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Henry Demarest Lloyd - investigative journalist

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 07:51 PM by Patito de Hule

Here is a Wiki short bio of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Demarest_Lloyd"]Henry Demarest Lloyd [/ame], one of the earliest American muckrakers. By "muckrakers" I refer to that group of writers from about 1890 to 1914. I'd love to learn more about him.

The muckrakers were the inventors of investigative journalism as we have come to know. They were social reformers, and many (most) were Socialists. The best known were Ida Tarbell who wrote The History...
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On being born!

Posted April 21st, 2011 at 04:36 PM by Patito de Hule

My mother called this morning. She sounded well and in good spirits. She's 94 and slowing down a little, but last year while visiting I repaved her fifty yard driveway, and now that the nice weather has come she can get out and walk up and down it without stumbling, without getting her walker hung up in the cracks. She is so pleased by that. But mainly she called to reminisce about what she did seventy years ago today.

I don't remember the event, of course; I was kind of young....
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The Muckrakers

Posted April 5th, 2011 at 08:18 PM by Patito de Hule

In the 1890's, a new journalistic movement took root. It was called investigative journalism. The journalists in this movement threw much of their support to Teddy Roosevelt, and he benefitted from their writing. But in a speech in 1906 he compared them to a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress saying "“... you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward with the muck-rake in his hands; Who was offered a celestial crown for...
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How does a novel mean

Posted March 8th, 2011 at 12:56 AM by Patito de Hule

“Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. “
Albert Camus,

In 1942, Albert Camus published the immediately popular novel The Stranger. In the same year he published his best known philosophical essay, The Myth of Sisyphus. Jean-Paul Sartre also published one of his better critical essays On Albert Camus’s The Stranger. The Myth of Sisyphus contained the quote I have used here as a leader.

After Sartre’s essay, Camus and...
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It's the truth

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 03:01 PM by Patito de Hule

About the hardest thing in living with my wife is that she believes everything I say is the gospel truth. Literally!

Just for example, I went with my grandson to buy him a birthday present. We returned home. I sat down to read and he sat down to gift wrap his present so he could unwrap it. He was happily doing that and chattering about men shaving when he asked his Grandma

"How do you grow a beard?"

She was left speechless. So I got up and...
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