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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Donald Trump: Will Power Educate the Potentate?

Bedeviled by Donald Trump, a populist, hardball Republican presidential nominee, Americans need as rarely before, the political wisdom of their sages. The institutional protections of check and balance government are fundamental but not sufficient to deter demagogic outcomes. This year’s... Continue Reading →

Now Is the Time to Break ISIS

Victory or defeat in war is often as much psychological as it is military. Military forces fight to impose their wills, and at a certain moment, even if the weapons are not yet silent, one side or the other loses... Continue Reading →

Chinese Dali Dreamstone Exhibition

Through a Chinese friend, I had the luck to discover the remarkable “Dali Dreamstone” exhibition this week at TK Asian Antiquities in New York City. Dali Dreamstones are marble slabs of smaller or larger size, which are mined, cut and... Continue Reading →

Romania as a key to Europe’s past and future

Book review: Robert D. Kaplan, “In Europe’s shadow: two Cold Wars and a thirty-year journey through Romania and beyond”, New York: Random House, 2016, 269 pp.) Robert D. Kaplan’s last chapter in this engrossing European history of Romania begins, “From... Continue Reading →

The Future of ISIS: Al Qaeda 2.0?

President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address spent a couple of paragraphs discussing the terrorist threat to the American homeland. In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, he felt obliged to say what is obvious: that while the... Continue Reading →

Film Critique: ‘Anomalisa,’ (Co-Directors Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)

Film critique: “Anomalisa” (co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2016) A review of a review: is Anthony Lane correct about ‘Anomalisa’? This is an unsolicited review of noted New Yorker magazine film critic Anthony Lane’s own review of the striking... Continue Reading →

“Evidence accumulates that Islamic State is headed for oblivion”

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address spent a couple of paragraphs discussing the terrorist threat to the American homeland. Faced with heightened fear of terrorism after the San Bernardino attack, he felt obliged to say what is obvious:... Continue Reading →

Arthur Miller, Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Arthur Miller, Mark Strong: ‘A view from the bridge’ (Lyceum Theater, Manhattan, dir. Ivo van Hove, until Feb. 21) Catharsis. The London Young Vic’s revival production of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge (1956) is a mesmerizing theater experience... Continue Reading →

“Smoke” Jazz Supper Club: Upper West Side Manhattan

“Smoke” — the Upper West Side place on Broadway at 106th — is surely the most genuine, congenial and best-run jazz club in the city. It’s an intimate jazz/supper club that seats about fifty people for dinner at tight tables... Continue Reading →

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