Libraries We Love: The Breakers

 A seaside cottage would hardly be the first place most people would think of when asked where one might find what is arguably the most opulent library in America. But if that “cottage” were built during the height of the Gilded Age by one of America’s 19th Century titans of industry, then it should come as less of a surprise. For the ultra-rich in the late 1800s, it was a time when one-upmanship ran rampant, no expense was spared, and the phrase conspicuous consumption was coined.


White Man Stakes: On Insanity

The insane, who have achieved infamy, run the gamut from serial killer Ted Bundy to President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Putin is responsible for harming many more people than serial killer Ted Bundy, yet there is deep-rooted cultural reluctance to identify him as insane. 


Could there be a regime change in Russia?

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said President Biden was not advocating for regime change in Russia when reporters asked. The US has done it in the past, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and other nations, so it is a fair question. In those instances, we have taken direct military actions or manipulated others to eject their leaders. However, it may have to result from their internal politics in Russia.


First Blossoms—2022

The first blossoms of Spring Season’s colors have exploded, coaxed on by the sun and a few drops of rain out here in California.


The real story of human history: Art, Artifacts and Bones

I wrote this book review to pay tribute to David Graeber who died due to Covid-related complications in 2020, before he could see the publication of The Dawn of Everything. What a powerful legacy! I want to extend a sincere thanks to both authors David Graeber and David Wengrow for undertaking this project. I learned to think about history in way that re-imagines the possibilities for all of us and for that I am grateful.

 


Witnesses to History

Unfolding horrific events in Ukraine coupled with brutal repression of dissent in Russia have caused me to insert another declaration that is equally relevant to any study of ethics, policy, and law, given the death and destruction we are witnessing because of the ambitions and grievances of Vladimir Putin.  


Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Marquez is one of a string of male writers who elevates pedophilia to new levels of grandeur and ecstasy under the guise of great literature.


PR for People The Connector March 2022

The old English adage, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, means that the weather is fierce in the beginning of March but tends to grow more gentle by the end of the month. The reality about March’s weather has more to do with where and how you live than it has to do with any allegorical reference to animals.