Last Change

“No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time on my business.’”

Paul Tsongas, New York Times, January 14, 1987

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The Essential Obama: Lesson One

Let me begin by returning to the beginning of my previous post, where I said that by August 2008 I knew only two things about Barack Obama.

He loves his daughters very much. (more…)

One Small Consequence of Change: Beating Up on President Obama

Three summers ago in a series of interviews I remarked that, even though I had been following the man closely for more than a year on the campaign trail, I knew only two things about Barack Obama.

He loves his daughters very much. (more…)

Season of Change

After a long break from writing, but not from thinking–is there any writer who has been able to shut off his or her mind, without alcohol? or yoga?–I’m back.  Where to?  Not sure.  But hopefully I’ll find my way via a series of meanders through the subject of CHANGE.

The last century was defined by three great wars, two hot and one cold.  The century before that:  materialism and colonialism, and their interdependence.  Before that?  The Enlightenment.  Will our current age be as paradigmatic as the eighteenth century?  Probably not.  But for us living it the twenty-first is turning out to be a roiling and unsettling ride, if not quite (yet) on the magnitude of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 that shaped  the philosophical debate and insight of that epoch. (more…)

 
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