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What Ever Happened to Vocations?

I just saw a clip on the New York Times website in which Joan Rivers says: “What we [comedians] do isn’t a job. It’s a calling. We make people happy.” It occurs to ...

The Mad Men Syndrome

Sunday night, watching Mad Men, it occurred to me how much the show has changed since the first season. Back then, the show got off to an exciting start, had riveting drama, and clever ...

The More Things Change

The following is from an article, “Kennedyism” written by Midge Decter in Commentary magazine in 1970. She saw Kennedyism as a form of what was then called “The New Politics,” ...

Eastwood’s Unexpected Gift

I am 77, just at that time of life when I am jaded, weary, and sometimes sick of tryin’. Then along comes Clint Eastwood to remind me that I haven’t seen it ...

Obama, Athanasius, and the Bishops

All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie. . . — W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”  Until President Obama proclaimed his “accommodation” last week, I never  was certain what ...

We Hold What Truths?

There I was, watching yet another Law and Order re-run on TNT. In this episode a scientist claimed to have discovered a gene for homosexuality. During the second half of ...