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Snobs and Slobs

How very vulgar I have been—I am sorry, and I apologize!  I am just terrible, and it is all my fault.  And I accept the responsibility.  And how could I accept my own shame if I had not done so in public?  Yet my own vulgarity has been hedged, because I neither sinned nor confessed...

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On the Wings of a Snow White Dove

When you have over an hour to kill downtown in a major city, time seems to slow to a stop.  Fortunately, the Roman houses beneath the Palazzo Valentini, which we were waiting to visit, are a stone’s throw from the column of Trajan.  On that warm and sunny day in February, we took over an...

Game of Bones
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Game of Bones

So what is objectionable about Game of Thrones? In posing the question, please note that I am assuming that something is objectionable.  So let me count the ways.  If we are talking about the books, the prose is klonkingly pedestrian—although in fairness it must be said that George R.R. Martin, author of the internationally best-selling...

Two Cultures
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Two Cultures

Four decades before Hillary Clinton coined the term “Deplorables,” Chronicles predicted how the battle lines in the culture war would be drawn.