Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cold wind

The freshening cold winds of autumn in southern England always bring to mind some delightful lines of poetry I’ve collected over the years.  To introduce some here, I’d like to recall reading an interview by the actress Angie Dickinson, in … Continue reading

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Lydia Calas

I don’t usually watch the signer who pops up on daytime TV news bulletins, but I’ll make an exception for the lady that Hurricane Sandy has blown into Mayor Bloomberg’s office.  Her looks and the passionata with which she transmits … Continue reading

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Real concerns

Voters’ discontents often seem to focus on the wrong objects.  This is a problem for democratic problem-solving, a process which, to be successful, has continually to come up with realistic solutions for real problems, not false ones. For this process … Continue reading

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An Estonian in Paris

For a rich young Estonian aristocrat, a decorated officer in the victorious allied armies entering Paris in March 1814, the city was clearly a paradise in which he could live life to the full; in his case, very much a … Continue reading

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