Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Carpe Diem: 2018.02.16 Gong Xi Fa Cai


Vol.104.4: RICE BUNNY  (Part 1) 

Chinese tonal rendering of “me, too”

I recently completed a book on the subject of religion. (It will be available soon, so be patient.) I did not, however, begin that book the way another

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Vol.88.3: WITNESSES, a triple BR of: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF CHAIRMAN MAO, by Dr. Li Zhisui (1994); THE MAN WHO STAYED BEHIND, by Sidney Rittenberg (2001]); REGINALD JOHNSTON, by Shiona Airlie (2001)


The benediction “may you live in interesting times” is, of course, an ironic curse. But, so also would be that one should preside over tedious times

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Carpe Diem: 2018.02.12 Kim Jong-arf

If I was to give a name to the squatting canine of this graphic it would be Kim Jong-arf, because as I composed it the thought occurred to me that N. Korea’s dictator seems be dumping on our

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I will argue with anybody that the most theatrical of religious orders is the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits.  Nobody else comes even close, and Hollywood seems to, agree. Elsewhere I have written

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Carpe Diem: 2018.01.13 Sheet Whole

Oh, Yaaaah!, Oh, Yaaaah! People have to say it now, no matter how uncomfortable.  Broadcasters, and commentators, and even other politicians, and diplomats. How do you discuss it without

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Carpe Diem: 2018.01.06 “I am a stable genius.”

Carpe Diem: 2017.12.22 Season’s Greetings

Carpe Diem: 2017.12.07 HONORABLE LOSERS?

This morning Al Franken announced that he is resigning his (“giant of . . .”) Senate seat, two days after John Conyers tripped over his dick. Two seats the politically-sinking Democrats didn’t

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Vol 104.2:   GOD’S MOVIES (Part 2)

                                    ©  Warner Bros, 1973

Nothing in film adds an extra dimension to the willing suspension of disbelief than the religious movie. The supernatural

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