Category Archives: Americana

Another Amazon Ripoff

I needed that fluid that goes with the brush that cleans a vinyl LP.  No need to mention the product; it’s well known.  My last bottle lasted for almost four years, but finally ran dry as things do. I went … Continue reading

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Fear Mongrels

The disgraceful Jussie Smollett–he of the faked racial attack in Chicago–went on TV to weep and wail about “only wanting (sniffle, dab) justice in America.” He referred to the current president and all his supporters as “fear mongrels.” Does he … Continue reading

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Medio Porteño

Yo fui concebido en Buenos Aires, alrededor del 26 de febrero en el año 1960, con la Cruz del Sur brillando en los cielos y, más cerca en la Plaza San Martín, las jacarandas en flor. Aunque nací en Nueva … Continue reading

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Baby Boom Humbug

I just read a bracingly honest article about “generational identity.” It’s titled “Your Generational Identity Is a Lie.” Disclaimer:  I don’t know, or care, if that newspaper is certifiably “right wing” or “left wing.” I find the article to be … Continue reading

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My Coldest Day Ever

It was Sunday morning, January 20, 1985.   I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, living at International House, and I had to get to church to play the organ. The night before, all my Canadian friends at … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Talk

I’m participating in a weekend conference at Syracuse University at the end of March. I will be giving a paper on the life of Calvin Hampton. Here is a link to the event.  If you are interested, I hope you … Continue reading

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Plough Monday, Distaff Day

Today, January 7, is both Plough Monday and Distaff Day.  The two don’t always coincide. Plough Monday, as the name indicates, is a Monday:  specifically, the first Monday after Epiphany, January 6.  Distaff Day is the very day after January … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day

. So MMXIX begins. I’ve been disenchanted with this holiday for many years. A few years ago, I posted a New Year’s Day meditation that, oddly, I partly replicated and partly contradicted in the first version of the present post.  … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan on Religion

Andrew Sullivan has written a fascinating article for New York magazine, dated December 7, 2018.  The idea of contemporary American politics as a substitute for Christianity is a compelling one, as is his opening thought that everyone has a religion. … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm of 1973

The calendar for 1973 was the same as for 2018, so exactly forty-five years ago this morning was Monday morning, December 17, 1973. One week previously, on Long Island, we awoke to the great ice storm of 1973. The weekend … Continue reading

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