Category Archives: Commentary

History is not a feel-good story

This is a re-post that generally reflects my frustration with the American approach to teaching and thinking about its own history. It’s not specifically about Martin Luther King Jr., but I think it applies, particularly when MLK Jr. is treated … Continue reading

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Starting the year off with an observation

I’ve had a busier January 1 than usual, so I will post just this: I have zero interest in doing anything with the Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse. Or any version, really. Moving on….

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Et tu, Ken???

You may remember several months ago when I was irate that a really good player on Jeopardy! lost because he misspelled the Final Jeopardy answer by one letter? A refresher: I don’t remember the numbers in play, but the game was … Continue reading

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A regret

My mother missed outliving Henry Kissinger by just eighteen days. She would have liked to see him go.  

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“The poor man can’t concentrate for more than an hour. YOU gave him four.”

The title quote comes from Amadeus, when Mozart protests to Salieri that his new opera, The Marriage of Figaro, has closed after just nine performances. The opera’s fate, according to the film, was doomed when Emperor Joseph II of Austria yawned during … Continue reading

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On Festivals and the Dating Thereof

NOTE: I’ve had this in drafts for-EVER (I started this post in August 2022!), and I think it’s now time to go ahead and finish it, because it’s that time of year again. Not the time of year indicated in … Continue reading

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Why write bad reviews?

Roger asked me an interesting question via email: When is an appropriate time to write a negative review? This was in response to a comment I left on his post in which he talked about “reaction videos”, which he’s not … Continue reading

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Stealing on a Sunday? Seems suspicious.

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I’m going to do one now, just because. So there! 1. What is your favorite book? Fiction, author no longer alive: The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. Fiction, author … Continue reading

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“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!” –Letterkenny

The other day I was having a conversation with a manager at work: SHE: I have a passion for [activity that can actually be really lucrative], and I’m really good at it! ME: Really? SHE: Yes! [She shows me photos … Continue reading

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