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Minor heroism in a major metropolitan area
A selection of terms that have newly been coined, that have recently acquired new currency, or that have taken on new meanings, compiled by the executive editor of The Americ an Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Third Edition.
Both parties promise to reinvent government. We asked the father of corporate restructuring to show them how.
To his fellow citizens he was a great artist and a patriot. In the West he was seen first as an anti-fascist hero, then as a Soviet toady, and later as a dissident. To critics and musicians he was either a keeper of the symphonic flame or a clumsy provincial who was debasing musical values. To our author he is not only the greatest Soviet composer but the greatest Soviet artist of all, and the creator of what may turn out to be the twentieth century’s most precious artistic legacy—precisely because his music can never be fully understood
“That story’s sadder’n a armless old man in a room full of skeeters,” Raynelle said. “You sorry sons of bitches tell the depressingest lies I ever heard.”
Consider the following propositions: First, because human behavior is ultimately determined by outside factors, human beings cannot be held responsible for their actions. Second, punishment doesn’t work anyway. These propositions are legacies of modern psychology. And, the author argues, they are nonsense
Studs Terkel’s vanishing kind of decency is on display in a taped sampling of his radio show