A Trip Down la Strada…

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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    One of my high-school English teachers grew up in Idaho, where his father owned a hunting lodge that Hemingway and his friends, like Gary Cooper, used to stay at. I don’t know if that’s more or less awesome than this, but it’s close.Report

  2. Avatar J@m3z Aitch
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    Fascinating. The idea of a party specific police force that can enforce general laws and collect fines is surpassing weird to us steeped-in-American-democracy folks. Is there any way at all that isn’t a really terrible idea?Report

  3. Avatar Mark Thompson
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    This series of posts is wonderful, Rufus.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko
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    On my own travels in Italy, I’ve always found it more than a little bit jarring to see Fascist-era architecture sitting side by side with buildings in styles from other times. Big Art Deco styled eagles on the facades of buildings and things like that. A similar feeling as when I realized what that big “N” on the side of that bridge in Paris stood for.

    Some of it is just plain infrastructure (although some of that is being set aside) but the Italians do not seem to have shunned this era of their history the way that, say, the Germans or the Spaniards have. I don’t know if that’s for the good or for ill.Report

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