TRAINS OF THOUGHT

“Shame is shame in front of someone…Others is the essential mediator between me and myself:I am ashamed of myself as I appear to others”—Jean Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness THE WEIRD KID, shown… Continue reading

A DARK RIDE

Noise and crowds suffered,For joy, but not for sadness.Ticket bought, punched. Promises to ourselves—And from others—kept and not‘Cause life’s a dark ride.

ODYSSEUS IN LOVE

“Look to the helm, good master–many a shoalMarks this stern coast, and rocks, where sits the SirenWho, like ambition, lures men to their ruin.” —Walter Scott IMAGINE THE ODYSSEY as a coming of… Continue reading

SCHLOCK AND AWE

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” —Voltaire DRAGON, BEAR AND CLOWN. An editorial cartoon, but only sort of. Yes, it has a lot of the characteristics of… Continue reading

AMERICAN TRIPTYCH

VISIONS OF HEAVEN AND HELL ON EARTH, lost, remembered, and given up on. But I’m not sure what they all mean, not being religious. Sometimes the pictures explain themselves and I just write… Continue reading

NOT BEAUTY

And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead.” Title card from the 1933 film King… Continue reading

TRUMPIPUS WRECKS

NOT TO OVERSTATE THE OBVIOUS: The Trump Show began as a comedy, but it has become a tragedy. In ancient Greek tragedy, the protagonist has a fatal flaw (Hamartia) and there is a… Continue reading

Permalink

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” —J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)… Continue reading

OTHERED

WE CAN EASILY NAME many bad-guy otherers, but even the good guys (I mean our guys) who took them out were guilty of othering. And their heirs: Our politicians, of course, but as… Continue reading

ONE (hundred thirty thousand and counting)-ZIP

Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football.” —Albert Camus, philosopher A SPORTS ANALOGY for this editorial cartoon style illumination. I’ve chosen futbol because in that… Continue reading