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David Brooks and the Search for Character

David Brooks is one of those talented people who has managed to get himself disliked in many circles. As a resident conservative at the New York Times… 980 more words

The World Sucks and Nothing Makes it Better

A long time ago I wrote, tongue-in-cheek, that “the world sucks and nothing makes it better.” I was referring to the paradox that so many of the things that we do to try to improve ourselves—yoga, reading books, religion—don’t always (or even usually) produce tangible benefits in terms of our health, our morality, or our overall well-being. 1,219 more words

Daily Check Up

Podcasts have become an important part of my retirement life. Driving in the car I listen to news podcasts and story telling podcasts. When I wake up in the middle of the night I listen to old radio shows to help me get back to sleep. 658 more words

Enough bashing of the poors, already!

An important article from The Nation.

It begins with a quote from “The Undeserving Poor” by Michael Katz which I read when I took a course on poverty at UCSB in the early 1990s. 190 more words

David Brooks: Love and Merit

New York Times: There are two great defining features of child-rearing today. First, children are now praised to an unprecedented degree. As Dorothy Parker once joked, American children aren’t raised; they are incited. 119 more words


Commencement Speaker Announced

For Dartmouth seniors, the end of April brings more than just mid-term examinations and excursions to the baseball diamond: it also means the announcement of the June commencement speaker. 158 more words


some kudos for stumblers!

New York Times columnist David Brooks is everywhere right now. He’s appeared on the Sunday Morning News shows, Charlie Rose, and (of course) the PBS News Hour. 248 more words