Tag Archives: The Uses of History

The Day Goldwater Finally Won

History disappears. What happened long ago becomes no more than dry words on a page, or a curious hour on basic cable, on one of those channels that no one watches – where Hitler always loses the war or Martin … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Dark

Retirement’s an odd thing, that time when you no longer have to show up at the office, or actually when no one will ever hire you again, and you get to do what you always wanted to do. That’s of … Continue reading

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Fighting the Flow of History

Okay, fine – it’s less than a week to the first presidential debate, and then two more will follow, along with a vice-presidential debate in there somewhere, and then we all vote, if we can, given all the new hoops … Continue reading

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Nothing is Unprecedented

Parents and teachers all know the general rule about dealing with adolescents in deep distress, when the kid is sure his or her world is falling apart. Yes, it isn’t falling apart – one bad grade or one lost game, … Continue reading

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French Lessons

“We’ll always have Paris.” That’s one of the great movie lines of all time, but of course Rick’s Café Américain was a soundstage at Warner Brothers over in Burbank – sunny Casablanca itself was one of the lots out back. … Continue reading

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The Party of Sour Crankiness

Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the time – but when something’s not working, and you now know it’s never going to work – for structural reasons, or practical reasons, or because the parties in question simply … Continue reading

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