Culture, High & Low

In the Company of Dead Men

RossettiMnemosyne1875-81WilmingtonA web August 11, 2015
And even then we will not have arrived at “the future.”
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What Ronda Rousey Knows About Caitlyn Jenner

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Hidden Springs Lane. Two of the biggest sports-related stories of this year include the dominance of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner to a world that knew him once as Bruce. Rousey has managed to…
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The Blouse, the Pig, and the Fox

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I can’t lead a fast break any more, but I can still see sideways.
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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The Stalinists Take South Carolina, or Why I Love Berlin

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Any expat will tell you that the longer they spend outside of their home country the easier it becomes to dispassionately examine the current events happening there. Last week my eyes fell upon the headline, “South Carolina waves the white flag.”…
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Killer Pumpkin: A GardenDisPatch

Au Sable July 14, 2015
It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
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Visit to a Small Planet

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY — As New Horizons races past Pluto this week, I offer this blast from the recent past, a tribute to the discoverer of the ninth planet (International Astronomical Union be damned), Clyde Tombaugh. The piece first appeared…
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Comes the Chicken Coop: A Dispatch

Chicken June 30, 2015
Laying hens, I warrant, are a vote for the long view.
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He Gets the Welcome He Deserves: A Dispatch

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Nor will I allow myself the fantasy a week hence.
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Comedians in Togas

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The Greeks were funny. We don’t usually think of them that way; we think of them as marbled patriarchs in togas, Really Important Men We Revere for Some Reason. Admittedly, we don’t usually think of them at all these days;…
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The Bar Jester Considers the Vanity of Doing Good

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Give away a third of your wealth.
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On Commencement Addresses

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Holland, MI It is graduation season. On campuses across the country graduates will be subject to the last compulsory and least remarkable rite of passage: the commencement address. By my calculations I have attended nearly 30 graduation ceremonies. Of the…
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Townsman, cont.

macbeth May 27, 2015
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
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Tom Fleming Retires

cover0105 May 21, 2015
Rockford, Illinois.  After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential magazine of the paleoconservative right, which was founded by Polish emigre Leopold Tyrmand…
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The Soul of Facebook Venting: Empowered Alternatives to Ranting Online

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In the old days, when you saw something in your morning newspaper that bothered you, you could vent your ballooning anger with a minute or two of hearty breakfast-table grumbling. Today, we have Facebook for that.   I know I…
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Why Bigamy is a Bad Idea

OscarWilde May 13, 2015
P.S. I don't hold with Oscar Wilde on that one.
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