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A (semi-regular) status check

No particular reason, feel free to ignore this one as just me talking to myself.

I’m about 40% through The Age of Extremes, and it’s beginning to get interesting. 382 more words

Reading

Goodbye, Columbus*

Monday October 13th is Columbus Day–a state and federal holiday, observed in New Jersey by the cessation of most business across the state (government offices, schools, colleges, universities, banks, and most other businesses or agencies are closed–except, of course, where frantic… 1,666 more words

Educated? Who, me?

From Allan Bloom’s “The closing of the American mind”, chapter titled “The Clean Slate”.

This was written 27 (!) years ago. My personal opinion is that it is… 218 more words

Culture

Our Dumb and Dumber Democracy

Freedom vs. Equality

You can have freedom or you can have equality.

But much as Americans may think they embrace these two ideals, the conflicts between them frequently put voters on the horns of a dilemma. 736 more words

Allan Bloom

Trapped in a Thunderstorm with Ravelstein

The thunderstorm came in loud and clear yesterday morning.

Heavy rain, thunder and lightening.

Lots of lightening.

Flashing and booming.

I was inside, safe and warm as it were. 408 more words

Literature

Ahab leave the whale alone!

Why didn’t Romeo and Juliet tell their dysfunctional families to go jump?

Then the happy couple could have moved to California and lived together in peace. 288 more words

Literature