Tag Archives: Frank Rich

Goethe Is Always Pithy

Set aside that the beloved character that Arthur Conan Doyle created, that extraordinary consulting detective (as he calls himself) – yes, Sherlock Holmes – is a borderline dysfunctional sociopath. In that new movie Robert Downey Jr. plays him as such. … Continue reading

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We Win and They Lose but We Lose

How one becomes a respected pundit – one of those folks paid good money to say look, this happened, and here’s a few ways to think about it, and do so in a major newspaper, and then chat on CNN … Continue reading

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All-American Noise

It’s a fascinating title – The Quiet American – an interesting novel, twice made into interesting films. The American in question is thoughtful, soft-spoken, intellectual, serious, and idealistic. What was Graham Greene thinking? But the American in question was a … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Armor

Americans don’t get around much. Sure, Johnny Cash sang I’ve Been Everywhere, Man – not a bad patter song, if you can imagine Gilbert and Sullivan going Country – but in that song everywhere was, save for two Canadian cities, … Continue reading

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Unpleasant People

Some people like a challenge, but most of us simply avoid unpleasant people. Those of us who came of age in the sixties – we used to be called hippies, and then we became liberals, and now it seems we’re … Continue reading

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The Most Trusted Name in Something or Other

A long, long time ago – it was the mid-seventies, when Disco was king and lapels were wide and Jaws met Young Frankenstein in the Towering Inferno and all the rest. It was an odd time to be an English … Continue reading

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Cultural Whiplash

It was over ten years ago in London, Ontario – on assignment running the systems shop at the big locomotive factory there, for two years. London, halfway between Detroit and Toronto, was, and no doubt still is, a wonderful place … Continue reading

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