Auld Lang Syne

As I write this, it is 2011 already in some parts of the world.  To me, it feels like it should still be 1984.  Be that as it may, Peggy Noonan wrote a splendid column about New Year’s and the song Auld Lang Syne.  From “Days of Auld Lang What?”“Auld Lang . . . . Continue Reading »

Thirty Three Things (v. 29)

1. Days of Auld Lang What? You know exactly when you’ll hear it, and you probably won’t hear it again for a year. The big clock will hit 11:59:50, the countdown will begin—10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4—and the sounds will rise: the party horns, fireworks and shouts of “Happy New . . . . Continue Reading »

Predictions for 2011

At the beginning of 2010, I compiled a list that included 1,034 predictions for the coming year. I later went through and narrowed it down to the top 500 that I was absolutely certain would happen. Even after cutting the list down, though, I only managed to achieve a 67 percent accuracy rate. . . . . Continue Reading »

Family Matters

While I’m willing to agree with Michael Barone that at least some of the heat in the culture wars has been turned down a bit (but see this post for a qualification), a lot of interesting things have been said recently about marriage, some of which I noted here . In the first place, I want to . . . . Continue Reading »

Afternoon Links — 12.30.10

A man who grew up in a Communist family in Puerto Rico describes his movement out of the party and its anti-Americanism, as well as his observations on racial politics and the Left in America. While a memoir of the Gulag , and of European anti-semitism, has just appeared in English, 53 years . . . . Continue Reading »