At this watershed moment in American politics, could Obama's State of the Union call to Americans to bring our better self into politics be a coded call to women? After all, who is the one men usually refer to when they refer to "my better self?"
Hamlet's predicament epitomizes the famous dichotomy Matthew Arnold made between the Hebraic and the Hellenic in Culture and Anarchy, with the Hebraic representing "strictness of conscience" and the Hellenic, "spontaneity of consciousness."
For George Bush, democracy is bulling through a Florida decision which makes his government only borderline legitimate from the gitgo. It is forcing "change" with soldiers rather than friendly persuasion. It is pandering.
On race days in Elmhurst, the York Community High School boys cross country team is fondly known as The Long Green Line. A new documentary film borrows that name. Its audiences will never be able to think of the sport in the same way again.