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The Portable Dorothy Parker

Introduction Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an early 20th century writer and wit among a large crowd of the names that echo to our day.  I don’t mean to say she was insignificant, but rather a member of an unofficial anti-establishment … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Western Front

How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible. There is a style in some books.  The sentences are short, but each one expresses something profound because every moment in the story … Continue reading

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An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope

Launch not beyond your depth, but be discreet And mark that point where sense and dullness meet. As I mentioned in my review of All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), I am not learned in the poetic arts.  I … Continue reading

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Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism, and Syndicalism

How is it that people who are infinitely brilliant came to conclude that Socialism, Communism, or Anarchism was anything more than a dogma?  That got your attention.  Well, probably not because you’re almost certainly a capitalist.  But you might have … Continue reading

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The Economic Consequences of the Peace

We shall never be able to move again, unless we can free our limbs from these paper shackles. Entangling alliances or entangling leagues are nothing to the entanglements of cash owing. I suspect that, next to Karl Marx, the name … Continue reading

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