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Americans are exceptional confabulists The singer-songwriter Bat MGrath writes earnest, heartfelt songs of relationships. Every word rings true. Nothing political. Yet it seems as though every time I see him play, he lets slip some hint of where his sentiments lie. As he did Saturday night. Between songs he described himself as an optimist, which […]

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Losing their religion, their guns, their flags and their minds For the first time in years, on this Fourth of July, I’m optimistic. Proud to be an American. I really started to feel it while a handful of us were sitting in a bar after a night at the jazz festival here at the end […]

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The old election clichés are dead We live with clichés. Cliché’s are comfortable and easy. But that doesn’t mean we can’t walk away from them when they’ve outlived their usefulness. Remember “Think outside the box?” Haven’t heard that one in a while. The first time I heard “24/7,” it sounded like a cliché. And if […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times so you don’t have to: Oct. 14 Today’s coffee is a beautiful Guatemalan. First music of the day: Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. 1,While Mitt Romney received a boost from his debate performance against Barack Obama – you may read my use of the word “performance” as a […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times so you don’t have to: June 10 Today’s coffee is from the island of Java. The first music of the day: birds singing outside the open windows after the early morning rain. 1, In this poor economy, unemployed people in their 60s are being forced to turn to […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: April 15 Today’s coffee is the last of the Mexican Oaxaca. Sigh. First music of the day: The late jazz drummer Paul Motian’s Flux and Change. 1, “White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip in,” is the lead story today. […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: March 4 I’m in a rut. For the third Sunday in a row, today’s coffee is Guatemalan. It’s a good rut. And I’m listening to The Monkees. 1, This tune sounds familiar. A Middle Eastern country is trying to acquire nuclear weapons. We […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Feb. 19 The coffee is Guatemalan. First music of the day: English folk singer Michael Weston King. I saw him last night at a house concert. 1, Concerns that gas prices might hit $4 a gallon could become a campaign issue as Republicans […]

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Hello from Mom, and a room full of vampire writers For the last few Sundays, readers of The Critical Mass have been complaining that they’ve had to read The New York Times themselves, because I haven’t had the time to do it for them. So, faced with your anger, that public service returns this weekend. […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 25 Today’s coffee comes from Burundi, a tiny landlocked African country on the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika. First music of the day: The Essential Dave Brubeck. 1, The Times profiles the group that led last week’s day-long attack […]

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