Category Archives: Political Melodrama

On Learning Cynicism

Maybe the idea is to have as many experiences as possible – we’re all here for a relatively short time and you don’t want to miss anything. The winter rain in Paris each year is fine, or so Hemingway would … Continue reading

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The Limits of Political Gamesmanship

And other forgettable August ended with another burst of the surreal: Any hopes that a kinder, gentler bipartisan Washington would surface once Congress returns after Labor Day were summarily dashed on Wednesday when President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner … Continue reading

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On Surviving High Drama

High drama is just tiresome – like listening to Celine Dion singing in one of her shows in Las Vegas. That woman always starts out emoting in fortissimo, forceful and intense, and then cranks it up to quadruple fortissimo and … Continue reading

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All-American Noise

It’s a fascinating title – The Quiet American – an interesting novel, twice made into interesting films. The American in question is thoughtful, soft-spoken, intellectual, serious, and idealistic. What was Graham Greene thinking? But the American in question was a … Continue reading

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Hollywood for Ugly People

Sure, it is often said that Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people – politicians are all posturing self-obsessed drama queens. But come out and hang around Hollywood a bit and you’ll see – we have plenty of ugly people … Continue reading

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Everyone likes melodrama, even if they say they don’t. You know the elements:   Melodramas tend to be formulaic productions, with a clearly constructed world of connotations: a villain poses a threat, the hero escapes the threat (or rescues the … Continue reading

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