Kids These Days

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“Kids these days….” The phrase doesn’t need to be completed and usually isn’t. But the meaning is clear. Children have disappointed their parents. Or, if not their own, other parents’ kids have, with their ignorance, rudeness, and general misbehavior. The … Continued

Fatty’s Fall from Grace

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Another centennial arrives: the infamous Labor Day, 1921, blow-out at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco; or, as New Yorker’s Michael Schulman put it, Fatty Arbuckle’s “deadly pajama party.” (“Fatty Arbuckle and the Birth of Celebrity Scandal,” October 11, 2021) … Continued

Long Way Down

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Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, is a highly original novel in verse. It is clever, artful, provocative, and desperately important. Original: The story takes place in a single elevator trip from the eighth floor to the lobby of Will’s … Continued

A Bittersweet History of Sugar

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Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving Somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. Elizabeth Abbott’s “bittersweet” history of sugar is heavy on bitter, light on sweet. Slavery and exploitation dominate her compelling 400-page … Continued

Let’s Be Rational

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I had a friend not so long ago who espoused a libertarian point of view. I enjoyed talking with him about politics, debating  issues. His outlook was new to me. I learned a lot. Many of his ideas appealed. His … Continued

Drinking in America

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Susan Cheever’s Drinking in America is a strange book. It is interesting, entertaining, and informative, but it is also a bit odd. Deciding between it and Lender and Martin’s 1987 book of the same title, I opted with Cheever’s for … Continued