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Columnists: After the Fall

posted: 05/27/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Thank you, William D. Downs Jr.

Column One: The end of history

posted: 05/24/2015 1:56 a.m. Comments 3

Think of a glorious, leaf-strewn fall afternoon on a football weekend in what was then a small university town in the Midwest, and how you could hear the roar of the crowd in Tiger Stadium clear across little Columbia, Mo., as it echoed and re-echoed. I never made it to a game, not being a football fan then or now. Instead, I had the deserted downtown all to myself those golden Saturdays, and could wander around it to my heart's content--with no throngs of students crowding the streets. For I was definitely a fan of small towns, then as now.

Columnists: The Imitation Game

posted: 05/20/2015 2:48 a.m. Comments 8

How appropriate. The popular movie The Imitation Game about the life of Alan Turing--the British cryptographer who broke the "unbreakable" German code during the Second World War--turns out to be only an imitation of his real story, whatever that is. For we may never know, as full of deceptions within deceptions, ironies within ironies, as his life--and death--were.

Column One: Intellectuals vs. reality

posted: 05/17/2015 1:58 a.m. Comments 162

As sporadic riots spread across urban America again, inner city to inner city, an all-too familiar and all-too-futile pattern appeared in the country's allegedly intellectual circles. We got detailed descriptions of conditions in America's slums, which don't seem to have changed all that much since Jacob Riis (How the Other Half Lives) and Jane Addams were depicting the teeming, rat-infested tenements of another century.

Columnists: The end of candor

posted: 05/13/2015 3:02 a.m. Comments 16

In one sense it makes little difference what genocide is called. Genocide by any other name would be just as terrible, for it refers to the extermination of an entire people.

Column One: Q. & A.

posted: 05/10/2015 2:03 a.m. Comments 3

Q. What's the best American newspaper column ever written?

Columnists: A guide for the perplexed

posted: 05/06/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

As a public service, here is a brief guide for Americans to tomorrow's British elections. Not that you really need one. The operating principle is easy enough to understand--like the British taste for delicacies like toad in the hole, bubble-and-squeak, and spotted dick. Not to mention specialties like kippers salty enough to make the Dead Sea seem alkaline. As I said, easy to understand. Like the game of cricket, whose rules are as clear to an American as a London fog.

Column One: Stereotypes

posted: 05/03/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 5

It was just a blurb in the daily In the News, but like so many items in that indispensable column, it set off a train of thoughts far beyond its condensed, one-sentence style:

Columnists: Scoop!

posted: 04/29/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 14

Ambrose Bierce, author of The Devil's Dictionary, was an editor so acerbic that one critic said he should not be allowed out of doors lest his very presence be enough to blight the crops. To quote Editor Bierce: "I am quite serious when I say that nobody in the United States has ever been hanged for killing a journalist. Public opinion will not permit it."

Column One: The case for plagiarism

posted: 04/26/2015 1:53 a.m. Comments 11

When the once well-respected superintendent of Little Rock's school district--Dexter Suggs--resigned in the wake of a plagiarism scandal, an old friend's comment on my own writing came back hard and fast. Like a carom shot out of a side pocket in a pool game.


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