Category Archives: Politics of Resentment

They Get Bitter

There were the good old days: Barack Obama was forced onto the defensive at the weekend over unguarded comments he made about small-town voters across the Midwest. Obama was caught in an uncharacteristic moment of loose language. Referring to working-class … Continue reading

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In the Land of Seething Resentment

Graduate school at Duke was a long time ago, the early seventies, and North Carolina seemed like such a nice place, at the time. Southerners were polite and pleasant after all, not seething with resentment after all the civil rights … Continue reading

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How These Things Happen

There’s an old saying about never missing the water ’til the well runs dry, and more than a few blues songs and country and western songs of regret, where the fine woman’s gone, the woman the man stupidly took for … Continue reading

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And So It Begins

On August 28, 1811, Percy Bysshe Shelley, the most irritating of the big three Romantic poets you had to read in school, eloped with Harriet Westbrook. No one cared. Byron, Keats and Shelley were strange fellows. And on August 28, … Continue reading

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The Lay of the Land Now

Over the weekend the Republicans were at it again – this time the Nevada caucuses that Mitt Romney won handily – for what that’s worth. The New York Times ran this story – Romney Takes a Solid Win in Nevada … Continue reading

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On Cultivating a Universal Sense of Insecurity and Envy and Resentment

They say living in Los Angeles makes you mellow and cool, in the sense that you shrug and perhaps smile, very slightly, when everyone else, elsewhere, is outraged or scared silly at what’s going on these days. After all, LA … Continue reading

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Sneaky Bastard

On Thursday, January 13, it was over. Most of the commentary that morning on both speeches – Palin on Facebook and Obama in Tucson – was that things had gotten to the point on both the left and the right … Continue reading

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