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California: The View from Venice Beach

California: The View from Venice Beach

California is bigger than a lot of countries, and like a lot of countries it’s in a state of undeclared war. San Franciscans despise Los Angelinos, and to the extent that Los Angelinos can feel passion about anything they hate their
My Boy, Sweet Andrew

My Boy, Sweet Andrew

Andrew came a-courting one day. He had been introduced to my daughter, Susie by my son Max, her brother.  Max and Andrew were best friends. Just out of college, Max worked as a busboy at a high-end restaurant called 72

The World Has a Muslim Problem

World War II was my war. We fought the Germans. They were the enemy. There was a German problem. Of course, if we had stopped to think about it, which we didn’t because we were too busy trying to win

The World Has A Muslim Problem

World War II was my war. We fought the Germans. They were the enemy. There was a German problem. Of course, if we had stopped to think about it, which we didn’t because we were too busy trying to win

Artists and Their Marching Orders

My old Communist girlfriend was an exotically beautiful actress whose parents had emigrated from Russia and settled in New York City. Nola went to Party meetings and kept up with the correct way to think and behave by reading The

A Beer is Fine But Forgiveness is Divine

Dennis Miller and I were gabbing on his talk show about the Gates-Crowley affair and a thought occurred to me: Professor Gates needs to forgive Officer Crowley and he also needs to forgive the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux

Troopathon 2009: Heroism Was Expected

I did my teen-age years in World War II. War news was a constant. We kept the radio on in our house to hear Edward R. Murrow broadcasting from the rooftops of London, describing the blitz. Newsreel photographers, flying with

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