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The Most Important of
Unimportant Things

American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/16/2014 9:39:40 AM

“Sports,” said Larry King, in a formulation I much like, “is the most important of unimportant things.” During the last few weeks, however, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows of doubt. Sports have been turning up on the front pages of newspapers, usually above the fold, often being among the leading items on national television newscasts. Circuses before bread has been the order of the day. America’s participation in the World Cup soccer championship garnered a vast amount of press and popular interest. Had the U.S. soccer team gone

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steph_gray, 7/16/2014 9:58:29 AM     (No. 9927072)

When the communist dictatorship is getting stronger towards the end of Atlas Shrugged, here´s the media response:

“The front pages of the newspapers were suddenly full of stories about spring floods, traffic accidents, school picnics and golden-wedding anniversaries.”

Ayn had the gift of prophecy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/16/2014 10:19:04 AM     (No. 9927117)

I confess to being only a casual observer of sports but it has become bread and circus for the country.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bgarrett, 7/16/2014 1:36:39 PM     (No. 9927412)

"Grown men playing a ´game´ with a little ball´, he sneered.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 7/16/2014 6:08:12 PM     (No. 9927704)

I´m a huge fan of Joseph Epstein´s work. His writing has style and a droll humor that I find irresistible.

The weather was very pleasant today, so I´ll not require of him my customary endorsement fee.



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