I need to believe in the Triumph of the Cross. I bet my entire life on it. Don’t you?
I’ve been driving around town seeing signs that say “Edwards – Congress” and smiling. In spite of myself, I cannot help admiring Edwin Edwards. Not morally or ethically, mind you. The former four-term governor of Louisiana was released from federal prison in 2011 after serving a ten-year sentence … [Read More...]
We have come here to hear Beethoven. Listening to music has become a private affair in recent years, but there is little that is private here. Blankets and lawn chairs crowd the space beneath the trees, and toddlers run freely through the grass. Teenagers trip awkwardly over reclining older couples, … [Read More...]
What happened this summer? That's a question I've been asking myself over the past couple of months as crisis after crisis has broken out around the world, so many coming and in such quick succession that it's almost impossible to remember everything one is supposed to be keeping up with. We've … [Read More...]
*pronounced "mooltiki," meaning "cartoons." My roommates recently discovered my ignorance of classic Soviet cartoon shorts (their faces contorting into various expressions of "Whaaaaaa.........how can this be?!?!?") and took to remedying my dire situation with a vengeance. And so began an … [Read More...]
Some of my favourite critics from recent years are Roger Ebert and Harold Bloom – not because I've always agreed with where they ended up (or how they got there) so much as for their wizardry. Taking any movie or book they could spin out marvellous reflections about the bigger issues of life – … [Read More...]