June 17th, 2019

Max’s View

The Gatekeepers

February, 1945: President Roosevelt met with Saudi King Ibn Saud to discuss the postwar future of the Middle East. FDR asked the Arab monarch what he thought about the idea of establishing a Jewish state on the Eastern Mediterranean. “How about putting this Jewish state somewhere in Germany?” King Saud responded, “because putting it in the Middle E...

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End of Watch

When I was a kid, I didn’t understand how police officers benefit society. I thought that cops mostly just harassed people they didn’t like and wrote out tickets. Now that I own a house that contains several things that I don’t want to have stolen from me, I fully understand what the police do to benefit society. Now I appreciate that they’re out t...

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Searching for Sugar Man

The darkest hour in the history of the music business was Metallica v. Napster. It was the year 2000 and internet file sharing technology had made it possible for people to discover new music without having to buy it. When their new song leaked, thousands of Metallica fans downloaded the track before it was released in stores. Metallica should have...

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Coming soon to the Savoy Theater…  Quartet I don’t know for sure, but it looks like growing old stinks. A woman in the movie “Quartet” has a catchphrase: “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” The joke is that the character’s name is Cissy. But, really, it’s no joke at all. Old age is one long series of bummers, big and small. Losing your eyesight...

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