Category Archives: Income Disparity

America’s Imaginary Nostalgia

If it’s a dull rainy day and you’re home alone, bored and anxious, somewhere in the far reaches of basic cable you can probably find one more screening of that 1962 movie The Music Man – standard daytime filler for … Continue reading

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Listening To Echoes

Maybe Sarah Palin and all the social conservatives before her are right – live out here in Los Angeles, and particularly in Hollywood, and you develop a different sense of things. They chatter on about Hollywood Values, or the obvious … Continue reading

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On Accepting the Natural Order of Things

By all accounts Alexander Pope was a short and quite unpleasant man – four-foot-six and a hunchback – and with a chip on his shoulder from being a Catholic in Anglican England, and thus a double-outcast. Think of Marty Feldman … Continue reading

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Impossible Conversations

Christmas dinner is coming, and that’s when, after you’ve all stuffed yourselves, the talk turns to politics. And it will be how Obama is ruining America – because he hates America, or at least he hates hard-working successful white folks … Continue reading

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The Curious Absence of White-Hot Social Anger

A quiet Sunday evening in Hollywood, rain on the way, browsing the news and opinion sites, trying to get a sense of what seems to be going on in the world, or what people think is going on – with … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Perspective

You don’t begrudge your old students their success, but sometimes you get disoriented. Even after all the years you listen with sympathy to their current woes, and offer encouragement – it’s a habit, and it’s the right thing to do. … Continue reading

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Class Warfare as Farce

One of the nice things about teaching English at the fancy prep school in upstate New York all those years ago was that the students were intellectually sharp and also intellectually playful – and that led to a lot of … Continue reading

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