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Paper Straws

That strange intense little man with a way of making everything oddly vivid and dramatic – always overstating everything – was back again: Former short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Monday that President Trump is “giving people a … Continue reading

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Making Something of Nothing

In the great scheme of things, if there is one, professional football hardly matters – but professional football can be made to matter. There are other schemes. Professional football can become political football. Then it matters. Then it’s time to … Continue reading

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The Last Saturday Night

In January 1976 – a long time ago – Saturday Night topped the charts – a feel-good song recorded by the Scottish pop-rock band Bay City Rollers – the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” as they were known, and then forgotten. The song was awful, … Continue reading

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No Right to Be Here

Desiderata – “desired things” in Latin – is the notion behind Les Crane’s 1971 spoken-word recording Desiderata – “You are a child of the universe… You have a right to be here.” That was the chorus, matched with soothing smug … Continue reading

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Everything That Good Honest Americans Should Hate

Those of us who graduated from college in 1969, as the curtain came down on the cultural/political/sexual/musical revolution that changed America and the world forever – if it did – turn seventy this year. That’s old, but we left the … Continue reading

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Imagine No Religion

Think back to October 1971 and John Lennon’s last wistful cri de coeur of the dying sixties counterculture – “Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky” – … Continue reading

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The Culture War Resumes

America can stand down now. The holidays are over and we all dodged a bullet – no one brought up politics at dinner. Your conservative Fox News relatives didn’t sneer about Obama – the man won the election decisively – … Continue reading

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