Category Archives: Politics as Theater

Abandoning Theater for Government

John McCain was never going to be president. The hard right in his party distrusted him, and probably found his choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate rather pathetic. He was sucking up to them – they’d rather … Continue reading

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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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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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To Be Fair About It

Except for glassy-eyed professional athletes hopped up on drugs, we all want to be fair and reasonable – that’s how you play the game. You don’t call those who disagree with you nasty names and mock them. You listen respectfully … Continue reading

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The Strange Straight Up

Call it the Andy Warhol Syndrome – or the Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and David O. Selznick Syndrome, or the Henry Mancini or Ahmad Jamal Syndrome. When you grow up in Pittsburgh you want to get out. Those guys did. … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Ominous Background Noise

Do you remember Gary Hart and Monkey Business? No? Well that’s okay – what seems important one day will be trivia soon enough. In a year will anyone remember anything about Rod Blagojevich – and what that led to? Wasn’t … Continue reading

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