Tag Archives: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

To Make Men Free

There’s that old Sam Cooke song – “don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology, don’t know much about a science book, don’t know much about the French I took” – and so on. The guy is saying he’s kind of … Continue reading

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Our Man of Militant Ignorance

Nothing has settled down. Donald Trump has not become presidential in any way anyone uses that word – although he said he could be presidential, and would be – “I will be so presidential. You will be so bored. You’ll … Continue reading

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Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Running on Spite

National character is probably no more than an accident of geography and a common language, and perhaps a shared agreement on what’s good to eat and what isn’t, but it seems fixed. Everyone knows the French are arrogant, or maybe … Continue reading

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Thinking about Masculinity

It was always a battle of the sexes – the Republican Party was always the Daddy Party. That meant they were firm and a little brutal about things, but it was for our own good, for the good of the … Continue reading

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The Odd Charm of Simple Uninformed Honesty

Maybe it started with Brigitte Bardot in 1956 and that film And God Created Woman. Bardot was really something. Or maybe it started a few years earlier with Leslie Caron in An American in Paris – as she was something … Continue reading

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Thinking About Age and Wisdom

Well, another year rolled around, and another birthday. But after all the years it’s just another day. On your birthday you might take a moment to note that yes – you’re still alive, in spite of it all. Or you … Continue reading

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