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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Vol.98.1: The Greatest Show on Earth

© 2004, UrbisMedia

© 2004, UrbisMedia

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

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Vol.94.8: A MEDITATION ON GOING TO MARS

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For most of my years Mars was a place inhabited by Martians. Martians were fearsome creatures who were always invading, as in the War of the Worlds example, as those extraterrestrials who wanted

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

© 1999, UrbisMedia-Ltd.

© 1999, UrbisMedia-Ltd.

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)

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Vol.92.3: Dystopia’s Children (a movie review essay)

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I probably come off as a bit of a pest with my insistence to my grandchildren that they need to read more books (and write more, but that’s a subject for another posting).  I am willing to buy

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Vol.91.4: PARIS AND THE PROFESSORS, a Movie Review Essay

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There were seven screenwriters on Casablanca.  Chances are that at least one of them had a romantic experience in Paris that resulted in Bogart’s doleful line to Bergman

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Vol.89.4: CINEMA CHINA, Part 6

© 1974, Paramount Pictures Chinatown, USA

© 1974, Paramount Pictures
Chinatown, USA

[This concludes the Cinema China series]

Chinese often viewed America as the jin shan, “Gold Mountain,” the name

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