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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.

Columnists: The buddha in the TV room

posted: 08/13/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

It was just a snippet of conversation overheard in a crowded restaurant: " . . . and we put the buddha in the TV room." At that point I stopped eavesdropping, lost somewhere between contemplation and amusement, fascination and puzzlement. They all have a way of mixing on hearing some comment that, from the moment it's made, I know will remain stuck in the little gray cells, like a roadblock, stopping all other traffic.

Column one: Words in vogue

posted: 08/10/2014 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

The scholar H. W. Fowler described and diagnosed many a linguistic malady in his classic study, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, back in that very modern year 1926. The Roaring Twenties were a study in modernity, and 1926 marked a high point in every field of fashion.

COLUMNISTS: Waiting for dark

posted: 08/06/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 2

"For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings." -- Richard II, Act III, Scene 2 We sit quietly, maybe a dozen of us, in the little synagogue a couple of blocks off the interstate here in Little Rock, and wait for night to fall--like Anne Frank and her family in the Secret Annex, not stirring during the day lest they attract attention, waiting for dark.

Column One: The mail

posted: 08/03/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Dear Unhappy with Me, It was wholly a pleasure to get your email raking me over from stem to stern. Thanks, I needed that. Your detailed message got my juices flowing and allowed you to let off steam.

Columnists: Gentlemen of the club

posted: 07/30/2014 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

There are certain rivals who may differ on the issues, and in style and background and even basic attitude, yet understand and respect one other. For they belong to the same club--the fraternity of the great.

Column One: Pick your historic day

posted: 07/27/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Alert Reader, in this case a history professor here in Arkansas, noted a considerable gap--78 years--in my regularly revised July the Fourth column, which lists memorable dates in American history. There was no entry between November 19, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, and December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy" because of Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Column: The beauty of blight

posted: 07/23/2014 3:23 a.m. Comments 7

It's not every day that the New York Times blog devoted to photography--it's called Lens--runs a piece about Pine Bluff, Ark. (pop. 47,000).

Column One: Quick, hide the past!

posted: 07/20/2014 2:12 a.m. Comments 4

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

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