Category Archives: twentieth century

Wickedness and Suffering

Wickedness and Suffering Does that heading about cover it?  Eugene Ionesco, the brilliant Franco-Romanian playwright, wrote Tueur sans gages [Killer without wages], a play that opens with his characters marveling over the great neighborhood to which they feel fortunate to … Continue reading

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Men on the Timeline

Men on the Timeline The other night I was at the Franco-Tunisian café where I go to get some of my writing done.  A sizeable group had taken one side of the section where I found a round table.  They … Continue reading

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Male Gallantry

Male Gallantry Like Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven, here’s a topic that’s been tapping on the casement of my mind during the past few weeks.  It’s reminded me of an incident that happened some years back, when I was tenured, published … Continue reading

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 Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary

 Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary Today, the twentieth of January, is the actual day of our 20th wedding anniversary, though we had our celebratory dinner last Friday, after seeing the James Baldwin movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” At the restaurant, … Continue reading

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My Defense of My Parents

My Defense of My Parents Recently I read the collected letters of Lionel Trilling.  Afterward, curiosity prompted me to look in the file folder I had under that name.  Trilling had been, possibly, the most influential opinion-shaper in mid-twentieth-century America.  … Continue reading

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I Was Politically Correct for 15 Minutes

I Was Politically Correct for 15 Minutes It happened like this.  I was remembering a case I know of, where a young woman, who had her whole life before her, was being forced into the sealed back of a truck.  … Continue reading

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Economic Life

Economic Life  I suppose that people’s political differences turn on their differing solutions to the problem of economic life. What problem would that be? Oh, let’s say the human species has its overall metabolism: its ways of handling the inflow … Continue reading

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