"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
TS O'Rama scans his Reds ticket order form and, noting the extra cover being charged for the July 4th game against the Indians, comments on the folly of inter-league play:
[I]t's a disgrace to be playing an American League club at all before the World Series. The National League is Adam, and from his rib came the A.L. Eve, and their mating culminates in the vast orgasmic spectacle we call the World Series. Now they give us cheap one-night stands and charge us an extra five-spot. It's the usual modern lack of restraint, the killing off of mystery. Lord knows we wouldn't want to imagine how the teams would fare against each other.
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John Kerry's latest campaign swing, as seen by The Onion * I gave my love a chicken, that had no bone
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The Plus-Sized Queer's lament: I have heard the singing of See You Next Tuesday, but not to me. Only in academia do the wheels of the grievance industry turn so exceedingly fine.
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A new collection of Mencken's essays on American culture is reviewed by Mencken biographer Terry Teachout: Who else would have called the American people "the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the fall of the Eastern Empire"? Or declared that "there is little more esthetic merit in Uncle Tom's Cabin than in the average college yell"? Or described a Catholic supporter of Prohibition as "a Catholic with a Methodist liver"?
Otto Clemson Hiss offers a tribute to McSorley's on the 150th anniversary of that venerable ale house: One can tread on the sawdust strewn on the floor of this tavern with a reasonable degree of certainty that some of it has been around since the Pierce administration.
February school vacation this week, everyone in the house sick, and cabin fever fended off by repeated viewings of Peter Pan: Count me as a loyalist of the Mary Martin version, with Sondra Lee's blonde Tiger Lily and Cyril Ritchard's Noel Coward-esque Hook.
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The Wodehouse Conservatives: A report in the Weekly Standard on today's Dandies:Ask one about an article of his clothing and you might learn of its distinguished origins. The shoes descend from medieval principalities mentioned in Machiavelli's Discourses. The cuffs are anti-Napoleon restorationists. The neckties have three surnames and entries in the Social Register. And their owners are young men, many of them in modest middle class professions like journalism. But their boaters crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower.
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This picture of Sammy Stewart's 10 Knights of Syncopation is worth the price of admission.