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Blood, Tears and Sand

The truth be known I am emotional and pretty damned squeamish, so when it comes to aspects of life that touch heavily on both – like war – I try pretty hard to concentrate on the macro view and not get too caught up in the micro, where it ALL …

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Fresh Look at Napster

Nice overview of Napster history – did it really happen? – in LA Times excerpt from new book All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster by Joseph Menn: It all began with a poor Boston-area kid who came west to Silicon Valley and started a revolution. …

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Berman on Islamism, Anti-Semitism, France: The Wrong Side of History

Anti-war left, check your assumptions. Leftist Paul Berman: in Islamism we face a threat not unlike such 20th century totalitarian movements as fascism and communism. Berman feels similarly about Baathism, the nationalist ideology of Iraq’s ruling party. In fact, Berman believes that Islamism and Baathism emerged from the same great …

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War Talk

Going on right now, and tomorrow at 6:30AM, and Sunday night-Monday morning at 12:30 AM on Book TV: 2003 Virginia Festival of the Book – Dreams of War Panel Description: From the Virginia Festival of the Book, in Charlottesville, a panel discussion on the nature of war featuring discussants Chris …

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Of Blondes and Hotness

Blondes – it’s always the blondes, but what is it about them? Chris Cotner just put up a post about smoking hot BLONDE softballer Jennie Finch replacing super hot BLONDE Anna Kournikova as the Hottest Female Athlete. Coincidentally, the NY Times ran a story about blonde power over the weekend: …

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Bill Mauldin Dies

Though it’s probably unfair to indulge in such comparisons, I’ve got to admit that I felt a stronger affinity to the late Bill Mauldin than I did recently deceased caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Mauldin was the first editorial cartoonist that I paid regular attention to. I’ve mentioned the influence Walt Kelly’s …

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History on Book TV

We have been neglecting Book TV of late, the weekend mini-network on C-SPAN2 concentrating on serious nonfiction. This weekend’s feature is “24 Hours of History”: Join Book TV this weekend for 24 hours of History starting midnight on Saturday December 21st to midnight Sunday December 22nd. Authors will discuss the …

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The End of the American Era – Uh, No

I have complained here rather vociferously that many entertainers are ill-informed, naive, and/or just good old-fashioned stupid regarding politics and policy. They are, of course entitled to their opinions, but the danger lies in the fact that entertainers hold much sway over fans, and are at minimum going to have …

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European Explorers: Not Quite As Bad As Previously Thought

A couple of weeks ago in celebration of Columbus Day, we discussed a series of books containing a quite unfavorable picture of the explorer, much of it written in his own words. Columbus clearly was, shall we say, insensitive to the well-being of the natives he found in the New …

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Nicolas Lemann on Daniel Ellsberg

Long New Yorker essay on Ellsberg and his new book on the Pentagon Papers: To anyone over a certain age (forty-five?), Daniel Ellsberg needs no introduction, but it would be quite a challenge to explain Ellsberg to someone who had never heard of him. There was this brilliant young man …

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