Tag Archives: Paul Newman

gang that couldn’t shoot straight arrows

Historical revisionism that is clearly not even in the category of the plausible. The capture of Jerusalem by Saladin re-jigged to make it seem like hordes of spear chucking natives from the heart of the jungle, primitive and savage, required … Continue reading

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stamping out those millenarians

In times of stress, look for the prophets of an earthly paradise. America may be ready for its own millennial cult… The main American Indian movements, Pontiac, Code of Handsome Lake and the Ghost Dance, and the hundreds of others … Continue reading

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Lobal Societies

Until fairly recently, the mysteries of the left-handed seemed to be unsolvable, like the true value of the cubit, or the location of the Ark of the Covenant, or King Solomon’s cache of gold. But it was breakthroughs in neurosurgery … Continue reading

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fat chance: rooting for the longshot

Its the opposite of investment. Its the quick fix. The bottomless pit of desire that cannot be sated. The Janus face of capitalism, money and banking. Is the true aim of the gambler narcissistic and aggressive desires for attaining the … Continue reading

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built in obsolescence: vintage violence

In a first statement,somewhat off-guard, Gilad Shalit expressed support for the freeing of all Palestinian prisoners, if they do not turn around and engage against terror attacks against Israel, according to Al-Jazeera. While Palestinians are holding extensive celebration in Gaza, … Continue reading

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MASKS OF PESSIMISM: MIRTH,MADNESS & MANLINESS

Clyde boastfully, but shyly introduces them with a disarming smile, accentuating the bond they share with the country folk – while anticipating (almost as an afterthought) the course that they are committed to pursue – bank robbery: This here’s Miss … Continue reading

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DEAD MEN TALKING: IN MOURNING FOR SQUARESVILLE

“June 22 saw the publication of the second installment of Life and Loves Among the Beatniks. Allen Brown quotes freely from Norman Podhoretz and Herbert Gold. He describes the day of a typical beatnik as waking late in the morning … Continue reading

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WHEELS OF FORTUNE & FAME

The bicycle. It doesn’t make smoke, it doesn’t make smog and it never makes a bad picture. In the 1880′s the bicycle was young then; it antedated the automobile by only a few decades. it is hard to believe now, … Continue reading

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LAUGHING WITH THE SUB-LITERARIES IN DIXIE

Whether or not humor has been considered too elusive or trivial to warrant serious study on its own terms ,like the popular culture of which it is both part and a partaker, is unclear. Some scholars such as Jesse Bier, … Continue reading

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CONFIDENCE MEN:Masquerade, Myth and Art

For the confidence man to find a comfortable home in the heart of American culture, he needed a mask. And humor has often become an intricate part of the disguise. From the Al Jolson and ¬†Eddie Cantor in blackface which … Continue reading

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