Tag Archives: The New Normal

Navigating the New Normal

Teenage boys and eccentric old men like science fiction. The rest of us have enough to deal with in the real world – we don’t have time for fanciful alternatives. What Gene Roddenberry dreamed up in his Star Trek franchise … Continue reading

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Getting Used to Dismal

Far too many have noted that Americans are a narrow and insular people, with few holding passports and even fewer having used those passports to go anywhere in particular. That’s vaguely insulting, or is meant to be, but probably right … Continue reading

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The Coming Year of Transparent Nonsense

The context – New Years Day here in Hollywood – the streets were empty. Everyone was over in Pasadena watching that Tournament of Roses Parade – which is kind of the apotheosis of corporate kitsch – or else they were … Continue reading

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The House of Cards

It was something that James Branch Cabell said in The Silver Stallion (1926) – that the optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds – they do that sort of thing – and the pessimist fears that … Continue reading

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