Tag Archives: Thomas Frank

In Medias Res Again

From Homer to Hamlet to Faulkner to half the James Bond movies, stories are best told in medias res – start in the mysterious dramatic hot middle of the story then, later, use brief flashbacks to make all the frenetic … Continue reading

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The Kansas Way

Never trust cultural critics, those who look at the sweep of history, and at the moment, and tell us all where this is all heading. The struggle of our times, after Hitler and Tojo were gone, was the epic battle … Continue reading

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Ghost Politics

Living in the middle of Hollywood seemed a good idea at the time, but that was twenty years ago. Now it is what it is. Like the rest of Los Angeles, Hollywood is dry and hard, baking in the brutal … Continue reading

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The American Game

It may be that the lost America that everyone on the right longs for still exists down there in Texas, where they still take high school football seriously – even if no one else does. For everyone else it’s more … Continue reading

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Sinking in the Deep State

Everyone knows the government is broken. The very day that Obama was first elected, back in 2008, key House and Senate Republicans met privately and agreed that their party would oppose anything Obama proposed, and stop it if they could, … Continue reading

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A Whole Lot of Duping Going On

We’re old now, but we know we were right – those of us who are still alive. Imagine coming of age in the sixties – sitting in high school chemistry class and listening to the announcement over the tinny speakers … Continue reading

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Wanting To Be One of the Useless Hated Rich

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the fifties was a sort of The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet in the Rust Belt. After those first years in the Czech community down in the dark valley by the even darker river, listening … Continue reading

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