Tag Archives: Ezra Klein

Box Office Politics

Pittsburgh was home and college was nearby, in Ohio, then it was graduate school in North Carolina, then the first job, teaching English in upstate New York – but California seemed inevitable. California seemed to be the center of things, … Continue reading

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Bananas

Conservatives just don’t get Woody Allen – he’s too New York and too Jewish. No, that’s not right. Woody Allen is the wrong kind of Jewish – a neurotic whiner, not like that Netanyahu fellow, who is all kill-them-all and … Continue reading

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Trapped in Tactical Decisions

The first week of March begins with the Great Sequestration in place – massive automatic cuts in almost all government spending, but not strategic cuts. These are universal percentage cuts, reducing the amount spent on good stuff just as much … Continue reading

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The Truth Is What Works

It’s a quiet Sunday evening here in Hollywood – no police helicopters overhead at the moment and no rioting down the block on the Sunset Strip. The massive skateboard riot at Sunset and Vine was Saturday night – things have … Continue reading

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No Reason to Expect Justice

Summer began – the summer solstice arrived, as it always does, and in Paris there was the Fête de la Musique – as there is every year. Along with the classical stuff in the parks and churches there’s always a … Continue reading

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Full Stop Fool Stop

Okay, September begins – the French call it La Rentrée – that’s when everyone comes back from their month off and Paris kind of reopens for business. The kids go back to school and everyone goes back to work, and … Continue reading

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Temperamental Fools

That recent column was a bit of a goof, the one that reviewed recent discoveries of structural differences in the brain structures of conservatives – there the part of the brain associated with anxiety and emotions, and which generates terror, … Continue reading

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