The Girl Next Door is Dead

Our popular culture is characterized in no small part by its hostility to innocence. Innocence, especially sexual innocence, is derided as somehow being the province of the stupid, the backward, the lost and rejected. Sexual innocence, it is assumed, is exclusively the result of being unattractive. Everywhere we see the notion that sexual innocence is […]

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What We Don’t Know Will Kill Us

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many people react poorly to my saying America is doomed. Their anger and consternation, however, do nothing to change the bleak outlook for our nation. All their outraged responses do is confirm their lack of imagination.  They cannot imagine a world in which the great American experiment has failed to such an extent […]

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You Are Only A Unit of Production

Sometimes, the evening just calls for pizza. We recently had an evening just like this. I can’t remember exactly what was happening, probably some combination of children’s activities and parental fatigue, but for whatever reason, we decided to forgo our regular dinner rituals and pop over to the local franchise of my wife’s favorite national […]

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How Spring Break Destroyed America

Sometime in the 1990’s when other college kids were off on Spring Break, I was at home watching it on television. I remember distinctly sitting in my apartment watching a report on some prime time news magazine about what students set free for a week of hedonistic pursuits were getting up to. I remember just […]

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