Monthly Archives: June 2010

Women of Substance

Every time Reba McEntire comes on the radio, I think of Mrs. Trotter in The Duchess of Duke Street, and I finally realized why.  There is the flaming red hair paired with piercing blue eyes and figures worth fasting for, but … Continue reading

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“Voluntourism” & “The Citizenship Vacuum”

Two things I read yesterday have direct bearing on my forthcoming piece, “The Geography of Hope” for the University of Venus.  The first, from the UK paper, The Guardian, examines the costs associated with programs for university-bound students (in the … Continue reading

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The Arrogance of Oligarchs

As the story of General Stanley McChrystal’s verbal incontinence hit the airwaves this week, I heard a commentator mention that as the son of a major general, McChrystal knew exactly how much he could get away with at West Point … Continue reading

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Race Against Hate

Today my family will join thousands of others in celebrating fathers’ day by racing against hate (or in our case perambulating against prejudice). The young white supremacist who killed Ricky Birdsong – for whom the race is a memorial – … Continue reading

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Bubble Gum Bollywood: Dostana

Karan Johar gets a bad rap for producing the Hindi film version of bubble gum pop music.  While the soundtracks of Johar’s classics have upbeat, danceable tunes, each film succeeds in subverting serious social norms while viewers are too busy … Continue reading

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Coming in July…

to The University of Venus:  “The Geography of Hope.”

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Family Focus

I am not a painter, photographer, or any other form of visual artist.  However, I spend a great deal of time surrounded by and suffused in visual arts.  My father-in-law possessed the largest collection of watercolors depicting country houses in … Continue reading

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Hot off the virtual press!

http://uvenus.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/mater-de-facto-et-de-jure/

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