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THE WOMAN AT THE CHARDIN STILL LIFE A FABLE

    Though the paintings in our small town’s only art museum seldom rose above the level...

theater
Dramatized Version of “Sense and Sensibility” at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Jane Austen's first novel,"Sense and Sensibility,"  follows the romantic lives of two sisters of markedly...

movies
Robert Bresson’s Poem of Despair: “The Devil Probably.”

I have recently seen again  the late Robert Bresson's penultimate film "Le diable probablement" (The Devi...

books
Two Fine Books on Eric Rohmer

I cannot remember when I first saw an Eric Rohmer film nor which one it was.  Over time, though, I have s...

television
Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix

I had Marvel's Daredevil on my Netflix watch list for a long time, but for some reason didn't pull the tri...

civilsociety
A Different Take on Evangelicals and Race: Marxism

Race and faith in America have a checkered past; specifically the Christian faith. Many conservative Chris...

music
Album Review: The Fringe

In case you haven't heard, a new power trio just released their eponymous first CD: The Fringe. The band c...

hollywood
Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society”

This latest Woody Allen flick is sort of an anthology of many of his themes and preoccupations:  a comica...

civilsociety
I Wonder How Many People Have Been Killed Because of This Image?

I woke up to this headline this morning: "Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 dead at Flo...

theater
“District Merchants” by Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner's new play--currently being performed at the Folger Shakespeare Library--takes a central plot...

books
“Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections” by Stephen Prothero

Boston University Professor Prothero's history of culture wars in the U.S. is both informative and tendent...

movies
Movie Machinations

The Great Game (Le grand jeu), directed by Nicolas Pariser, is a French thriller, that relates the politi...

manners-and-morals
A.C. Green: Iron Virgin

I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and also raised a passionate L.A. sports fan, which include...

theater
“Phaeton” by Michael Milligan

Phaeton  is unusual for a contemporary play for two reasons:  it is in verse and it welcomely draws upo...

education
Classical Education: Hope for America’s Future

About five or six years ago classical education meant as much to me as it probably means to many of you re...

philosophy
Journey to the West

The  Constellation Theatre Company has staged many tales of of mythology and fantasy:  The Arabian Night...

music
Rock Star Prince Dead at 57

If your musical decade was the 1980s this is likely a sad day for you. Prince, who exploded into popular m...

theater
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

In this play by Scott Carpenter and staged by the Washington Stage Guild, Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy,...

music
Where Did All The Rock ‘n’ Roll Go?

If you grew up in the 60s and 70s like I did, you were fortunate to have grown up in the heyday of rock 'n...

politics
Obama in Che Guevara’s Shadow

President Obama "palled around with terrorists" back the day, as Sarah Palin memorably put it back during ...

education
Modern Education Succeeding in Educating Our Youth Out of Their Inheritance

The lament about American education, both its K-12 and higher variety, comes in for its fair share of crit...

philosophy
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Philosophical Idiot

Before you think I call people names, this comes from the title of a piece about smart people who just don...

popularstories
Undying Devotion: The Untold Story of How Nancy Reagan Would Have Taken a Bullet for Her Husband

On March 30, 1981, at 2:25 p.m., President Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton through a side ...

politics
Liberals and Conservatives United: Oppose Trump!

I never thought I'd see such a bonding between the two polar opposites of the political spectrum, but Dona...

uncategorized
Admit it, White People, You Are Racists

In case you didn't know, if you are white, you are a racist. Go ahead and admit it, you racist pig. I didn...

religion
“Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me”

Death has a funny way of relativizing everything. Not long ago I caught a snippet on the Golf Channel of a...

books
“The Relic Master” by Christopher Buckley

This latest yarn by Christopher Buckley is a fun exercise in historical fiction.  The shroud of Turin was...

theater
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Folger Library

All is not well amongst young Athenians. Hermes and Lysander are in love but Hermia's father objects to th...

scitech
Predicting El Niño, and “Climate Change,” Might Be Rocket Science After All

For much of the past year I've been reading headlines in the LA Times (where I was born and raised, so I s...

politics
The Me Myself And I Megyn Kelly Production

The Iowa caucuses are upon us. Every sentient human being who has lived through The Trump Revolution think...

politics-and-policy
Schooling Beck On Trump’s Nullification Promise

Former Fox News Channel broadcaster Glenn Beck, now of The Blaze TV, has been warning theatrically of an i...

music
Glenn Frey Tribute

Rock critics never liked Eagles founder and leader Glenn Frey. They didn’t like The Eagles much either....

movies
If Hillary Clinton is Elected We Will Officially Have a Liar In Chief As Our Next President

My son and I just got back from watching 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film takes place o...

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