I’m working on a play based on Vincent van Gogh’s life. It’s not intended to be a biography of van Gogh, but simply a work inspired by his life, philosophy and paintings. This is why different names have been used, and the play takes place in our own modern times. Here’s the intro: FADE IN: The Painter on His Way to Work WILL’S VOICE Dear Leo, The brushes and coffee arrived just in time. I’ve been burning the midnight oil lately, and caffeine is the fuel. It wakes me too, Read more […]
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Today, it would raise more than a red flag if a flight school student said he didn’t need to learn how to land a plane. But what we’ve learned goes beyond the added vigilance. Our evolution went something like this: 9-11: Denial 9-12: Anger until the end of 2004 2005 to present: Acceptance We accept there will always be those who hate us, no matter how much we either bomb or appease. We accept we can’t convert the world to democratic capitalism, but that America was founded on such Read more […]
Twice as many Americans now take anti-depressants than 12 years ago, reported Reuters news agency. When we really grasp human life with its emotion, absurdity and adrenaline, it’s really not so shocking that amid our technological wonders, we remain unsatisfied. Just because we command robots, horseless carriages and satellites, doesn’t mean we left behind the reptilian brain buried deep within us. We are lizards stepping on escalators, elevating to the sky in steel boxes, and pretending Read more […]
(note this is a work in progress) Postmodernism relishes in the world’s confusion, the lack of any mainstream, just many streams depositing into the same ocean. Each stream represents an idea, a way to live, a philosophy. Each idea flows along its own course, seemingly independent and unique, all pouring into the same vast sea of world-thought. To understand the streams, we must grasp the zeitgeist — the spirit of each age — that shapes world-thought. Like storm clouds pregnant with Read more […]
Two months shy of its 150th birthday, the Rocky Mountain News breathes its last. Soon after, Seattle’s oldest newspaper stops the presses to be reborn digitally. The state of Minnesota uses precious tax money to retrain newspaper staff for an online audience. Before the World Wide Web, I was one of those journalists in training. As fate would have it, the year I graduated in 1993, an invention called the web browser would soon change everything. While starting my career as a journalist, Read more […]