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‘I’m gay, he’s black, and he’s older than you’

He was seen in a flash in Selma, recognizable to those who knew by the hornrims and shock of erect salt and pepper. hair. The career of Bayard Rustin was like that: the indispensable man who receded when it was … Continue reading

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History is bunk: The Sphinx

Reading The Sphinx is like listening to a grandmother recount an oft told tale, each telling with a shift of emphasis, different point of entry, and, for the blessed, a new detail. What I learned in Nicholas Wapshott’s book about … Continue reading

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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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