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Column: She was a loner

posted: 09/28/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 2

Jane Jacobs was an outsider when she began to point out what was all too clear to her. But now hers is the conventional wisdom. Or as a sage named Yogi Berra was once said to have pointed out, it's remarkable what one can observe just by watching.

Column One: Attention paid to inattention

posted: 09/25/2016 2:10 a.m. Comment 1

To say that silence is golden is to say too much. To say more or even to imagine more is more than enough. It clutters the blank corners of the mind, filling them with the opposite of rest and recreation.

Column: Leave 'em laughing

posted: 09/21/2016 2:57 a.m. Comments 2

One of the older and sillier conventions in the literary world is that a woman writer must make her female characters likable or even comic in order for her fame to endure. That piece of bad advice has been antiquated at least since Sappho. Or as Somerset Maugham phrased it when passing on that dubious notion, make the reader "laugh and he will think you a trivial fellow, but bore him in the right way and your reputation is assured." That thesis has been convincingly refuted once again by the continuing popularity of Dawn Powell, whose great character is not a person but a whole neighborhood: Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

Column One: What all's in a name?

posted: 09/18/2016 2:08 a.m. Comment 1

What's in a name? Lots in the case of Jacob Trieber v. Prejudice of Every Kind. There's not only justice, history and pure Americanism but ironies galore. For just as this historic figure was recently being given his due when the Helena-West Helena federal building was renamed the Jacob Trieber Federal Building, it came complete with a politically correct version of his saga celebrating, yep, racial quotas by some other name, in this case diversity.

Columnists: PAUL GREENBERG: An Appeal to Reason

posted: 09/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 43

We would like to address today's editorial column especially to those readers who might be considering casting their ballot for president of the United States in favor of George Wallace.

Column One: Back to the cliche factory

posted: 09/11/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

It had been a while since Pierre Cliche had let folks have a peek at his factory in an old abandoned warehouse on the south side of town. It was clear at once that he'd been busy running an assembly line of metaphors to describe the economic news since the British decided to leave the European Union and strike out on their own, aka Brexit. Which left the financial markets in dire need of cliches to describe what was happening on the Other Side of the Pond--a need M. Cliche was determined to overfill. Which was just what he'd been doing all this time.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: Laid to rest

posted: 09/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Staff Sergeant Mike Smith of Little, Rock, Ark., died last week. He was given a funeral Friday with full military honors, with donations urged in place of the usual flowers.

Column One: Labor theory of value

posted: 09/04/2016 2:04 a.m. Comments 5

The old man had long ago given up fixing shoes and had gone into other work since then, buying and selling and making a nice living. But he had never found any other line of work that gave him as much satisfaction as putting a pair of good, fresh, leather soles on a still good pair of uppers. Or putting a pair of Cat's Paw heels on shoes that still had a lot of wear in them, and doing it cleanly, securely--to last.

Column: PAUL GREENBERG: What would he do? Sherlock Holmes takes a Little Rock case

posted: 08/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Today's column should come with a different byline--that of Dr. Watson, the famous detective's faithful companion, for it is written in his largely imagined words but familiar style.

Column One: Education and its discontents

posted: 08/28/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Once upon a time a liberal education was just that--an education that liberated man from ignorance and made him fit to govern himself as a citizen.

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