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by Robert Nason
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Mark, I think certain professions offer an easier opportunity for self-promotion or outright boasting than others. Wrestlers and boxers are virtually required to boast about themselves as much as possible. Actors can play shy, but unless they're in the De Niro stratosphere, they have to go out and p...
by Robert Nason
Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Tony, I'm glad you enjoyed the Schulberg piece. If you're going to reread The Four Seasons of Success , I'd recommend you look at the revised and expanded version of the book that Schulberg reissued in 1983 under the longer title Writers in America: The Four Seasons of Success. It offers his later r...
by Robert Nason
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:59 pm
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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I want to thank all you guys and gals for the warm words about my humble piece in the Wall Street Journal. And Frank, I assume you're joking when you say I injected my politics into the article. True, Abbott and Costello and the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, and the Wolfe Man were all notorious rig...
by Robert Nason
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Thanks, Doug/ I'm already at work on a few new pieces. Ezra, I'm a LONG way from being a public intellectual. But hey, it's something to shoot for. I'm not someone who sees "intellectual" as a dirty word. And better to be public about your views than private (though you can build up quite ...
by Robert Nason
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Thanks, Tim! You're one of the guys I also want to thank for helping me hone my debating and writing skills -- little did you know! I see that my Maltin piece is already posted on the WSJ web site, under the title "Requiem for a Heavyweight Movie Guide." Thank you, too, Rod Serling, wherev...
by Robert Nason
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Lately, every time I post something here, it's an apology for my absence. So here's another one. But I have a reasonably decent excuse. No, the cat didn't eat my homework. I've been busy writing -- and, finally, selling . This is not the best time to be blowing my own horn, given Harlan's serious he...
by Robert Nason
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:40 pm
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Incidentally, Frank, I've seen that clip of Harlan talking about Orwell a number of times before. He's dead on. Only we're not only heading for an imminent future that's like NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (the correct spelling of the novel), but also BRAVE NEW WORLD, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, ...
by Robert Nason
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Frank -- it's ironic that your hero Noam Chomsky made his reputation in linguistics by establishing (at least to those in the field) that evolution has hard-wired our brains to accept language, all kinds of language. The specific language with its grammar and tenses is software that can be fitted to...
by Robert Nason
Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:20 am
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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By the way, Mark, you're right on the money about that "unselfconscious energy" a person has in his or her 20s. At the time, I thought that was just being normal. Little did I know. But look how most people waste that energy and create nothing of real value with it. Full of sound and fury,...
by Robert Nason
Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:17 am
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Frank, I really think you should read more of the books for laymen (and women) on neuroscience and evolutionary biology that have been published lately. We really are hard-wired for quite a few things. Naturally as civilized people we don't have to give in to all the impulses generated by that wirin...
by Robert Nason
Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Mark -- Yes, you nailed it. Status is the word I was searching for. Bingo. I had the same troubles with girls in high school that you did, but I didn't discover your simple strategy until many years later, when I guy I new who was not particularly good-looking or endowed (ahem) with much status told...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:13 pm
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Steve -- Very funny! Mark, the better part of my nature agrees wholeheartedly with what you wrote; but the realist (or cyncial, if you prefer) part of me knows that men with wealth and power will continue to seek out younger female companions, and those younger women will continue to seek out them. ...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:41 pm
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Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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And while we're on the subject of body image, here's an interesting piece dealing with tattoos and the people who love them:

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusiv ... -tattoos-2
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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Lori -- women may be allowed a very narrow way to look, but judging from the fashion magazines I've seen, women prefer to look at very narrow women. This is a very dangerous topic. Almost anything I say is likely to get me in trouble. Women are allowed a narrow range in how they can look, but we guy...
by Robert Nason
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robert Nason's Culture Café
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"IS very unnerving," that is.

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