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
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
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
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
All nations with written histories are nations of immigrants. Roman Italy in prose and poetry was depicted as a nation of settlers from Troy, ancient Greece and immigrants from Gall. In post-Roman Italy, German, French, Norman, Hungarian, and Spanish immigrants fashioned its present population. Britain is also a nation of immigrants comprising Danes, ancient Germany’s … More Nations of Immigrants
Henry VII’ 13 year old mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, was born about 1441 or 1443 and celebrated her first wedding on January or February 1444 at one or three years of age. That was then: This is now: We preach against child-marriage abroad. But thousands of American children are wed annually. By Fraidy Reiss February … More “The Times They Are A’Changin'”