Acquaintance of ours, put-off by the male...

A FEMALE

September 02, 1992

A FEMALE acquaintance of ours, put-off by the male characterization of women as slaves to the shopping mall, was quite amused by the pre-game scene at the baseball store inside the B&O warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The place was packed, the prices were high and nearly everybody in the place was a male -- with a shopping bag under his arm. "Ha," she observed, "this is nothing more than a shopping mall for men."

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WHILE Bill Clinton was down south trying to out-Bubba the ersatz Texan George Bush, one of the reporters traveling with him employed some imagery that was more suited to the upscale precincts of Connecticut where the president really hails from.

David Shribman, writing from Memphis, the country-music capital, in the Wall Street Journal turned out this lead to an analysis of Mr. Clinton's campaigning style:

"The political artistry of Bill Clinton comes in two versions -- the post-modernist, when the Arkansas governor speaks in bold terms and sketches his vision in primary colors, and the impressionist, when he shows his skills in shading."

That's an elegant way of saying that Mr. Clinton indulges -- as all politicians including Mr. Bush do -- in glittering generalizations and fuzzy details. There are other schools of artists they might emulate, though, like for example the American realists.

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