Tag Archives: Christine O’Donnell

Still Stuck in High School

Some things just somehow say it all. In the recent midterm elections, in Delaware, in the one Senate debate, Christine O’Donnell, pressed on a policy matter, and looking a bit panicked, as it was clear she had no answer to … Continue reading

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The Death of the Thinking Man

Things used to be different. From 1958 through 1961 you could watch that weekly television series Wanted: Dead or Alive – yes, starring Steve McQueen. He was beyond cool. And he went on to be even cooler –The Magnificent Seven … Continue reading

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What We’d Rather Not Consider

Mid-October and just two weeks until the midterm elections, and it’s getting a tad crazy out there – in Nevada it’s Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me” and Angle: Illegal Aliens In My … Continue reading

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The Apotheosis of Authenticity

Live long enough and you sense an arch to things. And if you were off to college in the fall of 1965 you had no clue – something was just starting and all you had were discrete events. There were … Continue reading

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The Need for Habitual and Often Infuriating Thoroughness

What are intellectuals good for? Actually that’s the title of a fascinating book by George Scialabba – the book columnist for the Boston Globe, among other things. Here’s a link (with text) to Maureen Corrigan offering her thoughts on the … Continue reading

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No Need to Explain Yourself

Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms – not the clever quips from Oscar Wilde, who was Irish anyway – tend to like William Shenstone. He was that odd fellow who once said that the world may be divided into … Continue reading

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No Class

We are an egalitarian society where social class doesn’t matter at all, but we follow the royal family far more closely than the Brits. No one quite knows why. Yes, Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, but she doesn’t have … Continue reading

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