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‘A capacity for living with doubt, revaluation and crisis’

Beautifully put: Unlike the other distinguished graduates of Partisan Review, Howe never surrendered the banner of socialism. The fact that he remained fairly isolated in his adherence to the old faith irked him. And it was his isolation that caused … Continue reading

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Inherent Vice: California dreaming

Paranoia, fear of Manson-like cults, and suspicion of long hairs and hard hats alike fail to dim the honeyed light with which Inherent Vice is suffused. Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s loopy 2009 novel is the mellowest item … Continue reading

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Colm Toibin and Henry Adams

Colm Toibin – Nora Webster The title character, newly widowed, practices the art of losing faster, faster, and it isn’t hard to master. She doesn’t want the house her husband bequeathed her — she wants to sell it and use … Continue reading

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Money, money, money: The Politicos

Gilded Age nothing—think of the last quarter of the nineteenth century as the Bearded Age. The average citizen may not be able to distinguish Rutherford B. Hayes from Chester Arthur, but there’s no way those men could have served as … Continue reading

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‘I don’t think there is any reason to fear these books’

By all means let’s discuss the influence of Moses on the founding of the Republic and ignore Madison. Texas has made it easier: The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 … Continue reading

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What’s another word for buried treasure?

I can’t start a new week without noting that a beloved author from my childhood died a few days ago. Second only to founder Edward Packard in the number of titles written under his name, R.A. Montgomery also wrote the … Continue reading

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If you don’t like the effect, don’t produce the cause: Nelson Rockefeller

Look at the winners of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Joni Ernst? The United Nations is going to take your children and guns. Tom Cotton? The Affordable Care Act is a food stamp bill. Nelson Rockefeller could have paid for seventeen special … Continue reading

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