Dear Fox

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On October 20, 2004

I’m resigned to seeing the nose hairs of everybody in both dugouts between pitches, but when a pickoff throw is made would you consider switching away from the close-up angle so we can see what&

The Poor Man on Imperial Hubris: The longest Tacitus post ever. Half right, half wrong, but mostly concerned with stridently asserting the author’s own moral superiority to anyone at a higher pay grade. Makes a completely convincing case that Osama bin Laden’s personal abilities and charisma have been ignored by Westerners, because it is too uncomfortable […]

Living History

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On October 19, 2004
How to put Schilling, Game 6, into historical perspective? The referents aren’t Koufax in 1965, Beckett last year, like that; he was outstanding, but it’s not about dominance per se. Lots of guys have thrown 7 innings 1 run in the postseason. It’s about drama, historical significance, not just quality. Connie Mack starting Emkhe and […]

Good Umps

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On October 19, 2004

I missed the bad calls last night, but let’s all give props to the crew for two gutsy and absolutely correct reversals. I also give grudging respect for the canny fan who took a HR in the gut to

Responsibility

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On October 19, 2004
In the latest New York Review of Books, the various regular contributors have given us their thoughts on the 2004 election. Is this election the most consequential of our lives? I’m not certain; a good case can be made that the 2000 election was more consequential, and that we have lost something irreplaceable in the last […]
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