Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dopey Letter of the Day (VIII)

Where else but the New York Times? To the Editor: The reviewer of Alice Kessler-Harris’s book about Lillian Hellman, “A Difficult Woman” (June 10), complains that it doesn’t probe “inside Hellman’s character” but instead looks at how her life, as … Continue reading

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Pain

Happy Father’s Day!  Madame is off at shows in Texarkana this weekend.  I mowed the back three acres here at Stately Hlatky Manor.  The ground is more or less level and I use a riding mower, true, but 1) the … Continue reading

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For the Want of a Better

Since there doesn’t seem to be much else worth discussing this evening, I’ll leave my readers (if any) with a couple of pictures from the show scene.  First, Mr. Ali (Ch. Soyara’s The Force of Destiny) taking Best of Breed … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Most Pernicious Application

Surely it’s PowerPoint, you will say.  Actually, no.  PowerPoint, while dangerous, is usually a threat only in meetings, which can usually be avoided. The worst thing Microsoft ever foisted on the public is the Office Communicator, which allows employees to … Continue reading

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With Friends Like These…

The German Empire’s Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, once said that only idiots learn from their own mistakes; the intelligent learn from the mistakes of others. It’s a good thing that Bismarck didn’t live long enough to see what a cock-up … Continue reading

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Failing Upward

Megan McArdle announces she’s leaving The Atlantic for Tina Brown’s Newsweek.  Maybe the money’s better, but Ms. McArdle’s professional progress has been for progressively worse publications:  she used to write for the excellent Economist, then for The Atlantic (never the same after Michael Kelly’s … Continue reading

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Little Gems

Lapidary words from Aaron Haspel’s Everything: The practical capitalist we call a capitalist; the practical anarchist we call a terrorist; the practical socialist we call a thief. Those who attack the status quo on the grounds that nothing could be … Continue reading

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