Did Anyone Else Notice…that The New York Times may be planning to open a retirement home for old words?

“Why We’re Retiring the Term ‘Op-ed’”: that was the headline that appeared, ironically enough, on the Op-Ed pages of The Times on April 27, 2021.   Kathleen Kingsbury, the Opinion Editor at The Times, was the author of the statement that followed this headline. But before I comment on her statement, honesty requires me to…

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Did Anyone Else Notice…that the CEO of the Walt Disney Company had better get in touch with me fast if he is going to resolve his pressing problems with pirates?

This will require a little background.   “Pirates of the Caribbean” is a popular ride at many Disneylands and Disneyworlds around the planet. In one episode on that ride, the pirates held a kind of fundraiser, auctioning off some women as brides.   In the mid-2010s, Disney decided to respond to criticism and rework that…

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Did Anyone Else Notice… that we would gain useful insights on our troubled times if we were to reread Harold Frederic’s novel, The Damnation of Theron Ware?

The timing is perfect for a couple of reasons.   The year 2021 is the 125th anniversary of the publication of The Damnation of Theron Ware. On this anniversary, this book’s relevance is making a commemorative surge, even if I am the only person who is noticing this, and maybe the only person on the…

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Did Anyone Else Notice… that some of us will need retraining and reconditioning workshops if we are going to regain the passivity, submissiveness, and general squishing of the soul that made air travel tolerable?

When I landed at DIA on March 9, 2020, I surrendered my role as a frequent flier. After a year as an entirely terrestrial creature, I realize how poorly suited I was to the conduct required of denizens of the cultural and social habitats of the airport and the airplane.   Plodding, slogging, and lumbering…

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Did Anyone Else Notice…that the landscapes of the American West make a weird fit with the universal custom of referring to the environmental campaigns and causes as “Green”?

Throughout the region, the color scheme of deserts, plains, plateaus, and rock canyons tends toward tan or brown or gray. (And, yes, forests do stand out in this crowd.)  In many Western locales, green does flourish in the spring, but even then the greenness usually registers closer to the “olive” variety than the “emerald.”  …

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