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MENTION HIS NAME IN ROJAVA…

I’D NEVER HEARD of Murray Bookchin, but this American political theorist and his beliefs are celebrated in Rojava, the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria, and, at one time, in … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAVE YOU DONE AS WELL AS YOUR PARENTS?

IT IS THE hope of parents that their kids will, in some sense, do better than they’ve done. The metric might be wealth, education, status or general happiness. Alas, according … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

CULTURAL TWEETING

IT’S SAID “IF the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In a topsy-turvy version of this, I propose constructing cultural tweets that might … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

RENÉE FLEMING AND SUSAN GRAHAM—DIVA PALS

HERE’S A celebration of two U.S. divas, each beautiful, charming, at ease and amazingly competent in her art. What’s more, the two have been the best of diva pals. Renée … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

A CANINE FAMILY CIRCLE

A FAMILY CIRCLE that was developed at the National Human Genome Research Institute has been called a tour-de-force of Canine lupus familiaris evolution. The most extensive research of its kind … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

TRUMPING THE ARTS

IN MY CONTINUING efforts to relate Donald J. Trump to the arts, and vice versa, today let’s look at operatic characters who bring his personality traits to mind. With several … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

HOW GREEN MY STASH?

MARIJUANA AND ITS non-psychoactive hemp sibling are becoming big business around the world. These are the two species of the genus Cannabis, each originally cultivated in Eurasia 8500 years ago. … Continue reading

May 6, 2017 · Leave a comment