The High Muckety Mucks And The Hoi Polloi

 Over three years ago we wrote about The Complexity Of Hypocrisy In The Age Of Donald Trump. For...

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- William Blake

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I Know Everything

I Know Everything

 We just don’t know. It’s a sign of advanced intelligence to be able to say ‘I don’t know’ in the face of uncertainty, my boy. Too many conclusions are drawn on the basis of insufficient evidence.   Professor Snipe, Behind The Locked Door There isn’t enough doubt in...

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Trouble on the Hill

Trouble on the Hill

 Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.   Senator Daniel Patrick MoynihanThere are:  no facts, only interpretations.  Friedrich Nietzsche What happened to our “shining city upon a hill?”  The concept was always a myth but one that held us...

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Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

 Fire and Ice   Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo say that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would...

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Best Commencement Speech Ever

Best Commencement Speech Ever

 This is our favorite commencement speech ever.  It was written by David Foster Wallace and delivered to the Kenyon College class of 2005. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CrOL-ydFMI&app=desktop 

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Bleak America

Bleak America

 What I want to see is not a rush to judgment, but a rush to justice.   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don't understand the protests? What you're seeing is people pushed to the edge… fifth risk: the risk a society runs when it falls into the habit of responding to long-term...

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The Last Town On Earth: A Recent Novel on the 1918 Pandemic

The Last Town On Earth: A Recent Novel on the 1918 Pandemic

 It is the autumn of 1918 and a world war and an influenza epidemic rage outside the isolated utopian logging community of Commonwealth, Wash. In an eerily familiar climate of fear, rumor and patriotic hysteria, the town enacts a strict quarantine, posting guards at...

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The 1918 Pandemic As Seen By John O’Hara

The 1918 Pandemic As Seen By John O’Hara

 Think in the Morning continues our look into the literary memories of the 1918 Pandemic.  Our first read was Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Katherine Anne Porter gave us an unforgettable memory of the impact of the Spanish flu and the Great War on a young couple whose paths...

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Look Homeward Angel and The 1918 Pandemic

Look Homeward Angel and The 1918 Pandemic

 Previously on Think in the MorningPale Horse, Pale Rider: Katherine Anne Porter’s Classic Story of the 1918 PandemicWilliam Maxwell’s They Came Like SwallowsThe 1918 Pandemic And Willa Cather’s One Of Ours Then, under the terrible light which fell directly and...

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Book Review: The Lady With Balls by Alice Combs

Book Review: The Lady With Balls by Alice Combs

 Midwest Book Review just published an abridged version of our book review on Alice Combs’ The Lady With Balls.  The full review is below. I don’t want a mirror telling me I’m the fairest in all the land; I want another intelligent adult’s honest opinion.   Alice...

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The 1918 Pandemic And Willa Cather’s One Of Ours

The 1918 Pandemic And Willa Cather’s One Of Ours

 Previously Discussed Literature On The 1918 PandemicKatherine Anne Porter:  Pale Horse, Pale RiderWilliam Maxwell:  They Came Like Swallows This grey wall, unshaken, mighty, was the end of the long preparation, as it was the end of the sea. It was the reason for...

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