Creating vs. Translating Poetry

Monday, 8 September 2014, 10:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Creating poetry is very hard at its source, since it means sinking the arms of one’s rationality deep into the tangled, murky and sometimes stinging slough of one’s dreams and creative imagination, and dragging something out. But once one has put in one’s 10,000 hours of work on poetic form, grammar, logic, and rhetoric, shaping […]

The Epic of Clair

Monday, 1 September 2014, 15:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve just read an engaging “Young Adult” long poem about a post-apocalyptic Minnesota-St. Paul in which the consequences of a major economic collapse are imaginatively evoked. The scenario is more convincingly devised than the ones seen in the Hunger Games movies and in Divergent, and it makes room for a fascinating variety of characters and […]

Lies

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 17:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m turning into a sort of connoisseur of lies: the lofty legalistic generalizations of Israeli politicians that skate over the ugly facts of what they are doing, the blatant lies of the terrorists that actually are a kind of boasting, the slick imitations of pious responsible journalism by the toadying Russian press, the amateurish version […]

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 […]