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Just as history did not end with the triumph of "Freedom" in the late 20th century, it will not end here in its miserable aftermath. 

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Reflections on "Failure"
In 1960, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s film ”The Virgin
Spring” shocked and outraged audiences   in Europe and America.   The film dramatizes a medieval Swedish ballad of rape, murder, and revenge – all shown with brutal realism.   In 2017 ...

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Will the "Population Bomb" be the one that finally does us in?  If so, it won't be because there are too many people in the world..

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In the Shadow of the Bomb
-- By Tom Phillips In my lifetime, Western Man's greatest fear has always been that he will be "hoist by his own petard," blown up with one of his own bombs.  A World War 2 baby, I grew up in the shadow of the A-bomb, then the H-bomb.  Today, the fear of nu...

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A prophet is always without honor in her own home country, but Isadora Duncan may have finally come into her glory -- with a boost from an unlikely admirer, Sara Mearns.  

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A Swedish circus troupe has something to tell us about the tide of refugees Sweden has accepted, while others turned them away ... In this endless, bizarre war, the refugee is the hero. 

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Circus with a Purpose
-- By Tom Phillips   Midway through Cirkus Cirkor's "Limits," aerialist Saara Ahola asks the audience to join her in a little trick: stand up with your feet together, close your eyes, and remain standing.  Be careful...

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My daughter Jennifer informs me that while the album form may be damaged, it's not dead.  She cites two recent song cycles:   "Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'  from 2016, and Beck's 'Morning Phase' from 2015 are both listen-throughs with a beginning middle and end.  There are hit singles from them, but the albums are one piece.   So the album as art form inspired maybe by The Beach Boys and Beatles, lives on!"  Thanks, Jen.

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"Who decides? Do you?  Or does someone else say – you’re a failure.  We’re doing “Failure” again...But now, everything’s different.  What does it mean now, after the election?"  -- Laura Peterson

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"Sgt. Pepper" lives, in a special niche of recorded history, along with a handful of LPs and CDs that similarly leave you with a feeling of having experienced something whole.
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