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

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)

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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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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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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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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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Vol.103.6: THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR BABYLON

Las Vegas is a fake city, a national casino, whorehouse, and gun show venue founded by organized crime in the desert and dressed up in the icons of real cities. Having no historical renown or other

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Vol.103.5: AMERICA’S PTSD

Ken Burns’ 12-hour Vietnam documentary series is airing this week to great fanfare from PBS, as though the treatment of this controversial war might be finally put to bed by its treatment

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Vol.103.4: FREE SPEECH

I might be doing something wrong—nobody has tried to muzzled me, to shut down Dragon City Journal, although somebody did comment recently that I should just “shut up” (it was gratifying to

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Vol 103.3: ECLIPSE NUMBER TWO

The eclipse is now history, but the thoughts it occasioned are still relevant. So here they are.

Eclipse is a facile metaphor; something gets in the way, blocks something out, obscures what’s

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Vol.103.2: MY NUCLEAR OPTION 08.10.2017

The last nuclear war was a one-sided affair. It was the only nuclear war, the one the USA unleashed on Japan in 1945 to bring the Pacific War to an end. Although they might have killed

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