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The worst sports broadcasters

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On November 24, 2008
This is a very trivial issue, but on the other hand this is an eclectic blog. Why are so many high-profile sports broadcasters so incredibly bad? OK, I’m sure broadcasting a sports event, like just about everything else in this world, is harder than it looks if you’ve never tried to do it. But I’m […]

No we can’t

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On November 18, 2008
This story, indicating that the Obama administration is bailing on the idea even investigating whether criminal charges ought to be brought against Bush administration officials who committed war crimes such as torture, is very discouraging. From the standpoint of both the demands of justice and the politically intelligent thing to do, giving off signals that […]

Are "drugs" "bad?"

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On November 12, 2008

Some of the comments made to Rob’s post on the devastating effects the U.S. drug war has on Mexico and other nations take the view that (simplifying somewhat) yes, “drugs” produce a

David Foster Wallace

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On November 12, 2008

A book I’ve always meant to read but have never gotten around to is A. Alvarez’s study of suicide, The Savage God. Given its prevalence (about twice as common as homicide in the US) itR

Handbags and gladrags

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On November 10, 2008
Things you learn while shopping for other people: I had to buy a wedding gift for somebody who is registered at Nordstrom, and in the course of surfing the store’s internet site I ran into this. Now I guess I generally think of myself as a somewhat sophisticated fellow, but if you had asked me […]

The end of something

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On November 5, 2008

Race in America has always seemed to me like the terrible secret at the end of Chinatown, that isn’t really a secret at all. Forget it, Jake . . . Anyway.

Revolution Blues

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On November 3, 2008
I’m already depressed about Obama’s big victory tomorrow. Maybe it’s because my dog is dying, maybe it’s because I’m tangled up in blue over matters of the heart, maybe it’s because I’m listening to On the Beach at 11 AM, but at the moment the only sensation I’m feeling about an Obama win — and […]

Scrambling for the lifeboats

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On November 3, 2008

A friend of mine was telling me today that the US Attorney’s office in Denver has just hired several fairly high-ranking Department of Justice lawyers as Assistant US Attorneys. What’s not

The way we live now

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On October 31, 2008

I imagine my own experience with blogging isn’t unusual for someone of my age and background. I think I first heard the word “blog” around 2001 or 2002. I don’t think I started

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