Tag Archives: Economic Mobility

Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Getting Used to Dismal

Far too many have noted that Americans are a narrow and insular people, with few holding passports and even fewer having used those passports to go anywhere in particular. That’s vaguely insulting, or is meant to be, but probably right … Continue reading

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Change of Possession

This is where they go to commercial break – seemingly endless thirty-second spots for oil filters and Viagra and pizza deals. Yeah, the full moon is rising early in the evening of the last day of August and college football … Continue reading

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On Accepting the Natural Order of Things

By all accounts Alexander Pope was a short and quite unpleasant man – four-foot-six and a hunchback – and with a chip on his shoulder from being a Catholic in Anglican England, and thus a double-outcast. Think of Marty Feldman … Continue reading

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