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Truth and fiction

History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead,” said Voltaire. Well, maybe it’s not quite that bad–but memory is certainly unreliable. There are as many versions of history as there are historians. There are

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Chasing after truth

What is truth? asked Plato, Pontius Pilate, and more recently, Johnny Cash. When I was young I decided to study philosophy and look for it. I’m still looking, and what’s more, I’m still trying to figure out what any of

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Looking at the indescribable

One of the most interesting thinkers to explore seeing is John Berger who’s been doing it for decades now in books like About Looking and Ways of Seeing. In the April issue of Harpers (not available on-line yet) he describes the

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“Paranoid about paranoia”

When New York Times editorial writer, Ross Douthat entitled a column “Paranoid about paranoia in America” , I recognized myself almost immediately. That’s me. All those right-wing paranoid world-beaters, sure that Obama was born a Muslim in Kenya and is just waiting to impose Shariah

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Saving truth, Part 3 – in which I reach no conclusion whatever

Harold Pinter was emphatic about “political theater”: don’t preach. “Sermonizing has to be avoided at all costs. Objectivity is essential. the characters must be allowed to breathe their own air.”  The artist can be as angry as hell about the lies

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Saving truth, part 2

Is truth getting lost  in a country where lies are being told with greater and greater frequency, and where the telling of them seems to give them the cachet of truth? Apparently, it was Lenin who said: “A lie told

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