Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

Pumpkin Fun

This is the best pumpkin painting I’ve ever done (the only one for now) and the most fun I’ve had doing it. It’s the fruit of a swell evening of social painting staged here in The Shed Art Studio on … Continue reading

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Military Notes from Down Under

Army Vehicle Disappears An Australian Army vehicle worth $74,000 has gone missing after being painted with camouflage…. From “Military Humor” — Thanks to GP Cox, Pacific Paratrooper! (c) 2019 JMN

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Separate and United

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language.” (George Bernard Shaw) The two countries nowadays are united by a common divisiveness, an internecine feud over their respective futures. This excerpt from the NYTimes* is dated Nov. 18, … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Unum: Relief for a Pedant

… If applied to everyone, “they” would complete the leveling-up progress of equal dignity that “you” started centuries ago. (Teresa M. Bejan, “What Quakers Can Teach Us About the Politics of Pronouns,” NYTimes, 11-16-19) 1. A person has to register … Continue reading

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Latin What?

… Elizabeth Warren… began conducting her outreach to Hispanic voters using the term “Latinx.” (Though she did take a little flack, after the first Democratic debate, for pronouncing it “Latin-X.”) (Ross Douthat, “Liberalism’s Latinx Problem,” NYTimes, 11-5-19) Ross Douthat comments … Continue reading

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Sport Imitates It

(c) 2019 JMN

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Art Hack

In her “Life Hack” exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Rachel Harrison corrals artifacts inside a circle of chairs facing away. Like eat my dust. Irony? Wit? Truculence? Genius? Contempt? Here’s how Holland Carter talks about it: … … Continue reading

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