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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.

Column One: The decline of language in our time

posted: 03/15/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . The inflated style itself is a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink."

Columnists: Guernica all over again

posted: 03/11/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

It was one of the most searing paintings of the modernist era: Pablo Picasso's scream of a masterpiece inspired by the fascist bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War, a horror that would prove but a prelude to the Second World War that began a couple of years later.

Column One: The past is the present

posted: 03/08/2015 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

The past is never dead. It's not even past.--William Faulkner

Columnists: Of methods and manners

posted: 03/04/2015 3:05 a.m. Comments 2

The good news is that Arkansas' legislature is taking education seriously this session. Two good bills have already passed the General Assembly and been signed into law by our education-minded governor. One would require that every high school in the state offer a computer-science course, a minimal requirement for equipping the state's students to compete in a 21st Century economy. The other would emphasize a 19th Century skill that needs reviving in our time: cursive handwriting.

Column One: Decline and fall

posted: 03/01/2015 1:45 a.m. Comments 4

Journalism has thrived on scandal since there's been journalism. For who except a saint wouldn't take vicarious pleasure in reading about how the mighty have fallen? Especially when pride, as usual, has gone before the fall. Maybe saints don't read the papers, but we lesser mortals may not consider our morning coffee complete without a look at the headlines. And when it comes to scandal, some of us don't just scan the headlines but devour every word. Consider that a confession.

Columnists: Enemy without a name

posted: 02/25/2015 3 a.m. Comments 5

Last week our president and commander-in-chief responded to the latest wave of terrorist attacks around the world by--calling a seminar.

Column one: Distant but still present

posted: 02/22/2015 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

Washington's birthday has always been a movable feast, for he was born in a kind of time warp, with the calendar changing from Old to New Style as he aged. So his birthday changed with it. Until today it is February 22nd and even now his official holiday has become one of those three-day specials.

Columnists: The forgotten prophetess

posted: 02/18/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

The first domino--Greece--in the long row comprising the European Union is wobbling and about to fall, and could take the whole EU and its common currency, the euro, down with it one day.

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