Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Eye in Love

This review treats several films about gay female love. The reviewer is a film maker. Noteworthy for me is her emphasis on the ocular dimension of romantic attraction. The use of “one’s self” instead of “oneself” for the reflexive pronoun … Continue reading

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Gallimaufry

Inauthentical Inadvertency Twitter and Facebook took down numerous accounts internationally for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Twitter disclosed that “email addresses and phone numbers uploaded by users to meet its security requirements may have been ‘inadvertently’ used for advertising purposes.” Trumpical Subjunctivity … Continue reading

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The Macaroni Line

This article is about how a small Texas town near me survived losing its Walmart store. I like it for its local history and photographs. Edna is “a community of about 5,700 people surrounded by rice fields, ranches and grassland.” … Continue reading

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Horseback Love

… The queen’s addresses tend to be broad, anodyne and even a little opaque. “The problem with Yorkie [the Duke of York] is he can be very arrogant and petulant. I think that’s down to insecurity.” [Former palace official] Two … Continue reading

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Degas: Opéra Superfan

This painter who “didn’t like women,” in van Gogh’s estimation, found at the Opéra [de Paris] an arena of desire and depredation that he could translate into pure form — beautiful and stifling, modern and cold. This is the truth … Continue reading

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Transatlantic Harmonies

There are parallels between Conservative “manifesto promises” outlined in this article and actions pursued by American Republicans. … Redrawing constituency boundaries and legislating for voter ID checks, widely understood as locking in Conservative electoral advantage. … Sweeping review of the … Continue reading

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Benjamin Creme

This article introduced me to Scottish artist Benjamin Creme. Mr. Creme, who died in 2016 at 93, was born in Scotland and started painting at age 13. At 16 he dropped out of school to focus on his art… Inspired … Continue reading

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