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The White Guy with the Shiny Teeth

It’s something old men say, that those were the days: “The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature” is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James. It comprises his edited Gifford Lectures on natural theology, … Continue reading

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Rattled and Irrational

The week ended with a news story of vast historical importance that wasn’t particularly noticed, because all the other news buried it – the Epstein suicide, if it was that, Trump and Netanyahu declaring that all Democrats hate Jews and … Continue reading

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Two Sudden Moves

The summer of 1966 – after that freshman year of college in Ohio – was cool – pumping gas during the day and playing in a salsa band at night, on Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. But … Continue reading

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In The Trump Years

These are the Trump years. Things always get stranger: An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death. … Continue reading

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Trump in Chinatown

The title of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown was a bit of shorthand. That movie wasn’t about Los Angeles’ Chinatown at all. It was about the California water wars in the early years of the last century. Somehow, no one … Continue reading

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Paper Straws

That strange intense little man with a way of making everything oddly vivid and dramatic – always overstating everything – was back again: Former short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Monday that President Trump is “giving people a … Continue reading

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A Culture of Denial

Sometimes the odd little news stories tell bigger stories, like this one: Ticks are swarming, carrying myriad diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever and making people ill. And, as one congressman believes, these ticks came from secret … Continue reading

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