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August 28, 2008


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i was thinking ancient greek skybox, but you're right. there's probably a desk somewhere.


T says that he read today--ok, yes, in WSJ--that we're talking great society, with small g and small s....and yet with clear yearning, to be sure.

Now, tell me this, you country music fans, who sang that first song post-speech? Was it Kenny Chesney? Beverly Keel will tell me in the morning, but I want to know now.


that country music was cuckoo. so dissonant. but whatever it takes!

dave's not here

from my new blog, "sightaffects.blogspot.com"

Watching not only tonight, but past evenings has been really interesting. The repetition and enactment of values -- family, gender, patriotism, hope -- have taken center stage at almost every turn, from Biden's reference to his life, to the introductory film on Barack's background and even in the Republican-turned-Democrat narratives from Susan Eisenhower and others. If there is a dramatic narrative here, it is the affective and embodied dimension of ethics. Such ethics are bound up with promises and expectations -- individual as well as corporate and governmental. And, with promises of change comes the aspiration of dreams -- from the personal dream of Barack becoming President to individual dreams of their family's security and to Dr. King's dream of a promised land: Obama made the case tonight that these dreams and promises are nothing if not embodied, if not affected, if not continually emergent in each of our lives and government can both aid and hinder that emergence. We will see if he is persuasive.

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