Tag Archives: Jimmy Breslin

uncanny valley of reality

There was a post yesterday on Branch Rickey, the baseball general manager who masterminded the integration of baseball and signed Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and others to his Brooklyn Dodgers roster. Rickey was an enigmatic figure, occupying some uncanny valley … Continue reading

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the thin white line

He was known for the quote, “luck is the residue of opportunity and design,” even though it was most likely a misattribution, but even then, John Milton and Paradise Lost could have served as pretext for much of Branch Rickey’s … Continue reading

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eden postponed

Maybe Shiva knows? Its a struggle with modernity and some of its paradoxes hint at some great truths. Beginning in the 1960′s the hippies began traveling to India, on the quest of a sort of Thomas More utopia: a search … Continue reading

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mailer: writer with a loud hailer

Norman Mailer’s The White Negro from 1957.The search for rebels of his generation led to the hipster.   A prophetic inquiry into violence and rebellion? Or a basic re-packaging of his Harvard education into its logical extension which was a … Continue reading

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The inferno on a cold January night: air conditioned pure essence

“The Divine Comedy” is one of the great imaginative creations that have been put onto paper. It is sometimes considered the greatest Catholic poem as “Paradise Lost” by Milton is the great Protestant poem. It forms the basis of Italian … Continue reading

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PLEDGING FAITH AS COLLATERAL: Sloth & the Imp

“This new millennium already marked by killings is merely a sign of what Conrad called our miserable ingenuity. How we love to create Devils and Gods and bloody rivers of ways to get their almighty attention. What we turn away … Continue reading

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