Author Archives: JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.

Hoodie Apocalypse

Tyler, the Creator, 28, started the Camp Flog Gnaw Festival eight years ago in the parking lot of LA’s Nokia Theater. Music is performed, but I found the fashion statements “culturally interesting.” Overall, Camp Flog Gnaw found a way to … Continue reading

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Elderly Rubbish

Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave; … (W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”) Do dictators skew elderly? In 1939: Stalin 61; Mussolini … Continue reading

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“Military Common Sense Rules”

“Aim towards the Enemy.” (Instruction printed on US M79 Rocket Launcher) Salute to GP Cox, Pacific Paratrooper. (c) 2019 JMN

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1910 Ford Model T, 20 horsepower, top speed 40 mph — in any color, as long as it’s white. Henry Ford famously said “black”; however, things are rarely black-and-white except in Magaville. A Wiki-dip discloses the following: In his autobiography, … Continue reading

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De Niro Sr., Artist

I did not know, until encountering this article in The Guardian, that actor Robert De Niro’s father was a professional painter. Born in Syracuse, New York, into an Irish-Italian household, De Niro Sr was a child prodigy. In 1933, aged … Continue reading

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Still Apparently Mum’s Lad

On Friday, the Queen was spotted horse riding with Prince Andrew in the grounds of Windsor in what one royal expert said was an apparent show of support to her second son. Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: … Continue reading

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Roger Cohen writes opinion for the NYTimes, is a naturalized American citizen raised in Britain, and in his own words “a Jew, the son of South African immigrants.” Cohen writes about another naturalized American, Fiona Hill, who emigrated from County … Continue reading

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