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Lieberman The Un-Democrat

Lieberman The Un-Democrat
By February 5, 2007

The most eager adherent of a cause is not just a convert to it but a late heretic of its opposite. Joe Lieberman's unblinking Bush support might appear to be a self-parodying nyah-nyah against all his ex-buddies in the Senate. … Read More

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Critic, Reviewer, Hack

Critic, Reviewer, Hack
By February 5, 2007

"I never read a book before reviewing it," quipped Sidney Smith. "It prejudices the mind so." Is this a joke, or is it common practice among us ink-stained wretches to, uh, cheat? Laying aside those books that are, given a … Read More

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King, Spleen, Knave

King, Spleen, Knave
By February 5, 2007

About a decade ago there was a row over the legacy of Philip Larkin. Was he a scabrous old reactionary whose artistic merit had, like Ezra Pound's, been vastly overrated, or was he the real deal? The elided headline during … Read More

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Women, Strong and Otherwise

Women, Strong and Otherwise
By February 5, 2007

The Sunday New York Times included a piece, "The Racial Politics of Speaking Well," about why white people should avoid referring to black people as "articulate" or "well-spoken": "With the ballooning size of the black middle and upper class, qualities … Read More

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Mark Dean Veca

Mark Dean Veca
By February 5, 2007

In my recent work I have replaced the "elegant" images typical of 18th century French decorative arts with "vulgar" images characteristic of contemporary America. Linked by a surreal, obsessive, and organic graphic network, they form an idiosyncratic branch on the … Read More

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The History Boy

The History Boy
By February 5, 2007

We all have our favorites, and mine is only hindered by specificity of subject: You cannot when dealing with Toynbee, Just pay him back in his own coin be- Cause talking such piss Would seem rather a miss; So how … Read More

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Poisonous Foodies

Poisonous Foodies
By February 5, 2007

Thanks, Michael, for the warm welcome, and now I ought to apologize for my late start. I'd had every intention of getting up at eight or nine—a touch on the early side for the quasi-employed—but last night's Super Bowl XLI … Read More

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Why They Don’t Make Superbowl Commercials Like They Used To

Why They Don’t Make Superbowl Commercials Like They Used To
By February 5, 2007

Apple ad for the Superbowl circa 1984. This commercial today would have cost nearly $5.2 Million.

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