Tag Archives: Charlie Hebdo

The Breath of the Dragon

California seemed like a good idea at the time, 1981, and Manhattan Beach was cool, in its funky way, but it wasn’t a serious place. A few years later it was a condo in Culver City, not far from the … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Insults

Some call it “festive abuse” and some have made a good living at it. One of those was Don Rickles – still around but growing mellow now, and certainly less active. He’s an old guy now and insult comedy is … Continue reading

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No Day for Cynics

This was no day for cynics. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes everyone says enough is enough, and they take to the streets, and the world changes. That happened in 1789 in Paris, when the people, fed up with the … Continue reading

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The Perils of Rigorous Skepticism

Like any good eighteenth century Englishman, the poet William Blake (1757-1827) didn’t like the French. It was their rigorous skepticism that often veered into ridicule and mockery – and he thought the Enlightenment was a big mistake. They started that, … Continue reading

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