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Nick Hornby October 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm Uncategorized , , ,

During an interview with Neil Hannity on Fox in the US a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Palin defended John McCain’s use of a phrase that is coming back to haunt him: HANNITY: Senator Barack Obama yesterday was attacking Senator McCain for saying that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Do you believe that […]

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Typical Academics

Nick Hornby January 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm Uncategorized , ,

Craig Garthwaite and Timothy Jay Moore, in a paper entitled ‘The Role Of Celebrity Endorsements in Politics: Oprah, Obama, and the 2008 Democratic Primary’, reckon that Oprah’s endorsement “was responsible for 1,015,559 votes for Obama”. Typical academics: they’ll never stick their neck out. (From James Wolcott’s rollicking article in Vanity Fair, ‘The Good, The Bad […]

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It’s been a long time coming

Nick Hornby November 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm Uncategorized , ,

When, in his victory speech, Barack Obama told the crowd that “It’s been a long time coming…..”, he was, of course, alluding to Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, and who doesn’t love an election where you need to know a little about old R&B to understand the references in the rhetoric? Now we […]

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Those of you…

Nick Hornby October 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm Uncategorized , , ,

Those of you who have not been following the US Presidential election in great detail might be mystified by John McCain’s obsession with a man named Bill Ayers. Back when Obama was a kid, Ayers used to belong to the Weather Underground, the radical dissident group involved in occasionally violent protest against the Vietnam War; […]

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Climate Change

Nick Hornby July 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm Uncategorized , ,

A recent, terrific episode of the always great American radio series ‘This American Life’ posits the need for a magazine called ‘Modern Jackass’, to which those who finds themselves talking with confidence about a subject of which they are almost entirely ignorant would be able to contribute. (You can download TAL from – go […]