Gerry Canavan

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* Not-so-smart people who disagree with me about Libya: Leon Wieseltier.

There is no historical shame, no historical cost, in delivering a city of 750,000 people, and a democratic revolt, from the brutal designs of a lunatic tyrant, and in being seen to be doing so. There is only honor.

Sounds like quite a fantasy you’re having. Don’t let us interrupt.

* For a longer take on all this, Glenn Greenwald.

The New York Times reports on censorship in China.

* And this is why we can’t have nice things: The most highly acclaimed show on television and it can’t get back on the air.

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March 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Inside the Mind of Kerouac

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Almost all his life Jack Kerouac had a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs never knew about. He obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, charting the exploits of made-up players like Wino Love, Warby Pepper, Heinie Twiett, Phegus Cody and Zagg Parker, who toiled on imaginary teams named either for cars (the Pittsburgh Plymouths and New York Chevvies, for example) or for colors (the Boston Grays and Cincinnati Blacks).

He collected their stats, analyzed their performances and, as a teenager, when he played most ardently, wrote about them in homemade newsletters and broadsides. He even covered financial news and imaginary contract disputes. During those same teenage years, he also ran a fantasy horse-racing circuit, complete with illustrated tout sheets and racing reports. He created imaginary owners, imaginary jockeys, imaginary track conditions.

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May 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

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