The average Angeleno does not live, eat and breathe politics. Partisanship is the last thing on their minds, and it is probably easy to understand why registration for independent voters is climbing.
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Maybe, at the end of the day, there is something not so "normal" in thinking that everyone, in the whole wide world, should be the same.
Sarah Palin's right that "English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too." And that's something to be afraid of -- because she's contributing far more to the trough of public consciousness than just a few verbal miscues.
As a country, we are pregnant with the lowest common denominator. We now view adaptability as virtue, and the desire to radically transform oneself and the world as insanity.
Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate.
One view of "normal" has come out of the crisis stronger than ever: that "normal" doesn't exist at all, that the belief in market equilibrium has been effectively undermined.
This prejudice in favor of the typical is on full display this week, as the world reacts to the death of Michael Jackson.
Michael's life, when considered within the broader scope of highly creative people throughout history, was not really that unusual after all.
I grew up in a place, Bayside, New York; a place where, when I mentioned Nietzsche, the woman who lived above me asked, "if you take Penicillin, will it cure that?"
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