FAILURE TO ADAPT: THE SAGA OF BRADLEY MANNING

I once read an article about a Marine Corps boot camp and found myself rooting not for the red-blooded all-American boys who were all too willing to turn themselves into killing machines, but by the “weak, uninspired recruit”—apparently one materializes in every platoon—who just couldn’t make the grade: a laggard, always falling behind, who sat […]

THAT LIVING BEING WHICH IS A COLOR

Wassily Kandinsky described his paints as: “jubilant, sumptuous, reflective, dreamy, absorbed in themselves, with deep seriousness or a mischievous sparkle…those strange beings we call colors came out one after another, living in and for themselves, autonomous, endowed with all the qualities need for their future autonomous life….At times it seemed to me that whenever the […]

SICKNESS IS A PLACE

Calvin Lashway of Las Cruces, NM, weighed in recently with this interview with Jonathan Rogers, author of a new book: The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor.” Here’s how the interview begins: “Interviewer Trevin Wax: What initially attracted you to Flannery O’Connor’s work? Jonathan Rogers: I grew up in Middle Georgia, […]

GET OUT THE POPCORN: HOMICIDAL AND STRAIT-JACKET

I can’t much stomach the violence in Mafia, sci-fi thriller, or drug war movies but I am crazy for women-gone-loony black-and-white sixties flicks: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane; Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte; The Nanny… If you have any bent in this direction yourself, check out this insanely over-the-top William Castle double feature. Here’s Joan Crawford in STRAIT-JACKET […]