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Disorganized notes on the dangers of political nostalgia
I've been thinking a lot about the dangers of nostalgia as a political ideology. I wrote about it in a column last year, focusing on Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan and Bernie Sanders’ call to take our country back. Both are backward-looking slogan...
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Even the losers get lucky -- notes on Tom Petty
Tom Petty has died. The 66-year-old rocker suffered a hear attack in California, cutting short a long career and leaving fans like me a bit dazed. It's been a rough stretch for musical icons — in the last two years we've lost Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, M...
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Food Lines
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I thought I was a beat, but I was just a boy, part 16
I thought I was a beat, but I was just a boy Notes on Re-Reading Kerouac in my 50s: Part 16 (Read Part 15 here , Part 14 , Part 13 here , Part 12 here , Part 11 here , Part 10 here , Part 9 here , Part 8 here , Part 7 here , Part 6 here , Part 5 here , Part...
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Dreamers deserve better than Trump and Sessions
Immigration attorney Oscar Barbosa councils a Dreamer during a DACA information session in Hightstown in 2012. Sessions words during press conference: "illegal, alien, taking jobs" At the end of day, that's how they see us #DACARepeal #DACA — Alejandro (@el...
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I thought I was a beat, but I was just a boy, part 13
I thought I was a beat, but I was just a boy  Notes on Re-Reading Kerouac in my 50s   Part  12 (Read Part 12 here ,  Part 11 here ,  Part 10 here ,  Part 9 here ,  Part 8 here ,  Part 7 here ,  Part 6 here ,  Part 5 here ,  Part 4 here ,  Part 3 here ,  Par...
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A lesson in beer cans and bottles
Liam Hudock -- @libeerguy -- offered me a short lesson on the science of beer packaging at @portjeffbrewing. The key, he said, is oxygen. Oxygen and sunlight are bad for beer, which is why bottled beer gets slinky when it goes from cold to warm and back to ...
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Cafe envy
#CafeEnvy // Every corner a strip mall. Every strip mall a pizza place. Dry cleaners. Chinese food. Maybe bagels. I long for a cafe, a coffeehouse, a place with soft chairs and low tables, where I can sit with a black coffee and write. A place with small ta...
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Jessica Mendoza and the privilege of the booth
Jessica Mendoza when she was on the United States Olympic softball team in 2008. She is now ESPN’s first female baseball analyst. Credit Al Bello/Getty Images The outdated assumption that there are men's realms ...
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