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If Given A Choice, Always Choose “Trick”

November 24, 2015

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NOTHING IS LIKE IT USED TO BE Every description of any ancient or medieval civilization always features the same sort of footnote or marginal aside: the vague mention of a festival or holiday that sounds totally insane and like a lot of fun. The Romans had so many holidays it’s a true wonder that they had any […]

A trip to the PGA Championship

January 24, 2014

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The PGA Championship Pretty much any top-level sporting event is an enjoyable spectating experience, regardless of what it is and whether or not you have any interest in it. Every four years we go crazy over exciting sports like beach volleyball in one’s underwear, horses jumping over poles, and boxing with funny head gear on […]

A week marinating in murder

January 20, 2012

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I have to consult a calendar to learn what day of the week it is.  I’m proud of the fact that I’m sitting upright while typing this.  I have eaten a half dozen bowls of mom-prepared custard, and it’s not nearly enough.  This is the aftermath. Obviously this web log thing is an account of […]

OJ Simpson Was My Vietnam

October 30, 2011

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Our parents had Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.  They had Watergate and Deepthroat.  They had Dallas, and Memphis, and the Ambassador Hotel.  They had empirical confirmation of the adolescent’s intuitive understanding that the world is not fair, and screwed up, and corrupt.  I envied them that at the time. We had happy go lucky Jean […]