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9 More Badly Needed Changes
to Speed Up Baseball

Major League Baseball just killed the “manual intentional walk” in the spirit of speeding up games. Managers can now trigger an intentional walk by signally the umpire rather than forcing the pitcher to waste a dozen lifetimes across all viewers by going through the usually pointless exercise of tossing in four wide balls. This not only moves things along, but […]

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Sling and the Overdue Death of Network TV

I gave away my last television in 2005. It wasn’t a financial decision or some act of principle. Nor was I trying to spare kids from a prime-time diet of violence and sex (I’ve clawed a tenuous beachhead into bachelorhood thus far). It was a junkie going cold turkey. I just loved TV too damned […]

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A Conversation at Altitude

  I had 97 percent of this conversation shortly after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which Donald Trump won. That last three percent make it a parable. The actual exchange occurred at sea level, though it didn’t seem that way.     T R A N S C R I P T DATE OF CONVERSATION: WEDNESDAY 11/09/16, 2:29-2:37 AM EST SITE: BACK LOWER CABIN OF AMERICAN AIRLINES […]

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Post-Election Ode to Premature Suicide

When I was a kid, I had a book filled with little biography blurbs. I remember reading an especially short one about Walter Benjamin, a German-Jewish philosopher and writer I had never heard of and didn’t care to learn anything about. The last sentence caught my eye. It went something like, “Distraught by the rise […]

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You, For One, Will Welcome Your New Serpent Overlord

The nation is in a struggle to choose its next animal. Many couples can relate. Let’s say you’re moving and debating which furry quadruped will bedevil your family for the next decade. “I’d like a dog,” you say. “They’re not perfect, but they’re fiercely protective and they force you to get off your ass, if […]

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1905 Reporter: Election To Wreak Salvation of Journal-ism

—— News-Papers Must Support Wealthy G.O.P. Gentle-Man Ridiculed For His Comb Of Hair —– News-paper men, and ladies in the Trade, reporting on the ongoing in-state contests to choose the candidates for the U.S. Presidency, are displaying hostile aversion to one of the gentle-men of the Republican Party. They strongly fear this gentle-man, known for the constructing […]

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With Great Sadness

My dear, beautiful mother, Joan, passed away this past Sunday afternoon, August 16, after fighting lung cancer. She was 81. She was my best friend, my best editor, and my reason for living. I miss her more than words can express. Everyone who knew and loved my mom knew she was an incredible human being. […]

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Brian Williams Still Can’t Say the “L” Word

Brian Williams still won’t say he lied. After four months. In his first post-suspension interview on June 19, safely on the home NBC turf of the Today show, he persistently dodged a pivotal question Matt Lauer asked but didn’t press forcefully enough: Did he actively know that he was lying when he was telling his many exaggerated tales? He […]

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