Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Dose of Poetry

For a variety of reasons, this is one of my favorite poems. Some days I think I understand it perfectly, while other days it comes through to me only in fragments, like a radio broadcasting from another country, in another … Continue reading

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I’ve been reading P.J. O’Rourke since before he was writing about politics — or at least before I knew he was, as I read my dad’s old National Lampoons. P.J. has a new book out, and the folks at RightNetwork … Continue reading

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… And Speaking of the Garage Revival…

… One of the niftier things I picked up for my birthday last weekend was a DVD compilation/documentary/sampler/300-page book called The Knights of Fuzz, which offers a sampling of videos from revivalists like the Chesterfield Kings and filmmaker Timothy Gassen’s … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like Weezer

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the bleeding edge of the Gen-X demographic, having turned 45 a couple of days ago, and as I’ve also mentioned, I’m increasingly weary of the smirking, meta-meta ethos of irony that has metastasized through … Continue reading

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News from a Former Hometown

From today’s Muncie (IN) Star-Press, a report of a car crashing into a daycare center. Fortunately, no one was injured, but I was struck by this line: No one was injured, but the wall of the office was knocked in … Continue reading

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“Solution Unsatisfactory”

The Major’s favorite writer, Jonah Goldberg, riffs a bit on education today at the Corner, calling the appalling performance of many of our public schools “Liberalism’s greatest failure.” I don’t entirely agree, but only because I think there’s enough blame … Continue reading

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I’m happily married, yet still somehow feel a sense of loss.

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Radical Teaching and Repressive Tolerance

Mark Bauerlein is an English professor at Emory, and I’d describe him as center-to-mostly-right. He blogs over at the CHE and draws a fair amount of flak from the commenters. But his writing pops up at other online sites, including … Continue reading

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A Musical Interlude

The Masters’ Apprentices — Wars or Hands of Time. I’ve loved this one since the first time I heard it, not least because of the tight, almost closed feel of the drum fills (probably just high-hat sizzle, but still a … Continue reading

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Words We Lack

It’s no secret that English is the slut of the linguistic village. A writer whose name I have forgotten said that although all languages borrow words from other languages, English will actually drag other languages into alleyways, beat them up … Continue reading

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