Tag Archives: American Xenophobia

The Final Descent

The nation is always in decline. At one point it was rock ‘n’ roll – Elvis swiveled his hips and all decency had been abandoned, until one Sunday night Ed Sullivan booked him for a few numbers and told America … Continue reading

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Dealing with Cranks

Yes, there will soon be a Republican seeking that party’s nomination who is both a Mormon and fluent in Mandarin – and can probably handle himself in Cantonese in a pinch. That would be Jon Huntsman – the former governor … Continue reading

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Reading Homer in Manhattan

So, let’s stroll through the classics. The wiliest of men, the heroic if somewhat sneaky great warrior Odysseus, who has every symbolic great adventure that a man can have, is on his way home from that war in Troy over … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on the Brain Dead

Somehow all the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque begins to feel like all the controversy over Terri Schiavo. You might remember that business – the brain-dead woman with the husband who wanted to follow her wishes and remove the … Continue reading

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It’s Our Country, He Said

Hollywood brings you summer – superhero movies and shoot-’em-ups and Will Farrell playing the unaware goofball again, and a few vampires, a few longing-for-love-or-at-least-respect teenagers, and the usual animated features. It’s fluff. And it’s marketing. School is out and sometimes … Continue reading

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Remember This

If you come to the site regularly, or even occasionally, you realize these daily columns are each an attempt to examine a current issue in depth – six ways from Sunday, as they say – to figure out just what’s … Continue reading

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Tribal Phobias

Phobias are about what just isn’t so. Quite natural minor fears and qualms – or just a bit of distaste and unease – somehow get blown up into something you just cannot face. Those minor fears and qualms decouple from … Continue reading

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