Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Fish with a Cigar

Apparently men have become less manly, and it is All My Fault. I’ve been reading reviews of a book that seems to be getting glowing reports at the moment – Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men … Continue reading

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The Gastronomy of Religion

I would be planting potatoes today – it’s a Good Friday tradition – but the ground is too damned wet. So much for symbolism.  They would have been Adirondack Red potatoes, too – pinkish on the inside, a little like … Continue reading

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Getting over John Galt

Having seen the trailer for the Atlas Shrugged film, I immediately lost interest in watching the thing.  This is not, alas, due to the fact that I have, after twenty years, finally shaken off the (Rearden-metal-wrought) chains of fascination.  Although I have. … Continue reading

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It’s the elves…

Nuclear crises in Japan, ineffectual budget deals  in Washington, “shocking American idol eliminations”…and little boys with pink toenails.  What’s the world coming to?  To add to the inevitable rumpus around the controversial J.Crew ad featuring a mother painting her son’s … Continue reading

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going a progress

Made fish for dinner, even though it isn’t Friday – wild-caught ocean perch, to be precise. In the middle of dribbling lemon juice on the filets, I suddenly remembered that in The once and Future King, when Merlyn changes the … Continue reading

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T.S. Eliot at the grocery store, 12:48 AM

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the way people grapple with the contradictions in their lives.  I don’t mean contradictions in ideology, which are usually the result of sloppy thinking.  I mean what Faulkner called “the human heart in … Continue reading

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