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Essays

Jul 17th 2014

Whatever happened to that steely British resolve, that famous Churchillian stiff upper lip?  When did the English become as whiny as we Americans?

Jul 14th 2014

A HuffPost blogger with expertise in publishing suggests there are still 5 reasons to get a de

Jul 10th 2014

The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio.

Jul 9th 2014

This is an Excerpt from my new book 

Jul 5th 2014

Ah for every one step forward two steps backward.

Jul 3rd 2014

Let's be honest. Sure some smart young people who "come to Christ" are deeply sincere.

Jun 30th 2014

Very recently I heard a young Israeli called Yehuda Shaul being interviewed on Radio Ulster.

Jun 26th 2014

A reader has asked me to comment on the poem in Robert Hass’s book titled “Human Wishes” that I discuss in  my essay Robert Hass, poet: Meaning and Form and Pleasure.

Jun 26th 2014

I didn't know who Gerry Goffin was when I was in junior high school, and high school, in the '60s. I listened to AM radio constantly on my new transistor radio, and I knew all the songs on KEWB's weekly Top 20 - so well that sometimes I even called in and won Name It and Claim It.

Jun 23rd 2014

In Iraq, we are witnessing yet again the tremendous harm caused by religious fanaticism.

Jun 23rd 2014

I'd been writing novels and literary nonfiction for twenty years before I dared to write a 

Jun 14th 2014

The reconciliation of science and religion is one of the most compelling tasks confronting religious believers today. For we are truly faced with a pair of hostile, warring camps.

Jun 12th 2014

In 1923, T.S. Eliot wrote that in Ulysses, James Joyce had "arrived at a very singular and perhaps unique literary distinction: the distinction of having, not in a negative but a very positive sense, no style at all. I mean that every sentence Mr.

Jun 4th 2014

MELBOURNE – In New York last month, Christie’s sold $745 million worth of postwar and contemporary art, the highest total that it has ever reached in a single auction.

Jun 1st 2014

The Isla Vista mass murder was a preventable tragedy. It was the destruction of innocent life without need or reason. It is proof, as if more proof were needed, that we are past the time to break the nexus between guns, murder, and mental illness.

May 25th 2014

History is the story of the struggle of the psychologically normal majority of humanity to free ourselves from the tyranny of a psychologically disordered minority who are marked by their innate propensity for violence and greed.

May 22nd 2014

Part I – Watershed Moments

May 20th 2014

While we all rightly celebrate the protections afforded free speech by the First Amendment and are thankful, as President Obama said recently at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, "We really are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a da

May 20th 2014

Born in 1899, Lucio Fontana was an artistic child of the early 20th century: after being classically trained as a sculptor in his father's studio, he experimented with the major movements of his youth, including Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism, as he became a painter.

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