Charlie Chan In Plattsburgh

Charlie Chan In Plattsburgh A Play By Matthew Paris Characters; Lane K. Snopes Charlie Chan Mozart Shakespeare Michelangelo Act One (In a room that has the haunted emptiness of a studio there are two or three gauzy draperies or wide columns behind which one can hide if they choose. One might even retire into deep

The Films Of Clint Eastwood

The twenty three or so and still coming films of Clint Eastwood as director have singular features that mark them as very different from any contemporary director who turns out Art, not crap. Eastwood films have an unobtrusive camera steel with few tracking shots, fades or any other virtuosics; they are often in a quiet

A Short History of Noodles

I’m really writing about the perception of Asia in America, subject I am an expert upon by merely having survived without missing too many meals in this country, just as I am an authority on the raise and fall of hair tonic made filched from sheep oil, the sanctification of Sinatra and Elvis if I

Bread Upon The Waters

Irwin Shaw’s next to last novel, published by Delacorte Press, is a tome bearing all the virtues of the author’s other achievements¬† elegance, masterful craft, language free of banality and chiseled into an unobtrusively beautiful filigree, the muted mournful music of the prose, and most of all, the intelligence and moral slant of a philosopher.

The Advent Of Arnold and Jesse

I am going to say anything in this essay that is totally politically incorrect to even odium for most people. I have the right and privilege to do this deed. I am a natural aristocrat living on a pension and social security in a loose and scrambling republic that never punished anyone for their opinions

Schools From Hell

When Does The American Educational System File For Bankruptcy? When I was a kid I always admired the myth of the federal drug administration. The FDA would not allow a single headache pill to hit the market until it was tested on mice, prisoners, and cats in controlled experiments lasting for years in their clear

Bugging the Few

1 Let us imagine for a moment that we have sneaked in invisibly to a conference of the few, the mighty ones of the Earth in one of our invisible enclaves that offers us a chance in very anonymous circumstances to invent a more efficient way of controlling and subjugating the many. We should imagine

Billionaires Anonymous

Hi, I?m Tracy. It?s not my real name; what?s real about a name anyway? You don?t have to know who I am. If I don?t know, you can?t know. I don?t want you to think I?m not a nice person. I?m here at Billionaires Anonymous because I did all the right things in the land