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

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 Read More

Vol.103.1: GRAND DECEPTION 05.11.2017

From the beginning of his campaign a lot has been made of Donald Trump’s stupidity. Some might say “stupid like a fox” but there is no doubt the man is an ignoramus as are most people who Read More

Vol.102.4: Bye, Bye, Barry

Goodbye Barry,

I have written nearly two dozen pieces about you and your presidency in these pages. But this is the first (and probably last) addressed directly to you. Like a lot of liberal-progressives Read More

Vol.102.1: ON MEDIA


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 Read More


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 Read More



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 Read More



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 Read More



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 Read More

Vol.100.1: CultRev 2.0? 4.29.2016

Xi Zedong

© UrbisMedia. Wow! He looks good in the old Great Helmsman’s hair-do.   Or I’m getting damn good at Photoshop.

I have been reading with mixed emotions about the recent disappearances of Read More

Vol.99.8: The Law is an Ass

scale of justice

There is a reason that there are so many lawyer jokes, several equating them to sharks or other rapacious critters; that lawyers figure way down in admired professions and; that so many politicians Read More