Things I Hate

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Elie Wiesel, in a recent lecture, said that he had so much difficulty defining what he was for, that he decided to start with what he was against. His list (from my notes): ignorance, hunger, racism, hatred, comparisons, humiliation,…

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…

Big Dig, etc.

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Today’s Boston Globe article about the Big Dig reminded me of the story about the two african dictators talking about how much they personally had benefited from foreign investment and aid. The host gestured out from the porch of his…

More about France

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A second thought, after linking to Freidman on France… I’m getting sick of the jokes about the weakness/sissiness/unmanliness of the French. I’m an American, in case you haven’t yet picked that fact up from context, and as far as I…

Starting out

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I suppose the worst part of starting a blog (if that’s the appropriate name for this Tohu Bohu) is the pressure on that first entry. It should be wise, witty, surprising, kicky, just a bit sexy, and give everybody in…