Category Archives: Quotations

Things people said.

Not a Paean to Peons

For many traditional liberals, respect for difference is understood as a sacred duty. Consider, for example, Joe Biden’s warm words for his Republican colleagues, or the left’s many peons to the virtues of empathy. (Tim Wu, “Quantifying Liberal ‘Suckerdom,’” NYTimes, … Continue reading

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Crooked Finger, Vodka, and Other Shebangs

Mr. Huang said the intent of his show was to explore the beauty in body parts that we don’t appreciate — a thesis that stemmed from his feeling of embarrassment about his crooked finger, which he said he always hides … Continue reading

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Sallies and Japes of the Day

“Leave It All Behind Ya.” (Slogan printed on photos of himself sitting on the toilet that Louis Armstrong would send to his fans.) Some days everything I read tastes good and I succumb to a shameful quotation binge. “This wasn’t … Continue reading

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Balanced Learning

The “science of reading” approach is based on phonics, which sounds out the letters of words: Bit. Buh! Ih! Tuh! The “balanced literacy” approach believes “exposing students to the likes of Dr. Seuss and Maya Angelou is more important than … Continue reading

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“Tiepolo Meets Mad Magazine”

The 61 works in this exhibition… span the career of an American painter whose art has, for more than half a century, both diagnosed national maladies and been shaped by them. The result is work that’s virtuosically bizarre in style … Continue reading

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Non Sequitur Clickbait

“This 26-year-old became a small-town California mayor. Then a jet dumped fuel on her snakebit city.”  (Headline from the Los Angeles Times, latimes.com, 2-11-20) In other news: “A cook in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana over-salted his boudin. Then it rained in … Continue reading

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Firehose of Rage

I hope that none are offended when I say that I am nonplussed at Ross Douthat’s use of “conterminous” in his column. Here are two scenes from the same drama. The first scene takes place in California, where the state’s … Continue reading

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