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

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

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

Vol.106.2 Sex, Sex and (Ho-Hum) More Sex: Sebastian Gerard on Potty-Mouth Literature

I will begin with a little confessional. I decided to take a nom de plume—Sébastian Gerard (you already know who I really am)—back in 2004 when I commenced my first novel Read More

Vol.101.2: Homo Sepia Sapiens

No, it’s not one of my typos.  You read it correctly—Homo Sepia Sapiens.  What the hell is that, you ask ? I don’t blame you; a lot of the things I write provoke a WTF reaction Read More

Vol.106.1: TIME TO GET OUT OF THE DESERT

It has taken a brutal murder by a barbarous people of the Middle Ages to remind us that it is long past time that America, a country with a notorious bad batting average for picking its enemies Read More

Vol.105.7: FLAKEY JUSTICE

Full disclosure: like Brett Cavanaugh I am also an alumnus of a Jesuit high school, although we were not a prissy rich-boy boarding school that produced guys who sexually-assaulted women (maybe Read More

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