come and go – the white New Haven firefighters prevailed in the Supreme Court and Rush Limbaugh said that the court had now officially declared Sonia Sotomayor a racist who hates white people. Rush said the 5-4 decision … Continue reading

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