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The Middle of the Story

From Homer to Hamlet to Faulkner to James Bond movies, stories are best told in medias res – start in the mysterious dramatic hot middle of the story and then use brief flashbacks to make all the action suddenly comprehensible, and … Continue reading

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Trying to Settle Things

Some things were settled on the third Sunday in January. Tom Brady did it again. The New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, again. Jacksonville was always unlikely – the Jacksonville Jaguars are a team from the land … Continue reading

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The Anniversary Gift

There are rules that married couples should know. The twenty-fifth anniversary is the couple’s Silver Anniversary. The appropriate gift is something silver. The fiftieth anniversary is the couple’s Golden Anniversary. The appropriate gift is something gold – and after fifty … Continue reading

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Having No President At All

Small-government conservatives argue for as little government as possible, and some small-government conservatives argue for even less government than that. Grover Norquist – that fellow who wants lower and lower taxes, until there are none and the government runs out … Continue reading

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The Duffer

Donald Trump may be a duffer – a peddler, especially of cheap flashy articles, or an incompetent, ineffectual, or clumsy person, and colloquially, a mediocre golfer. Of course in Australia a “duffer” is a cattle rustler – but that doesn’t … Continue reading

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After the Victory

Donald Trump will always be that insecure wannabe loutish guy from Queens who could never impress the Old Money in Manhattan, no matter how many gold-plated toilets he had installed in his gold-plated penthouse high over Fifth Avenue. He was … Continue reading

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Way Out There

Someone has to keep an eye on things. Matt Shuham does that at Talking Points Memo. He was once the managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He’s been at this for some time, and this caught his eye: Four … Continue reading

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