Tag Archives: The Culture Wars

Straight Outta Hollywood

Hollywood seemed like a good idea at time. Why not live at the center of American pop culture? The center of everything serious and important in America may be Manhattan, but no one can afford to live there, and it’s … Continue reading

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That War for the Soul of America

Sunday morning – Los Angeles – and the Los Angeles Times lands with a loud thump outside the front door – and of course it’s irrelevant. No one gets their news from actual physical newspapers anymore. Whatever’s in any newspaper … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Culture Wars

No one knows what to make of Maine – they have lobsters there, and not very many people, and deep pine woods out to forever, with black-flies that will eat you alive in the short Maine summers. It snows the … Continue reading

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The Glorious Day When Nothing Happened

The Brits have a holiday they used to celebrate but they don’t much bother with now – Guy Fawkes Night – because few people now remember the Gunpowder Plot and why it’s important to hate the Pope. The new Pope we … Continue reading

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Seeking That Simple Explanation

The Baltimore Sun really shouldn’t have sent H. L. Mencken to cover that Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, back in 1925 – the one where Clarence Darrow faced off against William Jennings Bryan on the matter of evolution, specifically on … Continue reading

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Noting What Already Happened

Culture wars are tricky. By the time people get really hot and bothered about something or other – long hair and antiwar stuff in the late sixties perhaps – what has upset them is already the norm. Back then, at … Continue reading

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Dangerous When Cornered

It’s a useful cliché – wild animals are dangerous when cornered. That’s why hunters wear camouflage and hide in blinds. The point is to kill those critters before they know what’s happening – sneak up on them before they realize … Continue reading

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