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

Carpe Diem: 2018.04.13 ATLAS  SMUDGED

Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Clods and Clowns, announced today that he will not seek reelection to his congressional seat. He intends, he says with a straight face

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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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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


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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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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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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