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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
 every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
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“No one with a weak stomach should watch sausage—or the law—being made.”—Oliver Wendell HolmesUS Supreme Court JusticeMore and more Americans ...
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Stop Calling Them “Theories.” They’re Not.

Stories in the popular press these days abound with references to "conspiracy theories." It seems that every time some fringe group or some eccentric individual makes some wild, unsubstantiated claim, we have a new "theory." Actually, we don't. . . .

How to Write a Dynamite Blog Article

If you're called upon to write an online article, a news item, or a discussion piece, follow these 17 guidelines for readability and impact. This 4-minute read will make you a better online writer. . . .

The First Refusal

Author: Source: Comments: A thoughtful piece on the impact and intrusion of portable technology on our lives. Walter Kirn is a novelist and essayist. Link: https://walterkirn.substack.com/p/the-first-refusal Views: 108 . . .

Did a Teacher Change Your Life?

As you consider your own K-12 school years and your undergraduate college or graduate school experiences, if you continued with your education, who were the teachers that really mattered to you? Who were the ones who made your learning journey interesting, safe, even fun? Who were the ones who supported your efforts to master tough subjects? Who were the teachers who listened as you talked about your goals, career aspirations, and dreams? Who helped you shift from one possible career path to the one you're on now? Who were the ones who gave you encouragement, praise, and even tough love, . . .

Sexual Politics: How Not to Seduce Somebody

A hypothetical conversation between the updated version of my  'Sixties self and a modern woman, negotiating the terms of a mutually acceptable sexual experience. . . .

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