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I don’t know much about Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who has reportedly been named to fill Hillary Clinton’s senate seat. But at least David Patterson didn’t turn this into a political episode of Dynasty by naming Caroline Kennedy or Andrew Cuomo.
If you missed it, here’s how the Washington Post described the Kennedy-Cuomo tussle for the senate seat:
The contest for the prized Senate seat soon turned into a sometimes vicious inter-family squabble, with an added personal dimension of bitterness — Andrew Cuomo was married to Caroline Kennedy’s cousin Kerry Kennedy until 2003, when the two had a contentious and public divorce that included tabloid-fueled accusations of infidelity.
Thankfully, the nation has been spared more of that ordeal.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”