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p3 - Persuasion, Perseverance, and Patience: A journal of politics, media, and culture

The Byrds released "Mr. Tambourine Man" forty-nine years ago today.I have no idea what the birdhouses signified.

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When George Will posted his column last week about how unfair it was that rape survivors sometimes try to hang on to a little of their dignity, most people simply tre

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Apparently I care more about Mark Twain's legacy than the Kennedy Center does.

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No elite voice in this country seems capable of coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq war was "lost" the moment it was launched. It was lost becau

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Yes, yes, it's got nothing to do with the actual policy of the actual Pottery Barn sto

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(Part 1 is here.)Comic Strip of the Day is less forgiving, and arguably more on the ball, than I am.

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Both the Republican House le

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Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives was born on this date in 1909. In the 1930s he joined several other musicians laboring in the vinyards of folk and blues music, including Lead Belly, Alan Lomax, and Pete Seeger. A decade later, Ives and many of his fellow lefty musicians were summoned to testify before the House Committee on Un-

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Well, close enough:The most effective form of voter suppression is to convince people that the franchise is out of their reach.

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Let's be realistic: If you name someone Crystal Metheney, it really is only a matter of time until she gets

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Since the

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Never been a huge Obama fan,

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It turned an already existing musical style into a cultural phenomenon. It took John Travolta from sitcom heart-throb to hugely bankable movie star, and it made the BeeGees rich beyond the dreams of avarice.And as it turns out, the New Yo

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In a little over a year, the elite political media once again will spend a lot of time telling you how important Iowa is. This happens every four years.

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Having already draped himself in a toga, McCain's response to the Obama administration has been both petulant and imperious, a small boy commanding an a

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Some – too many – one

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So. Forty-seven years ago tomorrow the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This was the final track.Or, if you're a purist, this was the final track.

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Perhaps a good writer's death releases a burst of energy that brings out the best in other good writers. It might explain why I've read some splendid tributes to Maya Ang

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The “Black Mass” is merely a satanic parody of the Catholic mass — which, while it may be offensive to some Catholics, is totally harmless in prac

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(Original post: 5/31/10)After last winter's visit with the family back at the farm (what I sometimes like to call "Walton's Mountain without the mountain"), I came home with four of my dad's WWII Army service ribbons. (No idea where the medals are, though they may have been donated with the rest of his dress un

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I actually expected that to

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First, about four decades of this happened:Then – sixteen years too late (like it would have killed them) and about half a year after her performing career was ended by Parkinson's Disease – this finally happened:

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In the context of arguing that liberalism

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This is a perfect reductio ad wingnut: If a government agency has problems, it's proof that government can't do anything right, including things

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Lucky us. T

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Just because I haven't heard Warren Zevon in a while. (Or Jackson Browne, come to that.)

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A transformational moment in my own internet reading came when I realized I could

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It's been one hundred twenty-six yearsSince he left for the heavenly spheres.We've since stolen, quite outright,His form quinquepartiteBut the credit is all Mr. Lear's.Hat-tip to the late Roger Ebert, whose lengthy and acceleratingly naughty tribute to Lear's verse form

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