Tag Archives: Free Speech

This Small Greedy Man

There are things that don’t matter anymore. Professional boxing was once a big deal – in the twenties and thirties Americans were glued to their radios to listen to the blow-by-blow as Max Schmeling beat the crap out of Joe … Continue reading

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Not Quite Idle Threats

Those of us who have been there know. Teaching is difficult enough, teaching English borders on the impossible, but this makes things even harder: A new Texas law allowing people to carry guns on state college campuses is already putting … Continue reading

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Asking for Trouble

There’s a basketball game here in town tonight. The Buffalo Braves, who moved out here in the early eighties and became the San Diego Clippers, and then moved up the coast and became the Los Angeles Clippers, after years of … Continue reading

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No Day for Cynics

This was no day for cynics. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes everyone says enough is enough, and they take to the streets, and the world changes. That happened in 1789 in Paris, when the people, fed up with the … Continue reading

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The Perils of Rigorous Skepticism

Like any good eighteenth century Englishman, the poet William Blake (1757-1827) didn’t like the French. It was their rigorous skepticism that often veered into ridicule and mockery – and he thought the Enlightenment was a big mistake. They started that, … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Magnet

Some places are magnets – Manhattan, Paris, Hollywood – you’re going to end up there one day, somehow, and maybe you’ll stay, and maybe the move from upstate New York in 1981 was inevitable. The marriage had ended and the … Continue reading

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Browsing Free Speech

One advantage of being an old man, and there are few, is that you get to say you were there at the beginning of things – the cultural revolution of the sixties, for example, with the prefect alignment of that … Continue reading

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