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.106.4: 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

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It’s that time of the year again; time for Zu-Zu’s petals.

But first, a few words on a Read More

Vol.100.3: GORILLA LIVES MATTER

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      Don’t shoot! I’m white 

Since it has been all over the media everyone must have some awareness of the incident at he Cincinnati Zoo of the 4-yr-old boy who fell or jumped himself Read More

Vol.98.9: AFTERLIFE OF A YUM YUM GIRL

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It only took me a couple of minutes to discern that she had not even read my book. The attractive, business-suited Chinese woman sitting across from me at the Pacific Coffee in Hong Kong represented Read More

Vol.98.7: ANATOMY OF A MOVIE

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I loaded my CD of Soldier of Fortune again the other night. It certainly is not a movie of much renown, certainly on nobody’s “great films” list, not even mine for that matter. But Read More

Vol.98.2: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, Part 2

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The crucified Yeshua bar Yusef had no idea (unless, of course, he really was the resurrected son of God, in which case he would have known) that he would be “Hellenized” into Jesus Christ, Read More

Vol.98.1: The Greatest Show on Earth

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In a description I wrote of a character I created for my novel of coming of age Catholic, Stumbling Blocks & Stepping Stones, Nicola D’Annunzio, I characterized his sense Read More

Vol.104.3: A MEDITATION ON GOING TO MARS (Re-Post)

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Recently I posted a piece about “beauty” and asked if my readers had some thoughts on the subject.  I did receive a few in email and comments, but not a lot.  I was Read More

Vol.93.4: THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS [MR]

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In the final scene of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky (1990), Paul Bowles, the author of the original story is seated in a Tangier café where he greets Kit Moresby (Debra Winger), Read More

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