Monthly Archives: June 2018

Worst Songs Ever: Neil Sedaka’s ‘Bad Blood’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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‘Say hello to your boy’

Distrusted by conservatives, mocked by the late Antonin Scalia for encasing helium gas instead of writing sturdy opinions, Anthony Kennedy was a unique figure on the bench, and like self-constructed so-called moderates like Susan Collins and Joe Manchin he encouraged … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: The Bangles’ ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit readin’ Derek Walcott

With the retirement of Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court becomes the first conservative-majority one since the early Hughes if not Taft eras. Charles Evans Hughes at least had mild Progressive roots that gave moral strength to his canny political instincts … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Blind Melon’s ‘No Rain’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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So it has come to this — the retirement of Anthony Kennedy

Nothing showed Anthony Kennedy’s character than the manner in which he left. The crucial vote on Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Romer v. Evans, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and Obergefell v. Hodges has ceded his seat to a successor that will destroy … Continue reading

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Bookchat 2018 #2

Barbara Pym – Excellent Women (1952) and A Glass of Blessings (1958). Mid twentieth century British literature boasts many figures who specialized in miniatures. Call it a response to postwar scarcity or an acknowledgment that their American cousins had the aptitude … Continue reading

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The way we live now

If in 2005 a friend had asked me to endorse a candidate with “socialist” somewhere in her literature I’d have looked nervously over my shoulder — this is Miami, and I’m of Cuban-American descent. Andrew Sullivan bewitched me. I was … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s ‘Head to Toe’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The so-called civility crisis

At best a tepid enthusiast of Michelle Goldberg’s columns, I hereby endorse her latest, in which she parses the levels of gall necessary to be a member of the Beltway pundit class that regards civility as a heaven to which … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Blood Sweat & Tears’ ‘Spinning Wheel’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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‘Deplorables are not a protected class’ – an amateur lawyer’s take

Let me stress: despite my interest in legal history, I am no lawyer. My dilettante’s knowledge of constitutional points allows me to posture on Facebook, though. Since the Red Hen in Lexington asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave a few … Continue reading

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