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Watching Freedom of Speech Speed Atrophy in Real Time

Fenster writes: It is a good thing we have free speech embedded in the Constitution since it is damn near impossible to amend the thing. Further, hypocrisy being the tribute vice pays to virtue, there is as of yet no … Continue reading

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SCENES WE’D LIKE TO SEE*

Fenster Carlson writes: Tucker Carlson: Good evening and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight. The events that unfolded in dramatic fashion on January 6 were terrible. It is terrible that we saw violence take place in the one building that most symbolizes … Continue reading

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Note to K—-, on the morning of January 6

K—-: You write that perhaps Pence can simply not open some of the envelopes. I am not so sure about that one. I have not heard the argument that Pence can decline to open an envelope. And I don’t see … Continue reading

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Note to pals at S—–: Lin Wood Shocker

Hey S—– folks: Check out Lin Wood’s overnight tweets. This esteemed but apparently rogue attorney for the Trump side in the election fracas has been spouting extreme stuff recently, so much so that his allies want to create distance and … Continue reading

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Notes on Barbara and Night Train to Lisbon

Fenster writes: Two movies on the personal and the political. Barbara and Night Train to Lisbon. Is the personal the political? And if it is should it be? Sure sure history is a human enterprises driven by people, so politics … Continue reading

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Is Culture Stuck?

Fenster writes: The Revolver news aggregator, the self-proclaimed new Drudge, leads with a link to a story called “Is Culture Stuck.” Interesting that this is the lead in this highly politicized moment on this mostly political site. Interesting, too, that … Continue reading

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You Can Never Be Too Thin, Too Rich or Too Woke

Fenster writes: According to that arbiter of all matters cultural, Teen Vogue, Asian-Americans Need to Go Beyond Apoloigizing for Anti-Black Racism. Asian Americans–the loud ones anyway–are quick to declare solidarity with blacks Blacks. A little too quick if you ask … Continue reading

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Notes on Fargo

Fenster writes: The new season of Fargo is pretty good. Not as good as the earlier seasons but those seasons set pretty high bars for TV. It is spooned out weekly so I am five episodes in. A lot can … Continue reading

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Boomers Won’t Go Away, Part XXV

Fenster writes: The master of clever dialogue and champion of progressive romanticism Aaron Sorkin is coming out with a movie on the Chicago Seven. Such a gaggle of characters! For Sorkin writing his brand of ultra-rich conversation will be like … Continue reading

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Notes on The Jack Benny Program

Fenster writes: Let me put a plug in for the old Jack Benny Show. It had several incarnations on radio and TV but the basic structure and cast ran through them for the many years he was a favorite. I … Continue reading

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