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


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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Carpe Diem: 2017.11.09 HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU

As I write this I can raise my sight to a California Autumn sky over the Pacific with a carpet of incandescent orange-red clouds that would have sent JMW Turner running to his paintbrushes, or

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Carpe Diem: 2017.11.02 BACK WITH THE WIND

  General John “Beauregard” Kelly 

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state. Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where

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Vol.104.1: GOD’S MOVIES (Part 1)

Because my father possessed an 8mm print one of my earliest and favorite films was Chaplin’s 1917 Mutual Easy Street. The short silent begins

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Carpe Diem: 2017.10.24 CALL OF DOO-DOO

If you don’t support the war, you don’t support the troops. Questioning why they died tarnishes their loss. Questioning their loss questions your patriotism.

Ever since we did not have surrender

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