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Monthly Archives: November, 2017

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, WHOMEVER YOU ARE

AN OLDER relative used to sit us down at holiday time and tell us family tales. He invariably prefaced them with, “Now listen carefully, because some of the things I’m … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

XI JINPING—MAKING CHINA GREAT AGAIN

“SPOKE TO President Xi of China to congratulate him on his extraordinary elevation.” This, from his American counterpart, Donald Trump, reacting to actions of the 2017 Communist Party Congress that … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

HOW LUIS BUÑUEL PREPARES ME FOR DONALD TRUMP

LUIS BUÑUEL, Spain-born Mexican filmmaker, was the father of cinematic Surrealism, a genre that attracted me during my Cleveland art-theatre 20s. And just two days ago, Daughter Suz and I … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

CELEBRATING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PART 2

BY THE 1870s, the Associated Press had expanded considerably from five New York City daily papers protecting themselves against a potential telegraph monopoly on news. Today, we pick up the … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PART 1

DESPITE PRESIDENTIAL carping to the contrary, I trust the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg, and even a “failing” newspaper like The New York Times, or “Jeff Bezos’s” The Washington Post. … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

ON BEING RORSCHACHED AND OTHERWISE TESTED

IN THIRD Grade, I had a Rorschach. No, my mother didn’t have me tested. The Cleveland Board of Education did, as part of its innovative Major Work Class, a kinda … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

LAUGHING OUT LOUD

WHAT WITH one thing and another there days, I still laugh out loud now and then. This is more than just a chortle with schadenfreude, albeit internally, over some foible … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment