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Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

Is Great Sportswriting Becoming a Thing of the Past?




I suspect most of us are hard-wired to remember our most impressionable youthful experiences.  That’s why there’s such big market for nostalgia.  The histories of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers have been written about ad nauseam.  But they still sell because so many people grew up supporting those teams and there remains an insatiable appetite for alternative perceptions of our most fond memories.

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Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews | 2 comments

We are never prepared for what we expect (Movie Review: “Wild”)




We are never prepared for what we expect.  So wrote novelist James A. Michener.  That thought sums up the life-transforming excursion in pursuit of self-awareness, some might even say an identity, ventured by writer Cheryl Strayed back in 1995, when she embarked upon a grueling three-month, 1,100-mile journey entirely by foot, along the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews, Politics | 4 comments

What’s a “Marxist?” Perhaps Not What You Think




Karl Marx wasn’t a political fanatic, nor was he an extremist.  Certainly not when you examine his writings.  In fact, back in his day, Marx is what we’d now call a social commentator. He wrote about politics, economics, and world events. Since television “talking heads” didn’t exist back then, Marx instead scribed his ideas.  Those views were published in newspapers and periodicals, including even some based in the United States.  He also wrote a few notable books, which weren’t particularly well-received when they were initially written, another way of saying Marx was way ahead of his time.

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