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2008-06-02 - 10:36 a.m.

"...There is an old Vulcan proverb, 'Only Nixon could go to China.'..."

--Spock, Star Trek VI

I've been thinking a lot about Richard Nixon since reading this fascinating book, which, like the Churchill book I loved a few weeks back, is not a biography of a person, but rather a chronology and analysis of his public image.

(It's amusing that the bibliography not only lists articles, books, and dissertations about Nixon, but also poems and operas)

It has unleashed long-forgotten memories. Nixon was My First President, setting the tone for a lifetime of mistrust of government leaders.

But now, all these years later, out of context and strictly on its own merits, his resignation speech seems brave and sad.

Also: when you're in Bay Ridge, and craving sausage and other heavy meats, Schnitzelhaus is the place to go.

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