Impelled toward vigor, we’re demeaned by violence, by nihilistic philistinism, by wishful mysticism, by competing mythologies of those who cooperate only to copulate, by individuality stifled with surveillance and the cynical fratricide of civil war.
So there i was trying to enjoy my udon noodle bowl and read some St. Augustine on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, Wolf Blitzer was there too, and he wouldn’t shut up. So i got to hear the latest updates on the crisis of the moment; insightful stuff too, like how i’m supposed to be […]
I think we all understand that Stacy’s mom has got it going on.
In the final moments of Children of Earth, Captain Jack Harkness – sometime immortal, but really a “fixed point in time and space” – must make a terrible decision: sacrifice his grandson, Steven, in order to channel a transmission and destroy alien invaders. In so doing he will save 10% of the world’s children whom […]
The Norwegian Church is an attractive 100-year old building in Rotherhithe, full of little maritime touches, south of the Thames. Back when London was a busy port, Rotherhithe was one of the main areas of port business. Whistler used to go there in the 1870s and 1880s to draw and paint. Today, it’s a pleasant […]
Let me give you a definition of the word ‘liberal.’…Franklin D. Roosevelt once said…It is a wonderful definition, and I agree with him. ‘A liberal is a man who wants to build bridges over the chasms that separate humanity from a better life.’ – Richard Milhous Nixon Richard Nixon was our last liberal president. – […]
As I’ve noted before, we don’t often do “hey, go read this” posts at S&R. But hey, go read this. …let’s just say that Obama’s continuing insistence on compromising, his continuing faith in bipartisanship despite two and a half years of evidence that these people don’t do compromise and will never make a deal, is […]
We could hear the Mexican radio through the floor above us. Laura and I lived in a basement apartment beneath her boss’s house. Aside from our three little rooms, the rest of the house was suffering heavy renovations. Laura’s boss, a wealthy woman who made her living through an ever-expanding collection of “small” businesses, had […]
So last Thursday I went, by myself, to the post office to buy some stamps. It’s early summer here in New York City. Which means our city weather is in a schizophrenic state, not knowing whether to refresh us with spring breeze or scald us with relentless sweat-stewed heat. On this special day it was […]
When the national anthem is sung, I place my hand over my heart. I didn’t always. But I’m old enough now to appreciate, to be grateful for, what being an American citizen has afforded me. If I wish, I can own a firearm. I can assemble peaceably with others. I can criticize the government. I […]
Last January we expressed some concern about the potential mischief that could arise when Congress had to get around to dealing with the debt ceiling. That was, what, six months ago? As anyone following recent developments in this area knows, this has not been going well. Through an interesting combination of Republican stupidity, mendacity and […]
If there’s a rock and roll heaven, you know they’ve got a hell of a band. – Alan O’Day and Johnny Stevenson British neo-soul superstar Amy Winehouse joined The 27 Club yesterday. If you haven’t heard of this select group, the term refers to all the musicians who have died at the age of 27. […]