Tag Archives: Satire

Sidestepping Optimism

The eighteenth century, which gave us the concept that we really could figure out the world, all on our own, by careful observation and then thinking about what we saw and then more observation, and which also gave us the … Continue reading

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Yeah, Right

Ah, it was that PhD dissertation that was never written – life intervened. It always does. But things stick with you, and actually kind of gnaw at you – not that anyone reads Jonathan Swift these days. People these days … Continue reading

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Masterful Storytelling, Most of It Quite Fanciful

This was the week Obama was in Ireland – but even if his great-grandfather’s grandfather was from Ireland, our president just doesn’t seem Irish. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas, and he was born in Hawaii … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It’s hard to explain an affinity for Jonathan Swift – the honors work in college and all the detailed work in graduate school. Swift was an odd duck, and an old duck – early eighteenth century. But there was something … Continue reading

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