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Breaking the Spell

Repetition can be effective. The recent death of Glenn Fry – the founder and driving force behind the Eagles, the iconic rock band from the seventies, one more product of Laurel Canyon up the street here – had everyone playing … Continue reading

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The Competition

This is the weekend – the Super Bowl, and it’s Super Bowl 50 this time. This seems to have become an institution that defines America, or maybe it’s simply the only experience left that everyone actually shares in our fragmented … Continue reading

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She Grew

Things change. There was the Los Angeles Democratic Presidential Debate, January 31, 2008, at the Kodak Theater (now the Dolby Theater) on Hollywood Boulevard, sponsored and run by CNN – and it was good to have a friend who was … Continue reading

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As Seen From a Distance

It was December 14 in Paris many years ago, cold and dark at dawn, followed by heavy rain all day – an odd day – after staying up all night watching CNN-International in the hotel room. Somewhere in the middle … Continue reading

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Our Perpetual Possession of Being Well-Deceived

In 1704, Jonathan Swift published his first major work, the satire A Tale of a Tub – admittedly thorny and difficult but worth the work, because it’s a brilliant exploration of where what sounds so reasonable turns in on itself and becomes … Continue reading

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After Iowa

Iowa is over. As it nears midnight here in Los Angeles – the middle of the night in the middle of the country – Donald Trump no longer seems invincible. Ted Cruz – the nasty and vindictive and clever little … Continue reading

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Imagine No Religion

Think back to October 1971 and John Lennon’s last wistful cri de coeur of the dying sixties counterculture – “Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky” – … Continue reading

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