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Twitter Needs To End

Yikes, a reader writes:   I have never warmed to Twitter. The premise of an artificially restrictive “platform” for communicating that allows you only a few dozen letters to complete … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fears of freedom in the Great Again

My uncle read this recently, and sent me a note: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/opinion/sunday/millennials-freedom-fear.htmlet “Let me tell you about freedom. It is not a ‘thing’, like Uggs or a new laptop. Freedom is … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Goodbye, Walter

Walter Becker died today. He was 1/2 of Steely Dan, the other half being Donald Fagan, whom I have tickets to see, coincidentally, on the 16th of September, 2017. I … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Debate #1: Winning On Points was Not Enough

What is disturbing about the current presidential campaign season is not that Donald Trump has succeeded with his asinine incompetence and little conception of his utter unsuitability for being president … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brexit! – or – Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face

This just in: “In voting to leave the E.U., it is vital to stress that there is now no need for haste.” –Boris Johnson Two days after Britain voted to … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why Trump is Winning, So Far.

To me, there is one very obvious reason for why Donald Trump has continued to win in the Republican Primaries. People are sick and tired of the doorknobs who are … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Witch Is Dead

Antonin Scalia died yesterday and it is a shock. It is a tragedy for his family and a sad thing in general, when a person of stature well-deserved passes away. … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Buckley vs. Douthat — Intellectual vs. Intellectualist

This post will resonate mainly with those who are avid readers of the New York Times and, perhaps, with those who encounter the columns of Ross Douthat in that newspaper. … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

David

“Wheat kings and pretty things Wait and see what tomorrow brings”   My dear M., You might be fatigued by the megabytes of music from Tiny in your inbox over … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Je suis Charlie, mais …

The murder of the editorial and creative staff of Charlie Hebdo is an almost inconceivably horrible crime. Charlie Hebdo stood undoubtedly for freedom of expression, to take to task everyone … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sony, “The Interview”, and Civility — Mistaking Impertinence for Virtue

There’s rather a lot of self-importance being displayed by all of the people that Frank Bruni mentions this week in his column, who are “sanitizing” their on-line correspondence because Sony Pictures got hacked. “If … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Something About Hillary

In response to the earnest Frank Bruni this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-hillary-2-0-would-be-hillary-xx.html It is fallacious to look at Mrs. Clinton as a woman who has scaled heights unknown to other women in America … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Kind of Poem on “Pachucos At The Pumps” (or was that “Pachuco Leather Punks”?), Hope, and Music

“Beneath the stains of time / The feelings disappear / You are someone else / I am still right here.” . . . I can imagine Trent Reznor writing that on … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fiddle Music from ‘La Belle Provence’ (Canada)

“Dear M., I hope that you’re not yet sick of my transmissions. For I have re-discovered this great Québec group that has this great version of Sur Le Pont D’Avignon, … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ottawa: October 22, 2014

Living in Canada means something very different today than it did before yesterday morning. Not only do I live in Canada, but I live in Ottawa, where yesterday – on … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

My old man and Hank

Charles Bukowski’s empathy showed often enough in his writing, just at the right places, remarkably, that it continually renewed your faith in what he wrote, though I never got the … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Monster Chiller Horror Greenhouse Theatre

The first 25 seconds of this video are just hilariously creepy/funny. Former serial-killer Vitali now grows peppers in his vast, bright white greenhouse, and demonstrates just how he does it … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Snippet Of Dialogue On DSK

A group of moderately successful fiction writers sit around and muse on the circumstances that Dominique Strauss-Kahn allowed to happen that led to his downfall. This fragment of an imaginary script … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Hi hansomm, I wwant your loove”.

According to my inbox today, size matters and I should care. Despite everything, “Natasha” is in love with me and wants me to click on her link to experience her insane desire. … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harper’s

I am reading the “Story” sections in my Harper’s now. I’ve been avoiding them for 2 years, because I was afraid they were too good, or too fictional, or both. … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

India

Got back the day before yesterday. With a 9-hour overnight layover in the Dubai airport, the return home will take a while to overcome, but going to India will stay … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Knight of Nyet

Even more fascinating as a study in delusion than Vladimir Putin’s quest to recreate the power and glory of the Soviet Union, is his Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, the “Knight … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forgiveness and the ‘feng shui’ lady

The feng shui lady told me that I am carrying too much anger, and that people who rub me the wrong way are actually showing me something I don’t like … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Musing On Beauty

It occurred to me as I was watching the Argentina-Switzerland World Cup match that our ability to see colour is not an accident. I wonder if it’s possible to determine … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flowers from Kiev (reconsidered)

There is unnerving power in these photographs. These photographs by Anastasia Taylor-Lind were published in June in the New York Times. They are simple portraits of some of the protesters from February who participated in … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

“This product is crap !”

I went on the Internet to see what others were saying about a camera that I was interested in buying. The first site I visited was, of course, Amazon.com. I … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Molly and the Moorish Wall (and Abstract Expressionism — no, really)

Digging deep into my bag of ideas from before I had the idea of having a blog, who do I find but James Joyce! At the age of 26, I … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Art

You are nominated three times for an Academy Award and win on the fourth nomination. You appear in 50 films and are considered one of the most profound actors of … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brothers, Sisters, Mothers, Fathers …

Dear M, Your brother’s email to you was awful; tactless and crude. As I’m a bit older than you, though not necessarily smarter, I’ll be bold and offer here some … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vladimir, Part 2

Not Your Grandfather’s Smart Phone How is the game different today? I would submit that America and Europe have been better at what seems to be squarely within the blind … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vladimir, Part 1

“Russian forces skillfully employed 21st-century tactics that combined cyberwarfare, an energetic information campaign and the use of highly trained special operation troops in its annexation of Crimea.” – New York … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oscar

I have a real problem with Oscar Pistorius. This is the fellow of 27 who claims that he accidentally shot his girlfriend when he believed he was actually shooting at … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Times we live in (no pun intended)

There’s a lot to say in a first post. It’s not possible to get it all in, of course, especially at this time of night. But the world, for someone … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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