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The New Heroics

Someone has to stand up to the bullies and sometimes the most unlikely someone does. That would be Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca – burnt out and cynical and nobody’s hero, nobody’s patsy actually, hiding out the war in … Continue reading

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The New Age of Kafka

The handsome and noble and brave Victor Lazlo in Casablanca – played by an Austrian, Paul Henreid – was Czech. That character had to be Czech. Czechs were heroes back then, and Neville Chamberlain had a bit to do with that. … Continue reading

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