Tag Archives: American Optimism

The Problem with Perpetual Adolescence

The principle danger in being a high school teacher is that one can easily slip back into being an adolescent oneself. Even at that upstate New York prep school, where all the children actually were above average – those who … Continue reading

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The Odd Uses of Religion

Those of us who don’t find religion that compelling can still find it fascinating. People believe all sorts of things, and tell you that you should too. That’s kind of fun, in an anthropological way. For example, back in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot the Piano Player

Okay, it is a bit arcane, but some of us now in our sixties, when we were young men, found ourselves picking up extra money playing music. And yes, that would mean, back in the late fifties and early sixties, … Continue reading

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