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Defending “Person to Person”

I hadn’t expected to write one more word about Mad Men. I thought I’d said it all two weeks ago. Then, after the final episode, I saw one too many think-pieces coming out with a little too much snark. One more time, then, with feeling: The last episode of Mad Men was perhaps the greatest series finale of all time, of perhaps the greatest show of all time. Writer-director-showrunner-series creator Matthew Weiner struck just the right tone, all the way
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Autism

Dar Goes to College (well, sort of)

Perhaps every parent thinks twice before taking any 5-year-old to a memorial service. I know I did. When I heard Nick Vecchione had died, I really wanted to pay my respects…the last time I’d seen him, three years ago and twenty years since he mentored me in college, he’d treated me like an old chum, remembering my college self better than I did. But still…Dar at a memorial service? And at a college reunion? Wifey and I considered driving to
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Populism

The 100 Dos and Don’ts of Life by Daniel Smith-Rowsey

Hello Class of 2015! When I was your age, I got really sick of advice. I also didn’t like something I’d heard: “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Really? Am I supposed to read every law on the books? How am I supposed to know? I just wanted a manual, a very brief guide that would tell me what to do and what not to do. Sure, I planned to break the rules, but I wanted them all in
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