A Gentrified Little Town Goes to Pot
A letter written in the night by a lost soul to his imaginary friends about how a working-class town was gentrified and went to pot just as the letter writer did.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
What Are We Working For "At Eternity's Gate"?
The painter Julian Schnabel's extraordinarily moving film about Vincent Van Gogh evokes the author's meditation on working, painting, writing, and living in a society of economic and human exploitation.
A Spiritual Special Ops Team's Christmas Gift
Far away from the news of the day, yet far more significant and inspiring,a court hearing was held in Georgia last month for seven Catholic anti-war activists who on April 4, 2018 entered the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to Trident nuclear submarines, and poured their own blood to warn us that we must resist the nuclear madness that our government is prepared to unleash with its first strike policy.
Thursday, December 6, 2018(6 comments)
Sometimes A Pair of Pants Can Give You Vertigo
Repeating the same reactive political words in the same way will not change our world for the better. We need a new approach if we hope to emerge from the desolation so many feel at the distance between a world moving toward disaster and our desires for peace and justice.
Monday, October 29, 2018(7 comments)
The Apocalypse Not Now
While on the road and far from home, the writer has an encounter on a bench with a homeless man who teaches him a lesson hard to learn:that life is a gift.
John McCain as Metaphoric Myth
The apotheosis of John McCain is part of an old myth-making process that has deep roots in American history. McCain follows in a long line of bloodthirsty warmongers who are part of the American pantheon. His story is told within the larger frame of the American myth that the US is God's country and the American people God's people. It is the American religion ...
A Writer's Last Port of Call: V.S. Naipaul
In "The Enigma of Arrival" the recently departed writer, V.S. Naipul, wrote a masterpiece that explores, through his own journey, the existential journey that is everyone's fate today.
Monday, August 6, 2018(20 comments)
The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
To clearly contemplate the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fire bombings of Japanese cities is to realize that American leaders have a long history of diabolic behavior that must be faced if the U.S. has any chance of redemption. Such behavior is ongoing.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
By the Lake
A poem about the fads and foibles of life in the United States, where so many middle- and upper-class women are so tense and confused that they will purchase any remedy in the co-op supermarket of esoteric New Age religion without grasping the underlying cause of their stress.
A poem that speaks for itself and needs no description.
Saturday, June 23, 2018(12 comments)
Slow Suicide and the Abandonment of the World
While the tragic subject of suicide has recently received media attention, it will fade from view as do all media events. All the while, the subject of slow suicide - killing one's soul by the gradual retreat into conventional madness - a much larger matter, receives scant attention. This essay addresses that.
Monday, June 11, 2018(1 comments)
A poem about a certain way of looking that turns the world and us inside out.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Boston Globe's Hit Piece on the Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Effective propaganda must be both subtle and direct and depends on the reader's ignorance of the agenda and work of the expert being cited to bolster a case. The Boston Globe has put this all together in an article that is an excellent example effective propaganda. This critique exposes the invisible hand at work.