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

Vol.107. 1: LADY’S OF PARIS

 

There have been several Quasimodos, even a cute Disney animated version. The best known were played by Lon Chaney Charles Laughton, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Hopkins. The movie lore is that Read More

Vol.106.7: CONFESSIONS OF A COLLEGIATE CHEATER

It has been nearly sixty years of carrying around the guilt of it.  Me, a (now emeritus) professor, an academic cheater, one who has committed the mortal sin of academe.  (You were already Read More

Vol.106.6: The Salvatore Corollary [Revisited]

Roman keyhole toilets in a restroom with mosaic floors. Piazza Armarina, Sicily ©1992 UrbisMedia

Since we are on this subject . . .

I can still hear Sal’s hoarse voice as we stood side by side at urinals at a rest stop on the Italian Autostrada: “Makeh pisshata, makeh pisshata,” Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.03.26 Say no toilet; see no toilet; smell no toilet

These three young Chinese girls have already mastered the trench squat that is the defacatory posture in much of the world.  Readers of these pages will recognize that, owing to my years escorting Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.02.13 Up Against the Wall

Vol.106.5: LAST BREXIT TO ALBION

Remember that old saying about “the sun never sets on the British Empire”?  It was true once.  But it hasn’t been for a long time and the apt saying today is that the sun has set on the Read More

Vol.106.4: PHOOEY ON FANTASY-AGAIN!

 

Since I first wrote this essay it has obviously done nothing to reduce the scourge of fantasy films.  They continue to pour out of Hollywood and elsewhere to thrill video gamers and anyone Read More

Carpe Diem: 2019.02.06 OINK!

Vol.106.3: GOLD, FRANKINCENSE AND ZU-ZU’S PETALS [MR] Reprise of 12. 3.2006

An angel gets his wings                                  ©RKO Pictures

It’s that time of the year again; time for Zu-Zu’s petals.

But first, a few words on a Read More

Carpe Diem: 2018.12.19 FELICITOUS WINTER SOLSTICE


YES, IT IS THE SALUTATION OF THE PAGAN, THE INFIDEL, THE HEATHEN, THE ATHEISTIC  THAT DOES
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