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OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Why we celebrate

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Last night we lit the first candle, for it was the first night of this minor eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time. Maybe because of its proximity to Christmas and the temptation to provide some sort of Jewish equivalent.

OPINION - Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Politics change

posted: 12/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

There are any number of lessons to be learned from the almost forgotten life of John Anderson, the late congressman from Illinois. Dead at 95, he represents something of a puzzle to those of us still trying to figure him out.

Park anywhere

posted: 12/07/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Why do anything just partway? Instead of expanding another interstate from eight lanes to a mere 10, why not pave over all the land between Tennessee and Oklahoma? And then for bad measure do the same with all that wasted space between Missouri and Louisiana. That way motorists may no longer need to pause at spots like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art or what was once a state Capitol at Little Rock. Such eyesores would all be gone, replaced by unbroken pavement as far as the eye could see.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Park anywhere

posted: 12/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Why do anything just partway? Instead of expanding another interstate from eight lanes to a mere 10, why not pave over all the land between Tennessee and Oklahoma? And then for bad measure do the same with all that wasted space between Missouri and Louisiana. That way motorists may no longer need to pause at spots like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art or what was once a state Capitol at Little Rock. Such eyesores would all be gone, replaced by unbroken pavement as far as the eye could see.

OPINION- Column One: Disappearing in plain sight

posted: 12/03/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

It's always been my intention to escape attention. My aim has been to merge with the crowd, to belong to the undifferentiated middle. Indeed, to wind up in the middle of the middle. Just as I'm in middle management here at The Corporation, at which I have many acquaintances but not a single friend.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: Play it, Sam

posted: 11/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Where to begin, and where to end, when an inky wretch tries to describe why a movie made three-quarters of a century ago should still exert so sure a grip on the American imagination.

OPINION - Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: On the life of legends

posted: 11/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legends may start with a kernel of a fact at their core, but if they catch on, they can become all-embracing myth, which one sage defined as a truth greater than the facts. And what readers of Arkansas' Newspaper may be witnessing is a new birth of the legendary. For seldom have so many learned so much about their history as one threadbare legend is replaced by a shiny new counter-legend. And the new one shows every sign of holding up even on close examination.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: How to corrupt yourself

posted: 11/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

It's only on stage and in other dramatic works of fiction that Evil may appear in appropriate bright-red garb. That's when Old Ned is reduced to a cartoon figure that no one really fears. There he is, speaking with forked tongue and tail to match. Holding a pitchfork and breathing fire and brimstone, he could be a character in an amateur theatrical production of a comic strip, clattering into the spotlight on his cloven hooves. Not anyone in real life or realer death. How could anyone be afraid of the Big Bad Devil? Why, he's an almost lovable character, as clumsy as he is fictive. He might as well be a kid in a Halloween skit going Boo! Big devilish deal. The only response he may get is a barely stifled yawn.

OPINION - Column One: Perishable moments

posted: 11/19/2017 2:02 a.m. Comments 4

I'm writing this after rewatching a beautifully crafted movie called A River Runs Through It. It's about trout fishing, which is like saying Gone With the Wind is about the Civil War that divided this indivisible Union for four long, terrible years. Or maybe the movie is about two brothers. Or maybe it's about memory. All your faithful correspondent can say is that it taught me a great deal not only about trout fishing but about how fleeting our time is in the evanescent world we share, and to be aware of how precious that shared time is.

OPINION: PAUL GREENBERG: What goes up

posted: 11/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

If one of the greats in the history of mathematics and physics--Sir Isaac Newton--could act like any crazed and dazed day trader under pressure, what does that say about the chances of us ordinary folk making a killing in the stock market? It's far more likely that the market will kill us.

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