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Adam Gopnik and the cycle of nostalgia

“And my theory is it’s not so much that pop culture is made by 40-somethings – in fact, it’s usually made by young folks, like The Beatles made by 20-somethings – but it’s usually produced in every sense. The suits who organize it, decide what goes on, are usually 40-somethings, the people between the age… Read more »

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The culture of imprisonment

With typical aplomb, Adam Gopnik explores the problem of our booming (read: privatized) industrial-prison complex. Though elegantly stated, Gopnik’s argument is nothing new. It’s good to see it discussed openly in a renowned national magazine. And I say it’s nothing new as part of my disgust with the culture of imprisonment and our general nonchalance about the… Read more »

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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

“The values of tolerance are one of the most difficult lessons to impart, not because people are naturally cruel but because power is naturally fearful. We’re slow learners.”(75) Incredibly slow learners. And, as Adam Gopnik implies here, not just within our lifetime. It seems that we have to almost start over every generation. We have… Read more »

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Draft mashup

These are all old drafts unposted. I’m putting them up mostly to assuage my neurosis (that is, I wanted to clean out all my drafts and “get rid of them” by posting them all). They are largely quotes and general unfinished thoughts and not worth reading at all. I suppose they are here for the… Read more »