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The kids are all right

By Marty Kaplan

November 11, 2008 | 6:15 pm

It was a lucky coincidence that Freshmen Parents Weekend at my daughter's college, which was also my college, came right on the heels of the presidential election.

Lucky for me, because the... read full article

  • Let bygones (not) be bygones

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    That's it?

    Twelve-hundred-and-eight words, and we're supposed to forget the months of ugly that came before?

    Not so fast.

    "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find...
  • Move over, Willie Horton

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 27, 2008 | 3:54 pm

    I just hope Peter Feldman isn't Jewish.

    In my parents' New Jersey home, when the perpetrator of some awful act in the news was not yet known, I could always count on them to say, "I hope he isn't Jewish."

    This worked out well in the case of Lee Harvey Oswald, but for Jack Ruby, not...
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Colin Powell

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 20, 2008 | 1:15 am

    Listening to Colin Powell endorse Barack Obama, I had the same divided feelings I did last spring, when I heard him speak at my daughter's high school graduation.

    He had come because he knew the family of another senior in the class well enough to accept the invitation. An hour...
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  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Gotcha? You betcha!

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 6, 2008 | 1:44 pm

    John McCain and Sara Palin have been complaining that there's too much "gotcha journalism" going around.

    If only.

    When they say "gotcha journalism," what they're really trying to do, of course, is to demonize journalism itself -- to de-legitimize asking tough questions, and...
  • One-Day U

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 17, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    Maybe it was because I had just helped my daughter move into her freshman dorm room and I was envious of the deliciously named courses she was thinking of taking. Or maybe it was because I've always been a sucker for pitches like "Conversational Hebrew in One Day!" Or maybe it was...
  • Post-Palin Depression

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 11, 2008 | 12:26 am

    A therapist I know -- OK, since you dragged it out of me, my therapist -- told me that I'd be astonished if I knew how many emergency calls she got the night that Sarah Palin gave her convention speech.

    Actually, I wasn't that surprised. Judging from the number of unnerved post-Palin...

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