Notes from the Ironbound
Essays and pop culture musings from a teacher/historian in New Jersey
Friday, October 22, 2021
Teaching After the War
Longtime readers know I am a huge John Le Carre fan. One of my favorite moments in his novels comes in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy when Georg...
Saturday, October 16, 2021
The Beatles, "Two Of Us" (Track of the Week)
I had a great day today. My wife and I took our kids into the city. We had a wonderful meal in Koreatown then went to Broadway to see Wicked...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
My Strange Oughts Nostalgia
I have a long-standing theory that there is a 20 year nostalgia echo. In the 70s there were 50s movies like Grease and American Graffiti a...
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Primal Scream, "Loaded" (Track of the Week)
Let me tell you children about a time when I hit adolescence, a time I call the Reagan Dusk. From about 1988 to 1991 the promises of the day...
Sunday, October 3, 2021
The Consolations of Philosophy
In April of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic's shutdown phase, a student at my school asked if I would read some Nietzsche with him, s...
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
America's Estates General
I have been reading Mike Duncan's excellent new Lafayette biography, which has been especially good at seeing the French Revolution from...
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Gordon Lightfoot, "Early Morning Rain" (Track of the Week)
This week brought the autumn equinox, heralding six months of more darkness than light. The beautiful weather we've had these past few d...
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