Tag Archives: The American Dream

Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Making Do When Things Are Worse Than Ever

Yes, a Masters from Duke University in Eighteenth Century British Literature, and the PhD work, are pretty useless – at least they were in the mid-seventies. That led to a Dead Poet’s Society gig at a northeastern prep school, but … Continue reading

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Dead at the Center

California was empty, then it filled up, and that’s why there are no native Californians. Some families have been here for generations, but they are all descendants of some previous generation that came here to reinvent themselves, because there was … Continue reading

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Managing Diminished Expectations

Ah, the first Tuesday in June was a big news day – if the big news is that what everyone knew would happen actually happened. In Wisconsin, the recall of anti-worker pro-business Republican governor, Scott Walker, seemingly out to dismantle … Continue reading

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The Careless People

Yeah, yeah – one day you’re going to write the Great American Novel. But it’s already been done. And it’s not Moby Dick – too odd and impenetrable for most folks. And it’s not Huckleberry Finn – that’s still a … Continue reading

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The World of Our Fathers

Baby Boomers talk admiringly of their late fathers, and you’d think that is a Greatest Generation thing, but much of the talk has little to do with the war in Europe or in the Pacific. Hitler had to go, and … Continue reading

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A Long Fine Flash

Hunter Thompson was onto something when he wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – he called it “a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream.” And the preface quotes Samuel Johnson – “He who makes a beast of … Continue reading

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