Monthly Archives: January 2012

On the Taxonomy of Gloom

Most of us view the world as more benign than it really is… —Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow Message from a friend I haven’t seen for many years: “Maridel (my daughter) told me about your blog. I see you are … Continue reading

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On The Gift of Desperation

The Time for System D is now —Robert Neuwirth Tamales, she sells. From a shopping cart, standing in front of a downtown Manhattan deli. And Mole Poblano, which, you understand, is a sauce of divine origin. In the 16th century, the story … Continue reading

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Lera

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It comes to me now in song: “Woman,” the songwriter sings, “Best you be a looker, a hooker, a pretty good cooker and interesting to talk to!” And, when I was old enough to be told so, Dad allowed as … Continue reading

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Charles David Roth, 1906-1971

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The word was, he once owned an elephant. It’s a plausible story, given his fine sense of the ridiculous. It would be the thing a bachelor living in Asia during its heyday would do. More interesting is how he got from the … Continue reading

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Operation Blue Star, 1959

Imperialism moved forward, not as a result of commercial or political pressure from London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, or even Washington, but mainly because of men on the periphery, many of whom were soldiers, pressed to enlarge the boundaries of … Continue reading

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