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Column One: Our houses, our selves

posted: 09/14/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

It's an old saying: First we shape our buildings, then they shape us. But like many old sayings, it may be more pat than true. It may sound like a great tribute to the power and influence of architecture in our lives, but it's too neat. It sounds too much like an insight to be one.

Columnists: No exit from history

posted: 09/11/2014 5:03 a.m. Comment 1

Strange the bits of conversation you'll overhear in passing. And that will stick in the memory for years. This fragment came from a lady talking about a book she'd just read about the war in Iraq. She liked it an awful lot. Stayed up reading it till the early hours of the morning. Then I thought I heard her say, "Seventeen lost in one day. It was the worst loss in American history."

Columnists: Against certainty

posted: 09/10/2014 3:33 a.m. Comments 4

Man cannot bear too much uncertainty. We like our problems spelled out as clearly as possible, the choices before us arranged neatly, maybe with little boxes beside each to check For and Against, for nothing seems to frustrate us like being handed an indeterminate sentence and told to persevere. As patience runs out, making a bad decision may come to seem better than making none at all. At least it would end the suspense.

Column One: A stillness in the city

posted: 09/07/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Just a few blocks away from Little Rock's snaggle-toothed skyline, its intersecting interstates and rush-hour traffic, an island of respite opens in the middle of downtown. It's an exhibit of photographs taken between 1995 and 2012 in and around sleepy little Wilmot (Pop. 550) down in Ashley County. That's in L.A., or Lower Arkansas, the southernmost part of the state, which is about as Southern as it gets.

Columnists: Letters from the editor

posted: 09/03/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Dear Critic, It was wholly a pleasure to get your brief email objecting to my habit of speaking highly of Robert E. Lee, for criticism is welcome in this shop. How else would I fill up a column like this one?

Column One: A labor of love

posted: 08/31/2014 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

On this Labor Day weekend, like most Americans, I come to praise labor, not indulge in it. Has there ever been a people that speechified more about the joys and satisfactions of work and the work ethic, yet was so enamored of labor-saving devices?

Columnists: 50 ways to beat the heat

posted: 08/27/2014 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

Happily, this has been the summer that wasn't in Arkansas. Between the rains in July and the cool spells that came with it, followed by a some remarkably temperate weather in August--in August! in Arkansas!--it's been a surprising summer. Also refreshing, delightful, and generally a pleasure.

Column One: In the news

posted: 08/24/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

The indispensable In the News column on the front page continues to offer its daily mix of the amusing and appalling, sometimes in the same concise item, always just one (1) sentence in length. Which must take some inspired editing. The spice and variety of its offerings are a kind of dim sum for the mind. Every day. Consider this one tidbit, which the column served up without editorial comment:

Columnists: Two for one

posted: 08/20/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in last Wednesday's edition of the New York Times, and it deserved to. Like so many American images and voices in our vast celluloid memory bank, she may have been more familiar than famous--if the definition of fame has something to do with greatness rather than just exposure.

Column One: Down here on a visit

posted: 08/17/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

It was one of those faux Ye Old English Tea Shoppes serving tidbits as inauthentic as its spelling and typography, neither of which would have passed muster in Shakespeare's first folio. But any port in the downpour outside, and there wasn't a Chinese restaurant in sight, my usual island of serenity in a passing storm.

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