Trump’ll take the bump.

“In the sensitive documents, Sir Darroch allegedly voiced fears that the American president could also still attack Iran.” The good “Sir” may be conveniently hiding his country’s motives behind diplomatic ambiguity: Britain likely has a greater interest in attacking Iran than America has. Advertisements

Elm Street

Elm Street has lingered in my mind for as long as I can remember. I can’t recall when it got planted there. After having it in my thoughts for years, rekindled every so often by my mother’s interjections “they’re from Elm Street” about Italians whose origins she knew of, I recently learned that Elm Street … More Elm Street

Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby & The American Dream

Journalists writing about politics too often seem to share the same glossary of offensive unthinking epithets. When one wishes to learn what a politician is doing that might improve public life writers simply revert to their derogatory journalese of racist and sexist. They rarely try to inform readers or television listeners precisely what a politician … More Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby & The American Dream

Russia, Arabia & Israel

Now that President Trump has fulfilled a major but puzzling campaign promise for Jerusalem, I’m reminded of Soviet Russia’s and Saudi Arabia’s  consenting to the establishment of the State of Israel despite the foreboding of some Iraqi Jews back in the 1940’s.

For me the firing or resignation of General Flynn from his National Security post has puzzled me. Recently a search string rekindled that bemusement leading to my learning about a book the general wrote “Field of Fight:..” from which according to an online excerpt of his book suggests the importance of getting into the mind … More

Impressions

Some years ago I examined paintings in Italy, France and England to observe how painting styles had changed from Roman times to the 20’th century. Ancient and medieval wall paintings were elements of architecture that enhanced buildings with images of heroes and actors in religious stories. In the renaissance paintings  in frames diminished paintings’ architectural … More Impressions

Java, Genesis, Insurance

I’ve been reading Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism. This morning a television  news item announced the death of a 146 year old man,our planets oldest person, in a Java village: I couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of years long life spans of most of the major figures in the book of “Genesis”.Doubtless – … More Java, Genesis, Insurance