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

Vol.101.4: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION   a reprise of 5.20.2010

© 2010, UrbisMedia

© 2010, UrbisMedia

 

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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Vol.100.6: VIRAL FASCISM

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Over a decade ago I wrote in these pages at the beginning of the second George W. Bush administration a posting that I titled “Slouching

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Vol.100.5: Willing Suspension of Disbelief, Part 1

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Mel Gibson directing Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ (Icon, 2004)

It should be evident to any readers of these pages over the years that two of my abiding interests are religion and

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Vol.100.4: REVEILLE FOR HYPOCRITES

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Among the rallying cries and slogans for the so-called “Brexit” of the United Kingdom from the European Union this past week was a familiar motto: “Take our country back.” We all know this

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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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