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Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Elitism, USA, War

On the highway to Toledo we passed several tour buses full of what looked like Americans, digital cameras already in hand, and as we drew past them I expressed infinite disdain, which I could do easily with my eyebrows, for every tourist whose gaze I met. My look accused them of supporting the war, of […]

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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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McEwen and Johnson – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on McEwen and Johnson – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australiana, Politics, US Politics, USA

As Prime Minister, McEwen welcomed US President Johnson to Australia for the memorial service for Harold Holt and they hit it off immediately. Both were farmers and both were in the cattle business. Johnson invited McEwen to his Texas ranch—an invitation McEwen later took up. At the ranch, McEwen had a particularly bad time with […]

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Orwell and Segregation – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens

July 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Orwell and Segregation – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens · Culture, USA

As the curtain was descending, his mind almost changed. Philip Rahv wrote to him from Partisan Review, urging him to come and visit his many American admirers. Acutely aware of the state of Orwell’s health, he added that there were many ideal climates in the United States, well-suited to his tubercular condition. For a brief […]

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The Holocaust was pretty bad – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos

May 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on The Holocaust was pretty bad – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos · Political Communication, Politics, US Politics, USA

The thought of the president trying to concentrate on his delivery as gobbledygook whirred by his eyes made me sick with worry — for him and me. This screwup might not have been my fault, but it was my responsibility. ‘This is the worst thing that’s ever happened,’ I muttered. ‘I dunno,’ replied Mike Feldman, […]

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