Tag Archives: Ozzie and Harriet

In Search of the Imaginary Middle

Those on the left have been making fun of those on the right since all those town hall meetings during the August 2009 congressional recess, when, as the Affordable Care Act and Death Panels were the big issue, it seemed … Continue reading

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Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past

It’s always about the past. That’s why Fitzgerald’s Gatsby novel is considered the great American novel. It’s all about a noble but flawed fellow who wants to recapture the past, in the person of his one true love from long … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work Never Done

One way to bore a vital and enthusiastic young person to tears is to talk about the Good Old Days – or if they weren’t so good, the Old Days. No, no stories about how you had to walk five … Continue reading

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Racism and Nostalgia

Some people have no use for nostalgia and others can’t live without it – probably because their life peaked-out in their senior year in high school. It’s been all downhill since then – a bit of college, reluctantly settling for … Continue reading

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Being There

The fifties was a time when you really did have to be a real American – and it probably had less to do Joe McCarthy than it had to do with Ozzie and Harriet. The stupefying red scare was remote, … Continue reading

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Induced Xenophobia

It’s hard to be xenophobic in Los Angeles. You’d have to stay home with the windows closed. Back in the eighties it was sitting and sipping scotch down in San Pedro late at night with the retired Croatian merchant marine … Continue reading

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