Roth’s Legacy

“Is it me? Is it me  Me Me Me! It has to be me—but is it!” Philip Roth, The Conversion Of the Jews (1959) Philip Roth (1933-2018) made identity issues — particularly Jewish identity — the centerpiece of his oeuvre, and with it behavior that ultimately undid the ‘self’ he sought to achieve. Many of the disgraced men in recent times followed Roth’s notions of…

Rockefeller Collection

Those interested in antique (brown) furniture, might find some deals among the Rockefeller Collection — with sales going on at Christie’s through May 11.

Unhinged

Would that the American people had confronted their government’s wicked intervention (and calls for regime change) in Syria, starting in 2011. That once beautiful country has been destroyed by American made weapons. The fact that the U.S. has been allied with Great Britain, in pulverizing Iraq and Syria, is not making America great again. Whatever claim the U.S. might have on greatness came when…

What’s Driving American Culture?

Will to power and the road to hell — no future in that. The better way is to align one’s will, not with demonic possession but with the divine will.

Badass Couture

Denneis Hopper T-shirt, available at Hayward House, NYC.

Close Out

It was announced that the National Gallery Of Art, in Washington, is cancelling an upcoming exhibition of works by American artist Chuck Close, over ‘inappropriate behavior.’ Allowing the show to go on might have been more constructive and instructive, with recent revelations helping to better contextualize Mr. Close’s meditations on identity.  

‘Unfold Yourself’

It’s become fashionable for ‘elite’ schools in the U.S. to dump Shakespeare from their curriculum, and with it the lessons to avoid bad behavior and tragic-waste outcomes (To be rather than not to be). But judging by the way things are (not), most parents and teachers didn’t get those lessons either.

Veteran’s Day

White & Black Hats

Napa In the Fall

Status quo for the California wine industry has been shown in recent days to be unsustainable. But, hopefully Route #29 and the heart of Napa Valley can be saved from the enveloping flames — with their wines going on to be part of ennobled rather than debased living.

Columbus Day

Most scientists and theologians would agree that the dominant forces in the cosmos are moving to unfold and gather-up creation (“That all may be one”). Perhaps it can be said that Columbus was an instrument of Providence in the progress of humankind. As things expand they also come together. In the realm of human affairs progress has led to civilizations being born. For civilization…

Tabula Rasa

Back in 1916, at the height of World War I, Dadaism sought to replace any kind of rational order with the irrational, and radical politics sought to rapidly usher in a ‘new world’ (where presumably all would flourish) led by themselves. As a result, the anti-art movement and progressive (phallic) politics, built on nihilism, have produced a nation where government “by and with the consent…

Sick & Wicked

Many who voted for Trump did so because they thought he was less wicked — and less sick than HRC. But his rhetoric at the UN today told a different story. In various jobs over the years, HRC’s actions contributed to the destruction of millions of lives, Mr. Trump appears determined to do follow suit.

Black Work Ethic

“If you don’t hire me I will f_ck you up. If you hire me I will f_ck you up. If you fire me I will really f-ck you up!” Black leaders and activists continue to terrorize American society by seeking to advance black people (through fear and intimidation) — by being bad rather than by being good, by taking rather than by giving. A…

‘Top Dog’

The American way of activism — featuring individuals in despair, driven by a peculiar admixture of aims, seeking justice (vengeance) and identity in their struggle for rights, while at the same time rebelling against truth and life itself — was on full display in the fulminations of opposing, yet similar, rebel groups in Charlottesville.

Customized Solution

Meatpacking District, NYC – June 13, 2017

American Art Scene

With Latin America dominating the American art scene, two works by American artists George Tooker and Georgia O’Keeffe, being sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s today, are especially noteworthy.

New York to Paris

On this day ninety years ago, US airmail pilot Charles Lindberg (‘Lucky Lindy’) — having taken off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island the day before — landed at Le Bourget Aerdrome, Paris, after a 33 hour flight. Years later in his book, The Spirit of Saint Louis, Mr. Lindberg comments: “We have seen the aircraft, to which we devoted our lives, destroying the civilization that created…

American Values

Trump’s decision to send more American troops into Syria, ostensibly to defeat ISIS, is part of a larger double game that supports malevolent Saudi interests, including the work of IS, which in Syria means partitioning the country.

“Not My President’s Day”

Trump might be sick, but many who resist him (including McCain & Obama) seem sicker, not unlike the self-defeating Bolsheviks of 1917.

War & Peace

What’s worse — president Obama starting a war with Russia, through an act of vengeance, on his way out of office, or incoming president Trump reaching out to said country in the hope of averting a war and advancing peace and stability? Flynn was done in by an American political establishment that (in recent history) destroyed Iraq, Libya and Syria — and absurdly sees Russia…

Trump and the Insurgents

Perhaps Mr. Trump should be more focused on the insurgency in his own country than the one in Yemen. On Sunday, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James addressed a gathering at Columbia University declaring president Trump to be “illegitimate,” and urging people to “organize” against him. Even more pernicious are the insurgents among Republicans, as well as members of his own administration — as evidenced by intelligence…

Roaring Women

The Women’s March, NYC – January 21, 2017 Feminists took to the streets to make their feelings for President Trump known, and to assert various ‘rights’ they feel are endangered by a Trump administration. American style feminism, with its material power orientation, is a movement of destruction (abortion) and domination (“A Woman’s Place Is In Your Face!”) — that fails to understand/embrace the true nature…

‘We Will Shine’

“This American carnage stops right here and now!” Donald Trump, Inaugural Address, 1/20/17 Mr. Trump suggested that it would be a “new national pride” that would “heal our divisions.”

‘New Vision’

“America First…Buy American. Hire American”

‘New World Order’

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson supported the Russian Revolution and brought the U.S. into the Great War (WWI), in support of a ‘new world order.’ Today, Obama officials are accusing Russian president Putin of being a threat to the new world order. In his final press conference President Obama said the sanctions on Russia were due to Russia violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by annexing Crimea. Actually it was…

Americana Week

Mr. Trump will take over as president of a broken, some would say failed, United States — failed because the ‘will of the people’ has for years failed to deliver truthful leaders. Instead, American leadership has systematically violated natural law, the U.S. Constitution and international law, destroying other countries and delegitimizing themselves in the process. People should bear in mind that the U.S. exists today only because…

Unfold Yourself

Americans are encouraged to find their identity in rebellion against the status quo — even against truth itself. This can mean the triumph of infantilism in the name of progress.

President Obama’s Legacy

Barack Obama is leaving a nation and world more divided than when he took office. His (Hegelian-Marxist) values did more to justify animal instincts and base impulses (from BLM to Syria) than to expand new seeds of life. His opportunism in ‘saving’ the economy was tilted more towards his donors and base, relying heavily on changed accounting rules — turbocharged with printing and borrowing trillions…

Need a Little Cleansing

It’s funny that the U.S. government, which has long intervened in other nation’s affairs, is now squawking about Russian intervention (to make known the truth) in the recent U.S. election. And the same government, whose lies are the lifeblood of its existence, is now hysterical about fake news. The American people needed outside intervention to expose and rid themselves of disordered leaders—that have undermined the country ($20,000,000,000,000 debt), left the…

Nasty Activists

November 12, 2016 – Fifth Avenue, NYC Leaning heavily on Marxist disruption, America’s preferential treatment of women, minorities, and the LGBT community, has in recent years led to a divided nation — and a vicious cycle of underdeveloped persons — frothing in a sea of disorder and hatred, and leading to nothingness rather than a flourishing society. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Black & Red

As he prepares to take office, it’s been said that Mr. Trump considers education to be a low priority.  And yet the high number of poorly educated young people in America, as evidenced by recent demonstrations, should make education a top priority. The problem, though, is many educators see truth as oppressive — the enemy. So rather than being oriented to it they are in rebellion…

‘Bye bye bye…’

“There…there…it’s all over.” Waiting For Godot, 1954 Especially notable in this election was the extent to which personal identity played a role in how people voted — overwhelming every other issue, program, or policy consideration. That said, if Hillary Clinton had been a better (healthier) woman many who voted for Trump would have voted for her. Unfortunately, her view of reality and actions therewith have been unhealthful…

Trumpxit

The United States, long in a death spiral — from actions by ‘educated’ liberals and conservatives, has been given a new lease on life. Can the lies that Americans tell themselves (so evident in this election) give way to a more truthful society under Trump?

Love in the Ruins

November 6, 2016 – Fifth Avenue, NYC

Hillary is Finished

“We are going to have to dump all those e-mails.” John Podesta March 2, 2015

Unsafe Space

Donald Trump may have harassed women, but Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama raped and murdered the entire countries of Libya and Syria with their calls (and support) for regime change at the behest of patrons. Say what you want to about Trump, but Trump as president might be less likely to start a war with Russia. He seems pathetic, but the status quo (leadership) in America…