More on the Wealth Tax

Friday, 27 June 2014, 9:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of postscripts to the last post, to try to answer the question why it would be such a bad thing for money to lose part of its meaning as naming the difference between the benefits provided to the public by the possessor of the money, and the benefits received by the possessor from […]

What Piketty Leaves Out

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 13:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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The more money a very rich person has, the smaller the percentage of his or her wealth such a person can actually spend and consume. You can’t eat a hundred meals at once or drive a hundred cars at once or get a hundred PhDs. So the wealth has to go somewhere, i.e. to other […]

Maybe Obama Should Go to Tehran

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 12:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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Maybe President Obama should take a leaf out of Nixon’s book and go to Iran. That would really dish Putin, put Iran in charge of our mess in the Middle East, and get Iraq off our hands. It would also mean supporting an imperfect but fairly stable democracy rather than having to choose either military […]

An Exciting Symposium on JFK and Dallas

Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 10:54 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m going to be participating with the likes of Jim Lehrer, Richard Rodriguez, Lee Cullum, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Krys Boyd and other luminaries in a very promising day-long symposium in Dallas on November 2. It will be held in the Southside Ballroom (1135 S. Lamar, Dallas), 10am-4:30 pm. The basic focus will be on the […]

Are You Stupid?

Thursday, 18 July 2013, 9:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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My brilliant friend Mihai Nadin has a new book, Are You Stupid? ( www.areyoustupid.us), that promises some fireworks.

Epic Is In Print

At last my big book on the epics of the world is out: EPIC: FORM, CONTENT, AND HISTORY. Transaction Publishers have done a nice job with it. Virgil Nemoianu, literary scholar extraordinaire and past President of the International Comparative Literature Associations, says “it is the best study ever composed about this foundational literary genre” and […]

Poems from the Galapagos

Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 9:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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A Voyage to the Encantadas Frederick Turner 7/14/12 On the March Old travelers can never quite distinguish The little death of parting from the great. What am I doing, crossing half the world Again, as if I weren’t sixty-eight? I played in bombed-out houses as a boy, Remember sirens from the V-1 blitz. Those wars […]

The New Nile: Now in Arabic

Friday, 15 June 2012, 12:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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The prizewinning Egyptian poet Sayed Gouda has translated my poem “The New Nile: Homage to the Egyptian Revolution” into Arabic. It can be found on p. 29 of the current issue of Tanja, the leading Egyptian cultural journal (http://www.aladabia.net/pdf/pdf41.pdf or http://www.aladabia.net/pdf41/). Also on Gouda’s own excellent English-language website, http://www.arabicnadwah.com/englishpoets/turner-nile-En-Ar.htm. Here is the poem in English: […]

Help!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 10:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Can anyone suggest a journal or magazine that might be interested in publishing a review of Julia Budenz’s great poem The Gardens of Flora Baum? Also, I’d like to review Joseph Salemi’s brilliant and scorchingly satirical new book of poetry, Steel Masks.

Time is not an independent variable

Monday, 30 April 2012, 14:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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My brilliant friend Mihai Nadin asked me a question the other day: TIME IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT VARIABLE—what does it mean? It is a new topic, and I am deeply interested in what it might mean. Here is my reply: I think it may be an elegant way of saying that time is not Newton’s […]