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"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."

- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."

- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"

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Sunday, 30 April 2006
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Just Above Sunset logoThe new issue of Just Above Sunset, the weekly magazine-format site that is parent to this daily web log, is now online. This is Volume 4, Number 18 for the week of April 30, 2006.

This week you will find six extended commentaries on current events, with notes on the disintegration in Washington as the week began, then, for adults, the new hot book on a sensible, reality-based way to respond to that. There is a detailed bit of meta-political analysis, which would be observations not so much on current events, but on what people observe about current events, which is one level higher, or lower, or something. Then there's an item on whose story is getting out there, and why, and there's an account of Friday's hot stories - arrests, drugs and sex and even Watergate, again, and Darfur and Iran being more than difficult, and more. And there's an item on what happens when the American Dream bumps up against economic data, and it's not pretty.

Curiosities this week? Our man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, tells us Chicagoans can always eat foie gras in Paris, and there some amazing Hollywood history, related to Rochester, up in New York.

The photography this week? Seven pages of the unusual out here, signs in Hollywood - not what you'd see in Peoria - and some very picturesque wrecked ships, and some intense red façades, and some nature (birds and bees, actually), snazzy palm tree shots suitable for framing, and some really flashy close-up botanicals.

There's a big helping of the weird from Texas, of course, and the quotes are from the master, Samuel Johnson, ones you may not have encountered.

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Extended Observations on Current Events ______________________

Damage Assessment: The Great Unraveling, or Something
What Adults Do
Policy: The conceptual flaw in the "intimidation model" for getting what you want...
Truth and Authenticity: More on the Power of Narrative
A Friday Flurry: Could It Be That We're Now Living in the Only Banana Republic Armed with Nuclear Weapons?
Economics: The American Dream and the Economic Facts of Life

Curiosities ______________________

Our Man in Paris: Chicagoans Can Eat Foie Gras In Paris
Hollywood Notes: Off the beaten path...

Southern California Photography ______________________

Signage: Displays in Hollywood
Abstracts: Just Patterns from Hollywood Boulevard
Blue: Nautical Shots of a Sort
Red: Doors and Posters
Nature: The Birds and the Bees
Botanicals: Hot Ice

Quotes for the week of April 23, 2006 - Sam's Club

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