GREED. (The movie, that is. From 1924.)

I am a classic movie fan, which on Twitter would be known as #OldMovieWeirdo. But only just now have I seen a legendary film of the distant past which is ranked among the greatest ever made. 1924 saw the release of the truncated, butchered, surviving version of Erich Von Stroheim’s … Continue reading

The Tragedy of the Oldies Station

Van Morrison’s Virgo Clowns. Janis Joplin’s Down on Me. Melanie’s Candles in the Rain. These are three songs of decades past that come to mind whenever I think about the dismal reality of Oldies Radio in this country. Unfortunately, the reason they come to mind is that they are great … Continue reading

Heal Racial Nightmares by Waking Up

I once wrote an article with the title, “Psychology, Not Politics Drives Human Affairs.” It dealt with something that ought to be obvious, but isn’t – that we spend most of our time dealing with superficial things while ignoring our deeper nature (which drives everything.) We devote our lives to … Continue reading

Robin Williams, After Some Time for Thinking

Even if you weren’t Robin Williams’ biggest fan you could probably appreciate the phenomenon of high speed inventive humor that launched him originally. The imagination of the man was a force of nature. The quickness of it, and the length of time with which he could sustain that rapid unspooling … Continue reading

How About a New Literary Society? (We’re Due.)

It is funny to think of some of the unlikely things that civilization relies on, and could not be civilization without… Sewers. Jails. Pollinating honey bees. Public transportation. …How about this one? Literary fiction. Not books in general, though non-fiction books have obvious importance. Literary fiction stands as the ultimate … Continue reading