Halloween in the Empire
On reading Google news this morning...
House approves $87 billionfor Iraq, AfghanistanCNN
Hey, if the U.S. is now an empire like the leftists say, shouldn't we
be making money from our colonies…
War of Ideas
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently declared a "war of
Here is some background-- notes made to help clarify my own thoughts.
Today, the 22nd "Socialist International Conference," held ev…
Today is the feast day ofSaint Joseph Pulitzer,who died on October 29,
In his memory, here are two links:
A Columbia Journalism Review articleon the Indymedia movement, and the
movement's own sit…
In Memory of Soong Mayling
Dissing Dissent:In White House actions, a troubling echo of life in
communist ChinaBy Liu Baifang
This is from the well-organized leftist sitehttp://indymedia.org/.
"Any American who tries to go beyond 'America good, terrorists evil,'
who tries to understand — not condone — the growing world backlash
against the United States, faces furious attacks delivered in a tone …
Dream of Heaven, continued
"...I am going up the hill on the grass behind juniper trees birches
the road dusty she is coming up the other side yes there she is look it
is who is it not Berty no Molly no a girl with red …
Dream of Heaven
"Heaven is a state, a sort ofmetaphysical state."
— John O'Hara,Hope of Heaven, 1938
"Frère Jacques, Cuernavaca,ach du lieber August."
— John O'Hara, Hope of Heaven Frère Jacquesis a "canon à
Long Time Gone
Today's hymn from KHYI, Plano, Texas...(played at 11:15 AM Sunday,
They got money but they don't got Cash;They got Junior but they don't
From the album Real Time,by Tim O'Brien and Darre…
ART WARS for
Part I:Symbols From my entry of July 26, 2003, in memoryof Marathon Man
director John Schlesinger:
Bright Star and Dark Lady "Mexico is a solar country -- but it is also
Rummy, here's your"war of ideas" —The Hunt
for Red October
Today is the anniversary of the triumph of Lenin in the October
General background on the two sides:
News Politics Conservative P…
War of Ideas
Toby Zieglerof West Wing Click on the above picture formy Aug. 17,
A Thorny Crown of Ideas.
Rumsfeld Suggests New Agencyfor 'War of Ideas'
Friday, October 24, 2003 12:50 a.m. ET
For St. Gwen Verdon:
From Daily Quotational Lattice:
The story of the day is "Dance in America," about a dancer who has
dinner with some friends. Take note if you're a dancer: Ariel, a bona
Happy Birthday, Arthur Miller
Miller, the author of "The Crucible," is what Russell Baker has called
a "tribal storyteller."
From an essay by Baker in The New York Review of Books, issue dated
November 6, 2003 (Fortiet…
Cursing the Darkness
From my entries on this date last year...
"...we shall this day light such a candle in England as I trust by
God's grace shall never be put out."
Thought for today:
Render unto Rome that which is…
The One Culture
Today's birthdays:Friedrich Nietzsche and C. P. Snow.
The Two Cultures Today, by Roger Kimball, which begins with a quotation
"It is not a question of annihilatin…
Saint Leonard's Day
From a review of Leonard Bernstein's 1973 Norton lectures at Harvard:
The truly emblematic twentieth-century composer is Mahler, whose
attempts to relinquish tonality are reluctant and incomplete,…
For Patricia Collinge
of Collinge-Pickman Casting, Boston, whose credits include casting for
the film A Civil Action.
"Take us the foxes, the little foxes..."
KHYI just played Tish Hinojosa's "Something in the Rain.…
The Mysterious West
Thanks again to KHYI, Plano, Texas, for great poetry. In tonight's KHYI
From Spike and Jamie:
WAIT A WHILE AND YOU'LL GROW OLDER;NEVER MIND WHAT THE OLD FOLKS SAY.
JUST KEEP AN ANGEL …
As the president of Harvard has pointed out, many have found good
reasons recently to become anti-Semites. Here are three good reasons to
Jordan Ellenberg's course on Numbers, Equation…
To hear a story, or to read it straight through from start to finish,
is to travel along a one-dimensional line. A well-structured story has,
however, more than one dimension.
Juxtaposing scenes shows that d…
The West Wing'sStory Line
From USATODAY.com, Oct. 9, 2003:
News analysis by Judy Keen, USA TODAY
Posted 10/9/2003 9:40 PM Updated 10/9/2003 9:42 PM WASHINGTON —
President Bush's fierce defense Thursday of th…
"Fair and Balanced"? "Schwarzenegger made a
lot of promises that we
know are lies," Bob Mulholland, the campaign adviser to the California
Democratic Party, said today. "And now he's going to find out that …
ART WARS:Judgment Day
"...Mondrian and Malevich are not discussing canvas or pigment or
graphite or any other form of matter. They are talking about Being or
Mind or Spirit. From their point of view, the grid is a sta…
Born on this date:Producer Joshua Logan.
March 9, 1975:Broadway Tribute to Joshua Logan
March 9, 2000:Is Nothing Sacred?
"Of course there is nothing afterwards."-- Thoughts of a dying man in
Nabokov's The Gift
At Mount Sinai:Art Theory for Yom Kippur
From the New York Times of Sunday, October 5, 2003 (the day that Yom
Kippur begins at sunset):
"Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, whose interpretations of religious law helped
Meditation for the High Holy Days:
Noble Lies or Criminal Fraud?
On Noble Lies:
"Leo Strauss, who for many years taught an esoteric reading of Plato at
the University of Chicago, believed that an educated elite could …