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

Vol.107.6: TOWARD A PROPER EXPLETIVE (a reprise)

Back in 2006 there was the Michael Richards incident. Since I never watched Seinfeld, I had no idea who Read More


In obvious deference to the widespread civil disturbances in America’s cities ignited this time by the heinous murder of African-American George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Force, Read More


The pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong refer to their police as the “po-po,” a rather innocent-sounding sobriquet for a force that has unfortunately transmogrified into a militarily outfitted Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.05.31 Pandemic Inklings

Disgust and Dissolution in the Time of Covid

I don’t like waking up each day with feelings of contempt for my own country. About four decades ago I quietly dumped (when I did my last “Easter Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.05.20 Pandemic Inklings

What Do They Want?

It is ironic that in the Martian invasion that took place in the original War of the Worlds scenario the invaders were vanquished by a human virus-like the coronavirus Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.05.15 PANDEMIC INKLINGS

ICUs (Immigrant Care Units)

The face mask and the plastic face shield do not obscure the fact that the nurse speaking with and anxious voice into the camera, as an occupied gurney festooned with dangling Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.04.12 HE IS RISEN (AGAIN)

I was unable to decide from among three possible illustrations.  But since they pandemicly paradoxical, and hopefully will be topically irrelevant next year, I have decided Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.04.06 PANDEMIC NOTES 2

Thoughts and prayers

Today, my pandemic penses turns to that notorious American affectation in times of crisis—thoughts and prayers. Americans love to send out their thoughts and prayers Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.04.01 2020 PANDEMIC NOTES 1


I happen to be one of those people who do not believe that everything that happens happens for a reason. But I do believe that it is very easy to come Read More

Vol.107.3: PANDEMIC!!!

The novel coronavirus has provided me with the time and recommended social isolation to return to a subject that has interested me from my boyhood days. Call me wacky, weird, or wonderful, but Read More