Tag Archives: Rand Paul

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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Political Indigestion

The Republicans’ fifth debate of this cycle, and the last of this year, held at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian Hotel and Casino in the heart of Las Vegas, was a bit of a hot mess – even if CNN’s Wolf Blitzer … Continue reading

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The Night of the Shark

Many, if not most, of the network daytime soap operas of old disappeared long ago. Prime time soap operas like Dallas and Dynasty have disappeared too. Reality shows come and go. No one misses Duck Dynasty. Fewer and fewer people … Continue reading

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Chameleon Politics

In the summer of 1964 it was two weeks at a music camp in Elkhart, Indiana. It took two weeks to get the Pittsburgh accent back. The flattened vowels and the drawl were gone just before that senior year in … Continue reading

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Still Waiting

Let’s say you were in Paris on February 17, 1952 – and of course you weren’t (probably) – but let’s say you were there, quietly sipping cognac, alone, and listening to the radio. Ah, what’s this? Ah, an abridged version … Continue reading

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Before He Disappears

There’s that 1946 sad bar song Angel Eyes – perfect for Frank Sinatra in his rather fine later seen-it-all burnt out years, and a jazz standard because it has great changes – but it’s the narrative that makes the song. … Continue reading

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Another Political Curiosity

It’s odd to have been born in Pittsburgh and to have done graduate work at Duke University and to end up elsewhere, but life here in Hollywood, just off the Sunset Strip, is pleasant enough. And really, lots of people … Continue reading

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