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

Vol.102.1: ON MEDIA

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November 9 was an epiphany day for me in some ways. I have not watched a news program, MSNBC, or listed to an NPR or PBS broadcast since that day. I do read some selective sources just keep up

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Vol.101.7: NOTHING IS FOREVER

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Several of my correspondents have communicated to me that, like me, they have desisted in their use of media since November 9. One has even taken to tossing her newspaper directly from doorstep

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Vol.101.6: THE UGLY AMERICAN REDUX

BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

I have travelled to over seventy countries, explored hundreds of cities and spent years living abroad in England, France and Hong Kong, enough to confer some understanding of what foreigners think

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Vol.101.5: MEIN DRUMPF

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Growing up in the years immediately following the end of WWII I came to not only wonder how an evil country like Nazi Germany that followed a minster like Adolf Hitler could come into being. My

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Vol.101.4: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION   a reprise of 5.20.2010

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Preamble: Less than two weeks before a Clinton or a Trump presidency I went back to take a look at how I was feeling about American politics and the electoral system in the first Obama administration

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Vol.101.3: HONG KONG IN WWII, a review essay

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            Japanese troops parade in Queen’s Road, Victoria, Hong Kong , December 1941

CONCERTO, a novel by Elizabeth Darrell (1993);

THE PIANO TEACHER, A NOVEL, by Janice

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Vol.101.2: THE LOST PAINTING, by Jonathan Harr (2006) BR

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Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ (1602) oil on canvas (52.6 in × 66.7 in) National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Owing to my concentration

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Vol.101.1: Ban the Burqa! Interdisez the Runway!  

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The French are into their current version of l’affaire Dreyfus, having recently come up with a law banning the “burkina,” or the bathing costume designed for Muslim women to

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Vol.100.8: THE HERO COMPLEX

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Many years ago I remember a relative of mine joined a volunteer fire brigade. He would have preferred to be a member of a regular fire department, but the suburban township in which he lived could

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Vol.100.7: SYNCH or SWIM: My Olympic Dream

 

This essay reprises the story of Jim’s bid to represent his country in the 2004 Olympics. He is now considering selling his collection of Wayne Newton albums to finance a bid to join the Chinese team at the games in Rio.

Standing on that podium, hearing the refrains of the National Anthem, Old Glory rising up in the middle – the Gold Medal position – this has long been Jim’s dream. A chance to compete, to excel

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