The Pleasure and the Pain of Shane MacGowan

The Pleasure and the Pain of Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan in 1986, from Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan. (© Andrew Catlin/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures) An outlandishly entertaining documentary about the Pogues singer-songwriter People are amazed he isn’t dead yet, but as Shane MacGowan notes, they’ve been saying that for more than 40 years, since he first became a celebrity in…

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Back to the Future Meets Hillbilly Elegy

Back to the Future Meets Hillbilly Elegy

From left: Haley Bennett, Glenn Close, and Owen Asztalos in Hillbilly Elegy. (Lacey Terrell/Netflix) What time travel can tell us about heartland hurting. It is a sad thing to watch a place die. The film adaptation of J. D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy, which details an Appalachian son’s improbable success following a difficult Ohio Rust…

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The War on the Electoral College Has Only Just Begun

The War on the Electoral College Has Only Just Begun

How a Democrat-driven vote ‘compact,’ a key court ruling, and the Georgia Senate races could converge to decide its fate. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he people of the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and elsewhere have spoken. By majority vote, they have chosen Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Isn’t it outrageous to suggest that…

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Lockout-Loving Museums Spiral Downward

Lockout-Loving Museums Spiral Downward

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he fatiguing fundamentalists peddling the COVID panic continue to appall. Here in Vermont, Thanksgiving was, by order of our governor, a one-household affair. Only those who live together could talk turkey together. He then ordered our schoolteachers to enlist children as snitches. At school the Monday after Thanksgiving, children were asked…

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G. K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw: An Ambivalent Literary Relationship

G. K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw: An Ambivalent Literary Relationship

G.K. Chesterton (left) in 1915; George Bernard Shaw in 1914. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division) The Christian writer and apologist remains a superbly judicious guide to the modernist Nietzschean, the most influential English-language dramatist of the 20th century. George Bernard Shaw lived to be 94, dying 70 years ago, in 1950, and was…

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Wildfire operations boss still on the job during retirement

Wildfire operations boss still on the job during retirement

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Back home in Flagstaff, retirement resumed, Buck Wickham looks none the worse for wear. Another fire season will come, soon enough, and he will sure as heck be there once more in the midst of the action. But for now, Buck in winter is content to dust off his golf clubs,…

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Cargo ship attacked off Yemen under unclear circumstances

Cargo ship attacked off Yemen under unclear circumstances

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A cargo ship traveling past Yemen in the Gulf of Aden came under attack in unclear circumstances, maritime authorities said Saturday. The Gulf of Aden is a crucial route for global trade, and has seen a number of Somali pirate attacks that have mostly stopped in recent years. The…

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Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers

Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers

MOSCOW (AP) – Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort. The vaccinations come three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet…

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Romania: Election expected to usher in ‘European’ generation

Romania: Election expected to usher in ‘European’ generation

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romanians will vote Sunday in a legislative election expected to restore some measure of stability in a country with one of the European Union’s highest emigration rates, and bring to power a generation that came of age in a time of national turmoil and strongly identifies as European. Cabinet shakeups and…

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Central Florida families meet after kidney transplants

Central Florida families meet after kidney transplants

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Hallie Thomas barely resisted the urge to run over and hug Jamie McKenzie on Nov. 23 when they met at AdventHealth Orlando – three months after both donated a kidney to save the life of each other’s loved one. Thomas, a 34-year-old teacher from Winter Garden, gave one of her kidneys…

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