I’ve had some good years

COAHOMA—I think it was easier being a kid when I was one. Oh, there weren’t any hand-held computers we call cell phones or 200-plus-channel TV and “steaming” packages to entertain us, but neither were there any drugs or child predators or gangs or many other of the things which threaten kids today — at least not here, in the then wonderful little northern Coahoma County hamlet of my rearing.
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No more sympathy for the devil

ROLLING FORK—Toward the climax of Steven King’s underrated modern morality tale, “The Stand,” one of the protagonists says to minions of the literary demon incarnate, “Just so we understand each other: Randall Flagg is an apostate of hell, and you guys kiss his a- -.”

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Thoughts on the facts of life

ROLLING FORK — I was perusing amid the legion of reference books that line the shelves in my office the other day when I stumbled upon a long unopened one, the contents of which may well hold the answer to one of the more troubling questions plaguing contemporary American society: Why are so many people so apparently willing to simply ignore facts within the forming of their views of this and that?
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Musings on the original Ray

My father was wont to say of his that he could set concrete on fire with a box of penny matches. And, I reckon that was about right.
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We used to be better than this

ROLLING FORK — If we are going to consider ourselves and call ourselves “the civilized world,” then we are going to have to act like it.
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The emergent propaganda state

ROLLING FORK — The thing about propaganda is—it works. There are all manner of historical examples to prove the validity of that but we have no need for any of them. We have a front row seat to witness it every day. Lucky us.

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A nation in search of itself

ROLLING FORK — First candidate, now President Donald Trump has said ad infinitum that he wants to “Make America Great Again,” even as, with the help of his supporters and enablers, he rips it asunder.
The story of politics is the story of such paradoxes.
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On “The President and the Press”

There is a tendency among us humans to think that whatever is happening at any given time is worse than that thing has ever been before.
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Requiem for a very good man

ROLLING FORK — He called me “Ghost,” after my ancestor he admired, and I called him “Carlos,” after an international assassin.
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What if lexophiles designed game shows?

ROLLING FORK—Those who know me well know also that I am an unabashed lexophile. And no, that is not a confession.
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