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ON TURNING 80

By David Perlstein | July 5, 2024 |

This Tuesday, I turn 80. What have I learned? I’m imperfect. And the older I get, the less I understand. Yet, I still claim to know a few things worth sharing. But first, don’t ask me to predict who’ll win the 2024 presidential election. Or whether Joe Biden will withdraw from the race. Or if…

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PRIDE AND STRAIGHT PARENTS 

By David Perlstein | June 28, 2024 |

Pride Month in San Francisco concludes Sunday with the annual parade up Market Street. Carolyn and I have a personal connection.  We have a trans son, Yosi, and a gay son, Aaron—and gay son-in-law Jeremy. Also, a straight son, Seth. We love them equally.  Pride serves as a celebration for two straight parents who learned…

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WHEN IS IT TIME TO STEP ASIDE? 

By David Perlstein | June 21, 2024 |

Getting old poses challenges. One: defining old. A second: knowing when to step aside. This quandary is evident in the historical play The Lehman Trilogy, closing in San Francisco this Sunday. Written by the Italian playwright Stefano Massini and translated into English by Mirella Cheeseman, The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes, opened in 2018 at London’s National Theatre.…

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JUSTICE FOILS THE DEEP STATE 

By David Perlstein | June 14, 2024 |

Last Tuesday, a jury found Hunter Biden guilty of three felonies involving filling out a gun permit. Many Americans will take away a reassuring lesson. Others won’t. I was neutral about Hunter Biden’s trial. I also didn’t have a dog in the fight regarding Donald Trump’s recent New York conviction on 34 felony counts. A…

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THE CON KING LAYS IT OUT—A FABLE(?)

By David Perlstein | June 7, 2024 |

The former King of the Realm, a convicted felon, held a press conference at his private castle. The Capitol Clarion covered it.   “I came down the marble stairway—they couldn’t lower me in the basket—with one word about my trial. Rigged! A jury of my peers? Not one has as many sacks of gold. Sick people.…

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HAVE WE ALREADY FORGOTTEN?

By David Perlstein | May 31, 2024 |

Last Monday, Americans observed Memorial Day. Or did we? Some people flew flags (Carolyn and I did not) or went to special sites such as veterans cemeteries and memorials (we did in neighboring Presidio National Park). I suspect such observances were more common in the Heartland.  I also suspect that to the majority of Americans,…

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FUNNY GIRL, UNFUNNY PROBLEM 

By David Perlstein | May 24, 2024 |

A Broadway road show and a Jerusalem Post opinion piece shed light on why the left maintains its antagonism towards Israel and Diaspora Jews—and the hatred coming from the Israeli right. “Funny Girl” at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater entails the rise of Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice (born Fania Borach) a century ago. Brice overcame the…

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DEFINING AMERICA 

By David Perlstein | May 17, 2024 |

I’ve written about America’s regional differences and similarities—physical and cultural. A difficult question nags. Short of a defensive war, what defining aspect of America can put the United back into the United States? I’ve exchanged thoughts with an American friend in Poland, who teaches university classes on American life. We agree that “freedom” is too…

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GAZA AND MAGICAL THINKING 

By David Perlstein | May 10, 2024 |

Perhaps quantum physics aside, two identical objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Witness Gaza. Hamas wants a Palestinian state from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean). The Israeli far-right wants a Greater Israel in that same space. Both engage in magical thinking guaranteed to continue violence.  College campuses also produce…

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GULF COAST ADVENTURE 

By David Perlstein | May 3, 2024 |

Two weeks ago, I wrote in “Do I Live in America?” that California was a legitimate part of the United States. Last weekend, Carolyn and I saw that Texas and Florida are just as real—if uniquely so. Thursday, we flew to Houston to see Carolyn’s distant cousin, Dr. Robert Power. Bush Intercontinental Airport is as…

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