The Capitalist Crack-Up
Fitzgerald, by then deep into an inglorious relationship with Gin Rickeys, was lucid enough, in 1936, to explain that “all life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work – the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside – the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friends about, don’t show their effect all...
I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me...– J.D. Salinger, as Buddy Glass in “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”
First, you are given things. You’re given a family. You’re given a job, a place in the order of things. Son, brother, student. Maybe you’re good at sports, perhaps music. You develop an identity. You are given certain beliefs. Political, religious, cultural. Maybe you feel strongly about something, maybe that thing changes depending on circumstances dictated by time and new...
Egypt and the dirty, dirty 'D' word
As Mubarak readies to stand (sit… lay…) trial, a look back at some ideas from back when it all kicked off. Jan. 26, 2011 Somewhere between Tunisia and Iran, in the vast Rubik’s Cube of North Africa and the Middle East, is Egypt, gateway to regional implosion. As the revolutionaries in Cairo enter into another day of deadly street demonstrations, the question becomes whether...