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On a lighter note

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This morning’s New York Times had an article about She Stoops to Comedy, a new play by David Greenspan. The conceit, essentially, is that a lesbian couple is having difficulties, as Alexandra is terribly possessive; when her girlfriend gets cast…

The Mikado, or the Town of Chichibu

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This morning’s New York Times has an interesting article (regreq, as usual) about a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado in Japan. Evidently, it had never been performed in Japan by a Japanese cast for a Japanese audience, until a…

The French, again

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If Your Humble Blogger keeps on about the French, it’ll be a running gag, right? Which every blog needs, right? Well, Regis DeBray, a former adviser to Mitterrand, writes in French, translated by Jeffrey Mehlman, in this morning’s New…

S.U.V. bashing bashed

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In this morning’s New York Times, somebody named Woody Hochswender writes that people should stop giving him grief about driving an SUV. It’s an incoherent mess of an article, chock full o’ logical inconsistencies. I’m going to break it down,…

Fun with Polls!

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This morning’s New York Times web site has a new poll, and that means it’s time for … Meaningless Data! According to the poll, 56% of respondents feel “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” This is…

OK, about the war

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Well, and it’s about time I wrote about the war. The Iraqi war. That one. I’ve been reluctant to write about it, and I’m still reluctant, and I’m overall very reluctant, and here goes. I am, reluctantly, pro-war. I follow…

Now, where did I put that severed head?

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In one of those that’s-just-cool stories, the New York Times reports that Andrea del Verrocchio’s sculpture of David had originally been intended to have Goliath’s severed head behind David’s left foot, but that wouldn’t fit on the pedestal, so…