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

Carpe Diem: 2018.03.17 THE TRUMP REICH

Hauptsturmfurher Sessions

I know that we are not supposed to overdo making allusions and comparisons of the Trump administration to that of Adolf Hitler, but day by day Herr Drumpf seems to be inexorably

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Carpe Diem: 2018.03.07 EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE ONE; RIGHT, OR WRONG?

Author and his friend, the Xiezhi (Shee ay gier), Ming Tombs, Beijing (1991)

 It was nearly three decades that I first met the Xiezhi outside Beijing.  The one in this

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Carpe Diem: 2018.02.16 Gong Xi Fa Cai

HAPPY YEAR OF THE DOG

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)

V088-03_RJohnston

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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Vol.104.3: JEBBIES SNATCHING SOULS: A MULTIPLE MOVIE REVIEW

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

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