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Column One: Stereotypes

posted: 05/03/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 5

It was just a blurb in the daily In the News, but like so many items in that indispensable column, it set off a train of thoughts far beyond its condensed, one-sentence style:

Columnists: Scoop!

posted: 04/29/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 14

Ambrose Bierce, author of The Devil's Dictionary, was an editor so acerbic that one critic said he should not be allowed out of doors lest his very presence be enough to blight the crops. To quote Editor Bierce: "I am quite serious when I say that nobody in the United States has ever been hanged for killing a journalist. Public opinion will not permit it."

Column One: The case for plagiarism

posted: 04/26/2015 1:53 a.m. Comments 11

When the once well-respected superintendent of Little Rock's school district--Dexter Suggs--resigned in the wake of a plagiarism scandal, an old friend's comment on my own writing came back hard and fast. Like a carom shot out of a side pocket in a pool game.

COLUMNISTS: Lip service

posted: 04/22/2015 2:53 a.m. Comments 21

Military justice is to justice as military music is to music. Not the same. Not the same at all. Yes, it may have clashing cymbals and all the other trappings of a musical performance, like any stirring march, but there is something missing. A lot missing. Namely, music—the kind that carries us along note by note, variation after variation, reaching for the heights, then plunging into the depths, or just lulling and soothing us till the next revelation.

Column One: The flood of 2016

posted: 04/19/2015 1:46 a.m. Comments 10

As a storm center moved through these Southern latitudes the other evening, it provided quite a light show. The firmament above overflowed, the rain gushed, zig-zags streaked the sky. And a bright metaphor struck, too--a description of an American presidential campaign coined by a French visitor to these shores back when the contending parties weren't called Republicans and Democrats but Whigs and Jacksonians.

Columnists: Provocations

posted: 04/15/2015 2:43 a.m. Comments 20

Let's talk about inequality in American society. Tell us again what a terrible country this is, dominated by the super-rich who care only about preserving their wealth and privilege. Nobody else has a chance.

Column One: Fear is big again

posted: 04/12/2015 1:58 a.m. Comments 22

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . ."

Columnists: Let's not get carried away

posted: 04/08/2015 2:49 a.m. Comments 25

Bombast is the natural medium for some politicians, and there are those who are genuine artists at it. Think of Huey P. Long, the one and only Kingfish down Looziana way. Or here in Arkansas, old Jeff Davis--the wool-hat Demosthenes--at the turn of another century.

Column One: Scandal into bore

posted: 03/22/2015 1:47 a.m. Comment 1

The fascinating English novelist and memoirist, Anthony Powell, he of the epic A Dance to the Music of Time, caught a London bus in October of 1960 to attend a trial at Old Bailey, where proceedings were under way to determine whether D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover could be published in accordance with the requirements of His Majesty's Obscene Publications Act of 1959. And therefore could be allowed to circulate freely in the United Kingdom.

Columnists: The divided self

posted: 03/18/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

News item: Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning [Feb. 27] at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83 [and had developed] what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship's bridge. Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock, published in 1977, and I Am Spock, published in 1995.

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