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The Bloody Mary: An Unlikely Breakfast of Champions

 

Mmmm, breakfast. What appeals to the mouth and stomach at the early hour when the birds are singing and the sun’s rays are spraying over the horizon? Something starchy, like toast? Perhaps some protein — eggs and bacon sound right. And perhaps a cup of coffee or tea to help shake the spell of Morpheus. […]

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Hyping Stories With No Discernible Story

 

Quick, what is Twin Peaks about? Not the original from the early nineties. For that you just need memory or Wikipedia. But the new Twin Peaks, airing Sundays on Showtime. I saw the first two episodes at the premiere, with director David Lynch present. Baffled by the contrast between the towering expectations and my experience […]

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Open Season on Marriage

 

Once a long time ago it was thought that the only thing more shaming to a man than being a cuckold was being a wittol or wittold, which was a cuckold who knew he was a cuckold and didn’t do anything about it. Now the word is all but gone out of the language — […]

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Falling in Love With the World

 

Illness can make life feel small. I remember how friends disappeared when I got really sick at age sixteen. No more school, parties, soccer, and bike trips. Girls? Forget it. A sense of immovable isolation came over me for many months, a heavy blanket blocking the joy of being young and alive. All of this […]

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NASA’s Dangerous Alien Invitation

 

The New Horizons spacecraft flawlessly accomplished its designated mission. It explored the dwarf planet Pluto and will be sending back to Earth a treasure trove of data that astronomers are salivating to analyze as it continues to soar out beyond our solar system. New Horizons has joined four other unmanned U.S. spacecraft hurtling out of […]

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Mother Privilege

 

There’s lots of talk of “privilege” these days. If a person is using that word, they’re often saying, “You might want to check your privilege.” Well, yesterday, I checked my privilege. I’m a mother. Birthing a child and becoming a mother is something that only a human with a uterus can do. It’s the ultimate privilege. […]

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A Triggered Trump Hater’s (Literal) Primal Scream

 

If one didn’t know better, this screaming young art major seems like a Deliverance movie reject. As people around her fumble awkwardly and others step in and try to help her, she continues her primal lament in the face of someone who disagrees with her – a Trump supporter. WATCH: A College student launches the […]

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The Bayou Taliban

 

America slowly replaces its memorials with amnesials. The transformation means America necessarily becomes another place with hardly anyone the wiser. If “amnesials” do not ring a bell, not to fret. They are designed to make you forget. The city of New Orleans — the oft-flooded place and not the train with 15 cars, 15 restless […]

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Fear and Courage in Iraq, Mostly Fear

 

American Sniper, a movie I loved, tried to do everything. It explored the hell of war and the essence of brotherhood. It followed the book by the Texas super sniper Chris Kyle, told a love story, and drew attention to the veterans we are neglecting. It succeeded. Some critics had trouble appreciating the film — […]

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No Omertà for Olmert

 

Diederik van Hoogstraten has done a fine job in these pages reviewing Norman  for dramatic content and performances, particularly the challenging role entrusted to Richard Gere. It has not been a financially successful run to date, bringing in less than a million dollars since its April 14 open. But as a political and personal statement by […]

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