A toast of Campari, ginger ale and soda to Jerry. He told Christine Amanpour on CNN last week that he’d been praying to God for 20 more years of life so he could complete his work. He seemed pre
When asked, I’ve always said that if I didn’t pass quietly in my sleep at the age of 85, I would want to die — heroically defending my reputation for dexterity and rhythm — in
Just my imagination, or are there a lot of people dying lately? The Best and the Brightest is an outstanding book; I haven’t yet read War in a Time of Peace, but I have it and I’ll probabl
1931-2007. He got drunk and fell off a bridge once. Then he presided over the final wreckage of his country. If anyone ever wants evidence of what the two worst economic models of the 20th century
Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007. Rest in peace. You will be missed. When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetical it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the
Jean Baudrillard did not happen.
Arthur Schlesinger has moved on. Apart from a couple of minor cites from A Thousand Days for a paper I wrote a long time ago, the only Schlesinger I’ve read is Age of Jackson. That would have be
Another nonagenarian bastard is dead. As head of the French police, Maurice Papon was a Nazi collaborator under the Vichy regime, overseeing the transfer of at least 1500 French Jews to the camps in E