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Floris, the last of the Van Barnevelts, has a good story to tell, the satirist Herman Charles Bosman wrote.

The problem is that he mentions his opinion of the local school committee too soon. He knocks the ash out of his pipe at the wrong moment. He insists on telling that part of the story he should have left out. Bosman could have been talking about our current narrative deficits. We are Floris, compatriots. Floris is us...

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