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Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Date that will live in infamy

posted: 12/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

It was only a matter of time. Everybody knew that. The United States was already engaged in an undeclared naval war against Nazi Germany in the North Atlantic and the Battle of Britain, aka the Blitz, had been fought in the skies over London.

Column One: Here's what really counts

posted: 12/04/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

They're still trying to bail themselves out of the devastating floods that overwhelmed our neighbors just across the (state) border down in Louisiana. Talk about wiped out: The Dickerson family once lived in a three-bedroom house on a private road in a nice neighborhood in Denham Springs, La., where the kids had plenty of room to play. But now the family has had to take refuge at the crowded Highland Inn, where the parking lot next to a truck stop is the nearest thing to a playground the kids have.

Commentary: PAUL GREENBERG: Franz Kafka, bureaucrat

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There are certain proper nouns that become adjectives, they so embody their era and perhaps all eras. As in Shakespearean or Homeric--but who'd have thought one of those names would be Franz Kafka's? For his writings have come to stand for 20th-century man's sense of bereavement and bewilderment as he found himself lost in a world he never made.

Column One: And so it goes-- on and on

posted: 11/27/2016 2:05 a.m. Comment 1

It is the Jewish Sabbath, and so I do not phone my daughter in Boston--or more precisely, Newton Centre, Mass., for it wouldn't matter anyway. For 24 blessed hours, if not another added to ensure the peace of the day, she is incommunicado. Her phone goes unanswered, her laptop is recharging, just as she and her family are.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: That's telling 'em

posted: 11/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A talented young man can hold his temper only so long. And there's no doubting Little Rock filmmaker Jeff Nichols' talent, youth or his already distinguished list of films, each individual and memorable as he himself. (See Shotgun Stories, Mud, and Midnight Special among others. All are memorable, but in their own way.)

Column One: Mourning became the Cubs

posted: 11/20/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Tragedy has many compensations. For it's not how the game is played, but how it's lost that counts. Or just not played at all. Especially baseball, which is a game of the mind. People complain about its slow pace, but that's so the devoted fan has time to think--not just about what might happen on the field but what might happen or could have happened and didn't happen.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Off they roll

posted: 11/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

There is apparently no end to the annals of American miseducation and won't be so long as educrats like Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have their misguided way. For the chancellor seems to view college graduates as just raw material for economic development, one more tool in his bulging kit.

Column One: The nature of change in politics

posted: 11/13/2016 2:01 a.m. Comments 3

The more things change, contrary to the French expression, the more they keep changing. To cite only one example, Obamacare is fast going from this president's signature achievement to his signature failure. And both the winners and losers of last week's election took due notice.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Maestro Fermi

posted: 11/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The year was 1939 and the month was March, as in Beware of the Ides of. His arrival at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., was unceremoniously announced by the desk officer, who informed Admiral S.C. Hooper, United States Navy, "There's a wop outside."

Column One: At the end of the day

posted: 11/06/2016 1:17 a.m. Discuss

The light shines bright on my old Arkansas home. It's been another brilliant October, something else we in Arkansas tend to take for granted about this small, wonderfully interwoven state. Let Texans brag about how big their state once was in comparison to all the others--before Alaska became an empire of its own based on the same claims Texans once made about their state: oil and sheer size. Size may make indeed make an empire but never a home.






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