Why Vidal,Mailer,Capote all failed to write the great American novel

Three of the most overrated writers in their time. I’m not saying that they’ll all lie on the ash heap of literary history–maybe just the backyard of someone on “Hoarding–buried alive”. Pretentious bleats all.

the notion of making the rich “pay their fair share” has always struck me as either ridiculous or a well crafted deception. You could tax the rich at 100 percent and not even dent the national debt. The middle class and the poor have the bulk of the national wealth because of their numbers. They will {and always have had to}make the payments in the end.

International Liberty

While I disagree with statists, I sometimes admire their discipline. They are very good at staying “on message.”

I am 100 percent confident, for instance, that they intend big tax hikes on the middle class, even though they would piously swear an oath to the contrary. Indeed, I suspect more than 90 percent of them secretly would like a value-added tax.

It’s not that they necessarily dislike ordinary people, but privately they understand that you can’t finance big government by taxing rich people.

Simply stated, there aren’t enough of the “1 percent.” Moreover, rich people have significant control over the timing, composition, and level of their income, so class-warfare tax hikes inevitably will fail to generate much revenue (yes, the Laffer Curve exists).

So it makes sense that they want to screw the middle class, but it’s also obvious that they don’t want to admit this is their…

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‘Ancient’ Olympics revival shuns commerce

Greek Stadium hosts games that shun commercialization, though it seems a rather wussy effort to simulate the ancient “agones” it’s a start.

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Young (Ancient) Greek Athlete mounts steps of the Temple of Zeus, 330 B.C.

Springsteen:I always thought he was a simulacrum

Some years ago there was a Roy Orbison tribute on PBS. Springsteen was one of the participants, as he rocked across the stage with sweaty intensity, ostensibly playing a guitar solo, I noticed that his hands were in absolutely no relation to what the guitar was saying and it occurred to me that absent that error, it was a masterful performance of false sincerity