Monthly Archives: September 2006


I was at work in Virginia, chatting with my kid, who’s in college in Massachusetts. That in itself is wondrous. (I think I averaged two phone calls per quarter to my parents while I was in school. She talks with her mother and me four or five times a week.) She mentioned in passing that she […]

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Even before my recent romp through the Susan Sontag wonderland of On Photography, I was a devout photoskeptic (who happens to enjoy taking photos—go figure). This little item at Slate is worth a brief meditation. It concerns a photo of five New Yorkers seated in various casual postures, talking calmly at the water’s edge as […]

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For fans of the “war on terror,” the last few days have been downright terrorlicious. Other minds more loquacious and quicker with their fingers have explained why they preferred not to mark the anniversary of an attack by a handful of foreigners, noting instead the self-inflicted depredations of the last five years (and counting). On the […]

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There is much that is wrong with the world—seriously wrong. One feels silly speaking of this particular wrong. It is admittedly trivial. But it seems to be intractable, and so perhaps worthy of passing consideration. The evil of which I speak is simply this: on the highway, when the traffic is heavy, it pays to […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman