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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 05:37 pm
The English novelist Christopher Fowler ruminates to good effect in this blog post about George Orwell's novel, 1984.Orwell could never have predicted Trump. The fall of real authority came with the ...
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:27 am
By the time a third entry in a franchise rolls around, wear and tear begins to show in what was once considered fresh and inventive. And if the same filmmaker that brought parts one and two to the scr...
Monday, July 3, 2017 02:20 pm
Some further thoughts that I couldn't squeeze into this week's column on higher education.It is amazing how many of the men and women now honored as great Illinoisans managed to become so without b...
Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:06 am
This week in my Dyspepsiana column I lament that, for all his talk about structural reforms in Illnoius’ system of public higher education, Bruce Rauner has no idea what needs to be to really chan...
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:32 pm
Jordan Weissman of Slate sums up Republican senators' proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Medicaid is America's largest health insurance program by enrollment. It covers 62 milli...
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:05 pm
Taking a respite from kickin’ butt and takin’ names in a myriad of action movies, Scarlett Johansson dips her toes in the comedy pool with Lucia Aniello’s “Rough Night,” a film with some gen...
Friday, June 16, 2017 05:35 pm
 A pleasant surprise today -- a box full of copies of my new book, fresh from the printer. After some 40 years, the thrill of seeing one's name in print has faded, but I confess that openin...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:07 pm
Universal Pictures has a great deal riding on Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy.  Having witnessed the global success of Marvel Films interconnected superhero movies; the powers that be at the ...

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