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March 2006

Democracy in Iraq?

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The freeing of Jill Carroll (a joyful moment, need I add) is a reminder that there is no democracy in Iraq. Democracy depends on free speech and a vigorous press—what kind of democracy is it where reporters are afraid to…

Purple Rider

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When will Hollywood do the Zane Grey story? A friend lent me a copy of the new bio of the western writer by Thomas Pauly, Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women, http://www.press.uillinois.edu/f05/pauly.htmland it’s shocking. Grey was a tremendous…

Paging Albo and Heffernan…

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LAURIE: I recently spent the morning at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show at the Javits Center. It gave me a legitimate excuse to not commute to my office in deepest New Jersey, and secretly I thought I might find…

Unhealthy Relationship With Ring

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ERICA: I must confess that I truly, madly, deeply still get a major kick out of staring, gawking and gazing at my engagement ring. No offense to all of the other blushing brides out there, but it’s nicer than any…

Out of soap

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I’m at that point where I’ve run through all the real bars of soap in the house and I’m down to scrounging hotel bars, usually round mintlike non-bar bars of soap. I dream about the day when I will go…

Blogging is slavery

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This is only my seventh entry or so and I’m already complaining! Blogging is slavery. Your mind is attached to the computer, you have to always be thinking of clever responses to stray things you see on TV or the…

Hotheads v Liberals

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Antonin Scalia is determined to make his private reputation as a hothead his public image. The private reputation as a bully has long been whispered. (It’s all through Joan Biskupic’s bio of Sandra Day O’Connor (S.D.O: How the First Woman…

Getting politics back in sports

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Off the George Mason symbolism—I am going nuts waiting for more political action in sport. Like how about a demonstration? I sat through the Olympics waiting for the American snowboarder or skater who would rip off his jacket on the…

The politics of George Mason U.

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If you need any more reason to celebrate what some are calling the biggest upset ever in the college basketball tournament, 11th seed George Mason U. knocking off one-seed UConn to go to the Final Four, consider what it’s doing…

New Orleans: A Thousand Points of Blight

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I’m just back from New Orleans, and stunned and shocked. Nothing on television or in the papers conveys the scale of Katrina, six months on. You turn onto a boulevard and suddenly there’s a mountain of dead trees, gargantuan and…

On the road

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My first blog entry and I’m excited. I’m a 50-year-old writer schooled completely in the print world, newspapers, magazines and books. The bronze age. I want to blog for a whole bunch of reasons: because it’s the way the world…