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Enemies Among Us, Or How I Learned About The Other Side Of Identity Politics

In the aftermath of massive acts of violence there are a variety of responses that people and institutions can take.  Given my own feelings of deep ambivalence, I often find that few people have voices that are similar to my … Continue reading

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Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club:  The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory, by Julie Checkoway In reading this book, which I generally enjoyed, although I am not particularly well-versed in swimming history, I was … Continue reading

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Deadnames

On February 12, 2019, a lengthy naming dispute was ended between what is now called the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Greece over the naming of the country.  For almost three decades the two countries have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Made-Up Self

The Made-Up Self:  Impersonation In The Personal Essay, by Carl H. Klaus In many ways, this is the sort of effort that could only be in an age as obsessed with irony and meta-analysis as our own is.  To wit, … Continue reading

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What Women Want

When I was a young adult, a mediocre film was released with the provocative title What Women Want.  In the film the hapless main character played by Mel Gibson–a man who does not seem to know well what women want–finds … Continue reading

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Foxes In The City

I was getting around to a novel that begins a mystery series I am hoping to finish and I found that the lead character, despite being a widow in a first-century mystery novel, was rather Nathanish.  To wit, the following … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Sonia Sotomayor

I Am Sonia Sotomayor, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos How do you make one of the more problematic justices of the Supreme Court into the subject of a gushing hagiography for children?  The author shows the way to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham It was perhaps inevitable that I would eventually read this book, for at least two reasons.  On the one hand, the book is one that appears often, and has occurred especially often in … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Me, But You Don’t Like Me

How do we recognize who our enemies are?  We may desire to be friendly to and on good terms to everyone, but sometimes this is not possible.  To the extent that we are honest about our thoughts and feelings, our … Continue reading

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