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A Retro Culture
30.01.

Almost everybody in New York these days in the Arts and out of them talks about America with disbelief and dismay the retro culture if they talk about United States as having a culture at all.
If one is in the theatre one sees the skein of revivals on Broadway, the niche smaller theaters putting up their versions of anybody from Aeschylus to Sam Shepard, playwrights who have finished their careers, are now either classical or of no interest and utility whatsoever.
Classical music has been running retro culture since the 1890s; its repertory seems to have been ...

The Ottawa Imbroglio
30.01.

An intriguing conference was held last year in the posh suburbs north of Ottawa City last month by some of the most formidable scientists and mathematicians of the world. They included Einstein, Kepler, von Neumann, Archimedes, Reimann, Hawking, and Planck.
For some reason he declined to explicate Ari included as well Moses Maimonides and Thomas Jefferson. He invited, as it were, innumerable scientists from other species that had developed intelligence on the Earth aeons ago which included seven varieties of saurian civilizations and two arthropod worlds of which I must confess I know nothing.
There were also several ...

The Hell Of The American Arts
30.01.

Pandemonium is a city in Hell; many writers have wandered through the town enough to describe both its architecture and who lives there. Milton says it is darkness made visible, and calls its towers and palaces a vanity that in its mimicry of perfection is a subtle but deep parody of Heaven. Turning the famed epigram of Hillel upside down, Hell is a place where people do unto others as they do not want done unto themselves.
Dante says people live in Hell because they want to be there. Shelley claims, Hell is a city much like London. Sartre ...

News As Ritual
29.01.

When does news become a religious rite of passage in which only the names of the bereaved change? I don't know, but it has happened with a gang who share one sort of skin pigmentation beating up or killing a lone victim who has been intrepid enough to take a stroll on their turf.
Mircea Eliade defines myth as a timeless event into which individuals are elevated as details in a history simultaneously in the past and the present. It is also a fair description of trauma and neurosis. On one page the Daily News published three articles on ...

The Advent Of Arnold and Jesse
29.01.

I am going to say anything in this essay that is totally politically incorrect to even odium for most people. I have the right and privilege to do this deed. I am a natural aristocrat living on an ample pension and Social Security in a loose and scrambling republic that never punished anyone for their opinions because they are certain all people and their ideas as well are trivial. As a result all kinds of real issues that plague us are handled with civility by listeners but are never traced as other than the banter of cracker barrel cranks and ...
Bankrupt Education
29.01.

When Does The American Educational System File For Bankruptcy?


When I was a kid I always admired the myth of the federal drug administration. The FDA would not allow a single headache pill to hit the market until it was tested on mice, prisoners, and cats in controlled experiments lasting for years in their clear immense laboratories. only after all the data was sifted by their impeccable and cautious scientists would they allow the headache pill to be bought by an American citizen.
I have since realized that the FDA is one more political ...

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