Monthly Archives: January 2010

Un-courant at Avatar

I thought I wanted to see Avatar because: 1) I’d read about this fascinating new malaise called Avatar Depression, striking people as they leave the movies and realize their regular world is so gray and depressing; 2) I’d heard that … Continue reading

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Next time I go to the supermarket, I’m taking Obama

But just in case he can’t come, I’m going to watch this! (Right after I see Avatar in 3D.)

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My arrest for mass murder in the supermarket

“It was 70 minutes long, and filled with “me’s” and “my’s.” At a supermarket I don’t usually go to, and won’t go to again, the cashier is talking to the woman in front of me. “We’re going to get hit … Continue reading

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The State of the Dis-Union

If you were a Republican in Congress, and if you found out that 83% of the people who watched the State of the Union Address last night approve of Obama’s proposals, wouldn’t it make sense to try to get some … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mozart

“Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner … Continue reading

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Staying alive

“Her personality is hardening; her world is becoming smaller.” That’s how Chip once described an older friend of mine, after I complained about her fixed opinions and her unwillingness to change. It was sad, and it was true. In hospice … Continue reading

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Philosophy, that frigid space

My friend-who-used-to-be-a-disciple is much more complex than painted by my dismissively broad brush yesterday. He would tell you that, in spite of the heart attack, his experience was valuable, and that he still believes his guru has access to a … Continue reading

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