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George Kennan Dead. A Grand Guy.


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Good ol' GeorgeSo farewell then, George Kennan. Seems to me I’ve been hearing your obituary in my dreams for about ten days. How delightful to read in the Times that you were a gloomy, complicated and morose person, who despaired of conveying fine nuance in a world of political hackery. Whenever I thought of a foreign-service career for myself, you were always there in my mind as one of the Big Names. Somebody who’d hung around for decades—from the first delegation to the Soviet Hell in the early thirties, to an active career as an elder sage that ended only with his death at 101. I suppose now I shall have to think seriously about that graduate education in global whatsit and foreign relations. The baton passes.

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    Alas, that the Brooklyn Half Marathon was such a pain in the arse. I admire your stamina, though, and your respectable ranking despite all.

    By visiting Ocean Parkway, you are now in a position fully to appreciate Allan Sherman’s “Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max, My Boy,” which is set on that thoroughfare. But did you see Manhattan Beach, where all the swells once hung out?

    Mr. Kennan’s obit filled me with sorrow and pity: here was a man with ideas that were too much trouble to grasp, so let’s dumb ‘em down for working purposes. A harbinger of the Sound Bite Age.

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