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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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And WHAT a mantle!

“[The president] had the happy faculty of feeling [at one with] himself and this was one of the most extreme cases of it that I have ever seen because he must know hat we are all against him on Gymnast,” … Continue reading

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Ezra Pound: the harsh, tribal clangor

If in the last fifty years discussions about Ezra Pound’s fascist sympathies and anti-semitism have obscured his poetic achievement, then perhaps the poetic achievement was minor anyway. His achievements as editor and mentor are a cultural history of twentieth century … Continue reading

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