Category Archives: Donald Trump

To Make Delusion Fact

“On the throne of the world, any delusion can become fact.” ~ Gore Vidal, Julian Who? What? Julian is an odd novel about the end of intellectual culture and its replacement by widespread religious violence and intolerance, long ago, about the … Continue reading

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Baby Talk

Palm Sunday is a good day. It commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9) when palm branches were placed in his path, But then things went bad. There was his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on … Continue reading

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To Fight or Flatter

“We are not amused.” Perhaps the rotund and rather severe Queen Victoria never said that. She told her granddaughter, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, that she never said any such thing. But that’s only what Princess Alice said. Who knows? … Continue reading

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A Simple Matter of Principle

The week finally ended. The nation is shutting down. Everyone must stay home. Or we’ll all die. And the week ended with this: The governor of Illinois issued a stay-at-home order on Friday, making it the latest state to make … Continue reading

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Staging an Intervention

It was an odd week. The Washington Post team of Philip Rucker and Robert Costa and Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey had reported this: President Trump confronted one of the most perilous days of his presidency Monday by first erupting in … Continue reading

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Hic Incipit Pestis

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where Hollywood burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic victim-of-everything … Continue reading

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About That Revolution

There’s that old song from long ago: You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world But … Continue reading

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