Pseudo-Intellectual

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Vol. XX.

Come with me now deep into the heart of darkness [] October 1967 [] when American soldiers were fighting and dieing in Vietnam, college campuses were starting to churn with protest and a president was caught in a vise from which he would not escape.


Birkett may be out of politics for now, but he's still interested

Joe Birkett, the DuPage County state's attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Illinois attorney general in 2002, has been in the news a lot lately, most recently getting front-page coverage in The Chicago Tribune when he announced an indictment in a notoriou


State now after crooked judge's lawyer -- col. 11/26/05

For nearly three years now, a crooked former judge in Cumberland County has been a lonely figure of controversy, drawing all the heat from investigators while his associates escaped attention.


More weird developments in Rhoads' case 11/19/05 column

The twists and turns leading from the scene of a double-murder 20 years ago in Edgar County through the state and federal courts keep getting stranger and stranger.


Novelist John Updike has some thoughts about Flashman, too

FLASHY TO THE RESCUE -- from The New Yorker


The Flashman series -- a wonderful story on a set of great books

November 11, 2005 - New York Times


No room in 'Laramie' legend for ambiguity 11/12/05 column

A month ago, students at Champaign Central High School performed in The Laramie Project, a play based on the 1998 murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.


Fallout from Rhoads murders stains the courts 11/5/05 N-G col.

The 1986 murders of newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhoads and nagging questions about who did it remain a cancer on their hometown of Paris, a small town in Edgar County.


Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Vol. XIX.

I'd be happy to recommend an excellent book [] if you make it worth my while.


Edgar's wife getting more and more strident in opposition

I hate to be too breathless about these things, but I can't resist passing along the latest I heard about Jim Edgar's back-and-forth


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