Michael BettencourtZucotti Park or BustThe punditocracy and chattering classes (a marvelous phrase) whine about the weirdness of the crowd and a lack of a demands-list and the fluid agenda, but of course they miss the point, either willfully/cynically or through their hard-acquired ignorance. The message is three-part, and it is clear: 1) the 99% have been shafted and don't want to be shafted anymore; 2) either we have corporatocracy or democracy, but we can't have both; and the most important 3) it's time that the power structure fears its citizens rather than the other way around.
Arthur MeiselmanThe Q FactorFrom George Santayana and others:to ignore history is to be doomed to repeat it. True? Perhaps, with this caveat: the human species is a collective of behavior, habitual, ritual, repetitive behavior—not doomed to repeat its history, ratherself-programmed to recycle itself…and its history. Nathan ThomasOK! I wrote them The essence of most of the arguments against Shakespeare as a playwright boils down to snobbery. Some people simply seem to believe an education in some formal academic setting is necessary to produce greatness. Such an argument, though, ignores the reality of genius without the assistance of formal schooling. In the American experience, we can point to the example of Abraham Lincoln.Les MarcottSend In The ClownsThe 2012 Edition. This is a column I seem doomed to repeat every four years because every four years we elect a new president or reelect the current White House occupant. The summer of our discontent will surely turn into the fall and winter of increased agitation and frustration with the current state of our political process. The Occupy Wall Street movement is but the latest in a series of disillusioned groups trying to influence the political landscape.
Claudine Jonesmanual Labor & a six-buck ChickenWould waiting offstage for my cue these days be any different than the anticipation of that crust on my bread just out of the oven?
FILM (reviews)Drive, The DebtTwo recent movie thrillers deal with a theme as old as Greek tragedyMiles David Moore
WRITINGAn Invitation to Gertrude Stein's Tea PartyWhat kind of Jew was Stein? She was an assimilated American Jew, born in PennsylvaniaKarren Alenier
POETRY What's in the Wheelbarrow Today?I've never raised chickens; but my wheelbarrow is red, and in the winter it's occasionally glazed with rainwater.David Alpaugh
FILM, OPERA, PHOTOGRAPHYwith Pina, Salome and ClaudeFor the tourist who doesn't know the dark, mysterious richness and history.Renate Stendhal
BOOKSThe Night CircusMorgenstern's much-hyped novel does not draw the reader in to either the characters' inner lives or their true natures. Catherine Conway Honig
The Compelling Kronos Quartet Because the Steiny Road Poet is collaborating with a composer whose music base is electronic, she is making special note of the September 16, 2011, concert she heard by Kronos Quartet at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.Karren Alenier
Why The F Not?A while back, Heffalumps deplored the coarsening of our culture. Citing ads for a "wide-ass" fan and the popular movie "Kick Ass," I begged, all of us, including your self-righteously indignant scribe, to swear less and cut back on obscenities in our speech and writing. Have you forgotten? Well, bleep you and all of your progeny!Kathi Wolfe
POETRYMysteriesLyric Poem for HYPATIAGriselda Steiner
Label America: BrokenI don't know what my label should be. Labels are what make so many of us comfortable with ourselves since it helps define the world we live in.Lia Beachy
COMICSMy Old Man!The Purple GangAn ongoing series by Scene4's resident mad cartoonistElliot Feldman
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