Party of the Uncertain

"If there were a party of those who aren't sure they're right, I'd belong to it." Albert Camus

“when life is the task…”

I recognize the humor of posting a criticism of haste when the United States Congress, through prolonged deliberation and incompetence, has shutdown the government.  Even though Congress’s tasks are urgent, … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Land and Palestine

I cannot believe how hot the “Holy Land” is. Not just the heat, the climate and the environment was such a surprise to me while I was in Israel and … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Confronting the Unacceptable

Still think the war on drugs is a good idea– and that it doesn’t contribute to a variety of police and judicial abuses? Still think the 4th Amendment’s protections against … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Corpse Flower and Bataille

Despite humidity and a frustrating lack of parking, I made my way to see the Amorphophallus Titanum (the “mishapen giant phallus”) or the “Corpse Flower” at the United States Botanic … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Very Preliminary Hypothesis on Cinema

It dawned on me last night after I’d finished viewing Max Ophuls’ award-winning La Ronde (1950)* that we’d probably have to deal with far fewer stupid films if sex weren’t … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

What I saw in Palestine

I saw a wall being constructed.  It tore up the earth and divided people from one another; it divided potential friends from each other and families from their ancestral land.  … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Simple Phrases, Deceptively Simple Hopes

I recently came across a beautiful line, courtesy of Yury Trifonov (and translator Helen P. Burlingame). Describing a gardener’s efforts to maintain his patch of dahlias and irises and lilacs … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment