Monthly Archives: August 2011

Citing the Classics

[These comments were first written in late 1993] summum crede nefas animam praeferre pudori et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas. Believe it the highest evil to rank existence before honor and, for the sake of life, to lose the reasons … Continue reading

Posted in ANCIENT & MODERN | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CLOCKERS

CLOCKERS Year: 1995 Genre: Crime Director: Spike Lee Cinematography: Malik Sayeed Editor: Sam Pollard Music: Terence Blanchard Screenplay: Spike Lee Richard Price Running Time: 128 minutes Major Actors: Mekhi Phifer – Strike Delroy Lindo – Rodney Isaiah Washington IV – … Continue reading

Posted in FILM REVIEW | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

On Plurals and Gender and Other Grammatical Aliens

ON PLURALS AND GENDER AND OTHER GRAMMATICAL ALIENS A personal confession is very much in order: when I am not being a nose-sniffing supercilious grammar snob there stalks dark and deadly within the cavernous crevices of my murky mind a … Continue reading

Posted in GALLIMAUFRY, LANGUAGE | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Look to the Octopus

LOOK TO THE OCTOPUS πουλύπου ὀργὴν ἴσχε πολυπλόκου, ὃς ποτὶ πέτρηι, τῆι προσομιλήσηι, τοῖος ἰδεῖν ἐφάνη. νῦν μὲν τῆιδ’ ἐφέπου, τοτὲ δ’ ἀλλοῖος χρόα γίνου. κρέσσων τοι σοφίη γίνεται ἀτροπίης. Maintain the profile of a slick octopus, which gives the … Continue reading

Posted in ANCIENT & MODERN | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Body Heat

BODY HEAT Year: 1981 Genre: Noir Director: Lawrence Kasdan Cinematography: Richard H. Kline Editor: Carol Littleton Music: John Barry Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan Major Actors: Kathleen Turner – Matty Walker Richard Crenna – Edmund Walker William Hurt – Ned Racine J. … Continue reading

Posted in FILM REVIEW | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Editorial Cartoon – Terrorism

I drew this one over thirty years ago when I was starting to get seriously interested in ‘doing’ art instead of just ‘looking’ at it.  But, sadly, this one is even more timely today than then. [If you click on … Continue reading

Posted in ART | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

El Aguador by Velázquez

Look at this painting: Look at the painting in this link. It is a special favorite of mine. (you can resize the graphic by clicking on it, putting the pointer over one of the corner circles, and – when the … Continue reading

Posted in ART | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment