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Gag Reflex: Curated?

Curated.  I knew this thing had escaped its cozy confines of museum administration when a few years ago I read an item in the LA Times describing a new strip retail center whose tenant mix had been “curated” by so-and-so. ...

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Gag Reflex: Game Changer

Game Changer.  Not only has it quickly become a tired cliché, it occasionally becomes a downright atrocity such as this one I saw recently:  "Gene therapy may be a game changer."  Really.  Yes, I guess the transformation of human life...

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Gag Reflex: Great Question

"That's a great question." Really?

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Flaneur: A World of Empty Storefronts

What happens to our urban built environment and the vitality of urban street life when all of us are huddling over our screens, ordering most of our goods and services on the internet in order to save a nickel?  Call...

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Bread & Circuses: A Belated Protest

A belated protest:  La La Land?  Really?

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Priam’s Daughter: Note from Weimar

A Note From Weimar:  “’Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst,’ [Hannah Arendt  wrote], ‘no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to...

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Flaneur: News Bar

University Place, Greenwich Village.  There are great educational institutions spotted all around the City, but this is Ground Zero for higher education in New York--NYU, New School, Parsons, Cardozo Law School.  In the middle of it all a place called News Bar.  it...

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Praise for Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death

"Dan Flanigan is a visionary poet. His series of poems, Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death, based on ancient services sometimes performed in the Roman Catholic Church, grapples with the death of his wife....I am filled with its humanity, its...

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Gag Reflex: “Speaks truth to power.”

Sounds BOLD and BRAVE and FULL OF MEANING, but isn't.  And the powerless deserve the truth too.

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