A couple years ago, my buddy and I went to see an exhibit on shunga, traditional Japanese erotic art, mostly dating to the Edo and Meiji eras. The term shunga translates as “pictures of spring”, […]
It is very rarely that a middle-aged man finds an author who gives him, what he knew so often in his teens and twenties, the sense of having opened a new door. … When I […]
I had a couple conversations recently about writing fight scenes and how abysmal they usually are to read, even to watch. Action is very tedious, after all. Think of how quickly a car chase gets […]
My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation from “The Fire Next Time” (1963) by James Baldwin, a potent and lyrical essayist. Dear James: I have begun this letter […]
Optimism — one of Superman’s often-overlooked superpowers.
The Bradford pear in our back yard has sprouted its winter berries. As I sat drinking my coffee this morning, I watched a pair of red-breasted robins fight over it. They were both driven away […]
16th century anti-papal political meme by Lucas Cranach the Elder: German peasants farting at the pope (1545). The whole fake news phenomenon is big and complicated and covers everything from the advent of social media, […]