Tag Archives: Rick Perlstein

Dying in Iowa

Things go to Iowa to die. February 3, 1959, was the day the music died – in a cornfield just outside Clear Lake. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in that plane crash. Don … Continue reading

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Dana’s Point

There was a birthday party out here this weekend – Richard Henry Dana would have been two hundred years old on Saturday, if anyone lasted that long. He didn’t, but his book Two Years Before the Mast did – so, … Continue reading

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Helter-Skelter

There’s the small shopping center down on the corner here, with a Starbucks and a multiplex and a trendy fitness gym and a Trader Joe’s – where Schwab’s Drug Store used to sit, where Lana Turner, in her tight sweater, … Continue reading

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November Nothing

Even those of us who aren’t sports fans know that early November is a bad time for sports fans. Baseball is over, long forgotten now, college basketball is just starting and March Madness is a long way off, and professional … Continue reading

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A Way of Seeing Things

Christmas Eve, 1998, was the strange one – sitting quietly in the hospital room in Pittsburgh, with the parents each in their separate beds, each drifting in an out of consciousness – and accepting that. They’d be back at the … Continue reading

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Saturday Night in Iowa

Okay, the Republicans had another debate, again on the night of the full moon. Republicans shouldn’t debate on the night of the full moon. The reasons are obvious. But they do persist in this. But really, no dogs howled, and … Continue reading

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Vacation Reading

What will you read on summer vacation? That may be a pointless question. No one in their right mind takes a vacation – they just go somewhere. And they work. You lug along the laptop or some iPad sort of … Continue reading

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