Welcome to my renamed blog and newly designed website. It is the main entrance to my collection of published work of many years, with separate portals for political and social commentary and analysis, literary reviews, fiction and blog posts, now organized and accessible. The snippets on the front page, which change at each viewing, will … read more »
Bunkum has been one of the perils of democracy at least since Cleon and Alcibiades. Here is a good reminder of its history in the US, by historian Joanne Freeman: The Long History of Political Idiocy – The New York Times.
A Silicon Valley mogul wants to solve the global refugee crisis by creating a new country – The Washington Post It’s a bad idea, but at least it’s an idea! The European Union isn’t even daring to think about the problem. OK, so a new country for hundreds of thousands of dissimilar people — and … read more »
Here is a postscript to my earlier note on Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Migration Series’ at MoMA, which I discussed too briefly in a post on June 24. If you can, do see this marvelous show before it closes on September 7. Barry Memett‘s thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir includes a delightful portrait of Lawrence, a kind and … read more »
We were sadly surprised a few days ago to learn that a dear friend and comrade, the architect Perry Winston, has left us. It will be hard to carry on without his contributions, his teaching of students in various continents to be better and more socially responsible architects and, especially, his work with communities to … read more »