Tag Archives: David Frum

The Fourth Inventory

Everyone knows the Fourth of July is for picnics and parades and fireworks. It’s not a heavy holiday – the days when some local politician would give an “inspiriting” speech in the park are long gone. People wave flags. That’ll … Continue reading

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The Purest Politics

Call it identity politics, or tribal politics, but it’s clear that when it comes time to choose someone to run things, that someone should be one of “us” – because few have the time or energy or patience to consider … Continue reading

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Rebels and Apostates

It was one of those brilliant sunny days in Los Angeles – July 1, 2004 – and traffic was at a dead stop on Mulholland Drive. It was all the news vans. Marlon Brando had just died and everyone in … Continue reading

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Warning Lights on the Dashboard

If you’re going to live in Hollywood you should do it right, so ten years ago, or maybe more, it was a new Mini Cooper S – the one with the supercharger and the fat tires and the close-ratio six-speed … Continue reading

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Assessing Regret

Ask anyone. The French can’t do rock – not the head-banging stuff, or the surfer stuff, or the bar-band stuff – none of it. Johnny Hallyday may be the French Elvis Presley – but that’s kind of a joke. He … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Here, one block up from the Sunset Strip at the foot of Laurel Canyon, tucked out of the way, summer nights are quiet. The apartment has a balcony out back – a good place to sit and smoke a pipe. … Continue reading

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Forgetting Ecclesiastes

Things end, and that college graduation, way back in June 1969, seems odd now. There was an elaborate commencement ceremony of course, and someone tangentially famous probably gave a fine and uplifting address to us all – but it’s hard … Continue reading

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