- Paris and Provence: 26 May 2003, Photographs
- Hollywood (this week): June 1, 2003 Photographs
- Cute Animals, including a Hedgehog: June 8, 2003 Photographs
- Summer Photographs - Paris, Hollywood and Pipes
June 22, 2003 Photographs
- Local Oddities (Hollywood) - signs and storefronts
you won't see in Peoria in June 29, 2003 Photographs
- Guest photographer John Slater in the misty
mountains really high above Sunset in July 6, 2003 Photographs along with Fourth of July shots around this part of Hollywood.
- Deep in the Hollywood Hills, and a Birth in Hollywood
in July 13, 2003 - Photographs
- Los Angeles Harbor: a Korean pagoda, three lighthouses,
the wind and the ocean in July 27, 2003 Photography
- This must be the Crossroads of the World. Hollywood Sunday morning in
August 3, 2003 Photography
- Los Angeles imitates Western Europe, which may indeed
be only a remote sound-stage for Hollywood in August 10, 2003 Photography
- Outside the Door in Southern California (Hollywood
and Carlsbad) in August 17, 2003 Photography
- Odd Items in Hollywood (Hollywood and Highland)
in August 24, 2003 Photography
- Labor Day: storefronts, tall buildings, trees
and a bronze Beverly Hills rabbit in
September 1, 2003 Photography
- Mulholland Drive in September 7, 2003 Photography
- An odd storefront and a quiet sunset
in September 14, 2003 Photography
- My good friend and his wife are in France this week,
so I'm daydreaming. Perhaps in December.... See a bit of France in September 21, 2003 Photography
- The fine arts and not so fine arts in Cincinnati - The Rosenthal
Center and "street art" (Batzilla) in October 5, 2003 Photography
- Los Angeles Beaches: Santa Monica, Venice Beach
and the Marina in October 12, 2003 Photography
- Los Angeles does have a "downtown" really. In October 19, 2003 Photography
- The Los Angeles Philharmonic's new home, Frank Gehry's newest building, the Walt Disney
Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and other scary Halloween stuff in October 26, 2003 Photography
- The part of Los Angeles that didn't burn. The Palos Verdes Peninsula, Catalina
and Manhattan Beach in November 2, 2003 Photography
- A rare rainy day in Los Angeles in November 9, 2003 Photography
- Sunset in Los Angeles, and in Hyannis, Massachusetts
in November 16, 2003 Photography
- Location shots for future films, and the Hollywood footprints
of dead celebrities in November 23, 2003 Photography
- On the way to the Inn of the Seventh Ray via Mysterious Topanga Canyon,
and the immediate feng shui here, in November 30, 2003 Photography
- Christmas in the City of the Angels in December 21, 2003 Photography
- Botanicals in December 28, 2003, Photography
- The New, Surreal 2004 in Hollywood in January 4, 2004 Photography
- On the Block Where I Live (January in Hollywood) in January 11, 2004, Photography
- Winter Photos by Martin Hewitt (New York) in
January 18, 2004 Photography
- Hollywood Noir (black and white studies) in
January 25, 2004 Photography
- Winter Trees in February 1, 2004 Photography
- They really haven't paved paradise and put up a parking lot!
in February 8, 2004 Photography
- Details (seashells and such) in February 15, 2004 Photography
- They say it never rains in Southern California!
Full size shots in February 23, 2004 Photography
|Associate Editor, Harriet-the-Cat
Articles and Other Text:
2, Number 8 Monday, February 23, 2004
- Religion: Some of us think life is a bit too dukkha these days, but some of us don't.
- Political Losers: Musical Chairs - Colin Powell loses
- Military Talk: Kerry, Edwards, Reverend Al and Denny - Take a Break!
- Election Notes: New information that will have some impact on the upcoming election...
- The Economy: Fixing the job situation in an otherwise booming economy...
- Odds and Ends: Doctor Dean is gone, but we'll always have good science...
2, Number 7 Sunday, February 15, 2004
- The Economy: Should we stand by and hope?
- Mailbag - The Puritan Dialogs: From Houston to Paris via Boston
- Religion: From Mel Gibson (Serious) to the Pope a Pogo-Stick (Not)
- Leadership (2): Plato's Cave, the Titanic in the Caribbean?
- Why We Fight (3): The Evolving Consensus View for Perplexed Americans
- Comedy: Political Comedy This Week (Picking on Southerners)
- France: All the world envies the United States and wants to be just like us!
- Odds and Ends: Minor odd items...
- Book Notes: Albert Camus? Meet Paul Wolfowitz.
- Quotes: New useful, pithy observations this week!
Volume 2, Number 6 Sunday, February 8,
- Why We Fight: Revisionist Logic to Make Us Feel Good (and Noble)
- Competitions: This is not to say we are a shallow, frivolous people...
- Leadership: Is our leader dumb as a post, a liar, or mad as a hatter?
- Trends or Anomalies: Born Again at 35,000 Feet and Busted in Des Moines
- Allusions: One last reference to Jonathan Swift
- Sidebars: Evidence of drug related program activities is a serious matter!
- Odd and Ends: The Bumper-Sticker Version Of Existentialism
- Book Notes: On the importance of being dubious...
- The Arts: The Third International Conference on Neuroesthetics
Volume 2, Number 5 Sunday, February 1, 2004
- The Rich: Feeding the fantasies that keep ordinary life from being overwhelming...
- Sexual Politics: The problem with strong, educated women with opinions...
- News Wrap: Where is Swift when we really need him?
- Evil is Easy: It is NOT George Bush or Dick Cheney or Karl Rove... It is us.
- Spooks and Spies: Why George Should Call Lord Hutton and See if Hutton is Free Next Week
- Anger Management: Not too Swift...
- Good Deeds: Guantánamo: We are a good, kind and generous nation after all!
- The Uses of the Past: Bush - Not a deserter, maybe just AWOL
- Sidebars: Mind Games (Bush and Ellsberg)
- Odd and Ends: This Week in the World of Humor and Satire
Volume 2, Number 4 Sunday, January 25, 2004
- Escape: Thoughts on chucking it all and moving to France, and a Henri Cartier-Bresson bonus
- Quotes: Three More Useful, Pithy Observations
Volume 2, Number 3 Sunday, January 18, 2004
- Science: Being timid can kill you...
- Quotes: Useful, Pithy Observations
- Film Notes: Will Harry and Hermione get down and dirty?
- Book Notes: John Gardner - No Happy Endings
- Music Notes: European Union Directive 2003/10/EC - The End of Classical Music As We Know It
Volume 2, Number 2 Sunday, January
- Books: Political Bombshells Dropping Left and Right.
- Music: John Cage in Persepective
Volume 2, Number 1
Sunday, January 4, 2004
Film Notes: Cowboys and Indians (Tolkien and Bush)
Books: Orson Welles and his Psychoanalyst...
Music Notes: Gotta have more of that "world music" stuff...
Volume 1, 2003
Volume 1, Number 27 Sunday, December 28, 2003
Gift Theory: Toward a Unified Theory of Christmas Presents (Scrooge Revisited)
Film Follow-Up: The Return of the King - as seen by a columnist who claims to be a novelist, a Christian libertarian and
member of both Mensa and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Kerry's pretentious Yale parrot and how the perfidious French
are undermining everything good in America in Odds and Ends
Volume 1, Number 26 Sunday, December 21,
Books: The Globalization of Everything but Paris
Film: Return of the King - three hours of atavistic classicism, racism and xenophobia as if the age of
reason never happened
Music: Garner, Glass and Reich (and Edward Hopper)
December 2003 Links and Recommendations: Christmas in Paris updated; New Years Eve in Paris added
(with menus) - and two new pages of useful links: Everything Los Angeles and Links to Media in French, Worldwide
Volume 1, Number 25 Sunday, November 30, 2003
- November 23, 2003: Why We Fight - The Moral Case for War, the Revised Manifest Destiny Argument, and the Neo-Crusades
- November 30, 2003 - Winning Hearts and Minds - Collective Punishment and Official Censorship don't cut it
- November 30, 2003 Us - As Seen by Them - From Bangladesh to a Lord of England sitting on its highest court, it seems people are a bit displeased
with how we have gone about making the world a safer and a better place.
- November 30, 2003 Sidebars - More on the Massachusetts decision regarding gay marriage, and "civil disobedience"
- November 30, 2003 Odds and Ends « L'horreur! » Police on rollerblades, Monet disturbed, and the police in Oslo getting very,
New December 2003 Links and Recommendations added November 30, 2003: Christmas in Paris: holiday events and live webcams, and
a live webcam of the beach here!
Volume 1, Number 24 Sunday, November 23, 2003
- November 23, 2003: Why We Fight: Orwell on Steroids - Was the War Legal and Why Did We Wage It?
- History: November 23, 2003: Forty Years Ago - Kennedy, Huxley, Lewis Some thoughts on Kennedy, Huxley, Lewis and Jello Biafra
- Culture: November 23, 2003: Michael Jackson, Gay Marriage? Actually, the two items are not related, but in separate columns....
- November 23, 2003 Sidebars
- Back to the Israelis and the Palestinians, again
- For the bilingual and "near bilingual" of you...
- Bush in England (but Bush is not America)
- November 23, 2003 Odds and Ends
- I'm sure he's not fearful of English food ...
- Wine with dinner? You must be an anti-Bush
December 2003 Links and Recommendations added new links to affiliated sites - published by people this editor knows, and consults...
Volume 1, Number 23 Sunday, November 16, 2003
- On getting beyond self-righteous hate and holier-than-thou
posturing in November 16, 2003 Opinion
- In November 16, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Umberto Eco and me - translation is tricky...
- Film: A follow up on the Jessica Lynch movie, with a nod to Gene Kelly and MGM
- Music: Paris Tango not heard in Buenos Aires gets "shown" in Tokyo.
- In one column, a legal issue - should McDonalds sue Merriam-Webster?
In another, a discussion of garden gnomes. In November 16, 2003 Mail
- In November 16, 2003 Other Mail
- Kangaroos near Paris?
- More on "Words, words, words" - are these terrorists or resistance
fighters? Is the press pre-loading public opinion or not?
- President Bush and NAKED WOMEN! ... and an
ironic Reuters dispatch at the end. In November 16, 2003 Odds and Ends
- Full court transcript of the Fox-Franken hearing in December 2003 Links and Recommendations
- "Cut and Run?" Leaving Iraq in November 16, 2003 Sidebars
Volume 1, Number 22 Sunday, November 9, 2003
Phillip Raines on James Brown in I WAS JUST THIS CLOSE
In November 9, 2003 Reviews
- In Defense of Los Angeles: Steven Hawking, Jacques Derrida, Aldous Huxley and the Rand
Corporation in November 9, 2003 Opinion
Iraq. Getting things right in an occupation
not going so well. "If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens." Really?
Readers discuss this and offer alternatives in November 9, 2003 Mail
In November 9, 2003 Other Mail
- Books: Kurt Vonnegut discusses humanism, and his
new but unfinished novel...
- Film: Jessica and Elizabeth get their movies, for no apparent reason...
- Music: James Brown, an appreciation by Phillip Raines
In November 9, 2003 Odds and Ends the French take on lemmings and Harry Potter, and suggestions regarding Mecca Cola and Salam
November 16, 2003 Sidebars this week:
- Drugs and the Fourth Amendment - making sense of
nonsense regarding improper search, probable cause and all that.
- Words, words, words - are these terrorists or resistance fighters?
Is the press pre-loading public opinion or not?
- On the uses of humiliation as a tool for foreign policy,
and a teaching method, and as a management tool...
- A retired "hawk" (Zbigniew Brzezinski) has
a problem with the current war...
Volume 1, Number 21 Sunday, November 2, 2003
- The Frame Game - a professor of linguistics and cognitive
science explains the overwhelming success of conservative Republicans, and a blogger suggests "People like that can
get us all killed." In November 2, 2003 Opinion
- The American Story - "It's true, it's true, it's really true!"
In November 16, 2003 Sidebars
- In November 2, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Words and Music - Elevated and Simplified
Language (Johnny Mercer, Abe Lincoln, George Bush)
- Film: You CAN go home again because the
Ozzie and Harriet house is for sale!
- Music: The "Catalina" that is not
an island but actually a jazz club...
- After a careful analysis of the implications of having a president
who not only does not believe in evolution, but also believes he was chosen by God to bring about the apocalypse, friends
in Atlanta, Boston and Hollywood discuss The Rapture. Will we be left behind? Probably.
In November 2, 2003 Mail
- In November 2, 2003 Other Mail
- Bushisms - making sense of nonsense
- Notes on Fox suing Fox
- November 2, 2003 Odds and Ends from France this week
- A new link to a superb, detailed guide to some great
restaurants in France in December 2003 Links and Recommendations
Volume 1, Number 20 Sunday, October 26, 2003
- The Epistemology of the News. If epistemology is the study or a theory
of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity, then we have an issue. How
do we know what's true? In October 26, 2003 Opinion
- In October 12, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Mark Twain? Is he still dead?
- Film: Bleak Chic (a subset of "chick flicks") examined...
- Music: The First Viennese Vegetable Orchestra is touring again.
- God and Country. Our Crusade to Rid the World of Evil. In October 26, 2003 Mail
- Real men. The only ones. Republicans. The dialog continues in October 26, 2003 Other Mail
- Canadian cars and sex, the Virgin Mary tree stump, and Fish on Prozac in October 26, 2003 Odds and Ends
Volume 1, Number 19 Sunday, October 19, 2003
- Thoughts on nailing mashed potatoes to a wall. Or - "We report, you decide." "Disseminating
Ignorance." Basically, how watching the news can actually sometimes make you dumber, and have you believe things
that just aren't so. In October 19, 2003 Opinion
- In October 19, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Scholarly Paranoia - A Study of Institutionalized Meanness
- Film: It takes about four hours to learn all the necessary skills to make a movie? Maybe so.
Ask Claude Chabrol.
- Music: Seventies Rock and Roll Dies, and Irving Berlin Lives. Rod Stewart explores the
- Class Warfare / Political Warfare or Who's meaner, conservatives or liberals?
/ The rich deserve a tax break? In October 19, 2003 Mail
- Real men. The only ones. Republicans. Dean and Clarke and
the rest don't even have a chance. In October 19, 2003 Other Mail
- In October 19, 2003 Odds and Ends
- Everyone really wants to be an American
- Jazz as a weapon of war
- Four political meta-sites added to December 2003 Links and Recommendations
Volume 1, Number 18 Sunday, October 12, 2003
- The California Recall Election - A Dialog Concerning
Political Theory, Arnold Shwarzenegger and Alexander Hamilton in October 12, 2003 Opinion
- Book review: Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections
on Dealing With the Death Penalty by Scott Turow in October 12, 2003 Reviews
- Copyright, Libel, Slander - Danger on the Websites,
as seen from Atlanta, Paris and Hollywood (using George Bush and Larry Flynt and, indirectly, Descartes to
illustrate the issues) in October 12, 2003 Mail
- Will the Kurds get their way? Probably not.
In October 12, 2003 Other Mail
- Odd Pronouncements About Diplomacy. A thoughtful
writer says we should try to be more like the French, or at least we should treat the French as if they were Canadian,
while a Christian conservative leader claims he would be pleased if some patriotic American bombed our own State Department
with a nuclear weapon. In October 12, 2003 Odds and Ends
Volume 1, Number 17 October 5, 2003
- Politics: The week the country started splitting in two...
in October 5, 2003 Opinion
- In October 5, 2003 October 5, 2003 Reviews
- BOOKS: The case for tolerating your local religious
fanatic as mostly harmless - Americans and their Faith(s)
- MOVIES: A subversive film on your television at
home this week: Dr Strangelove
- MUSIC: If the Dixie Chicks sang about what they
say... Rickie Lee Jones has a new album that turns left.
- Canadian politicians on drugs? A multi-national
discussion in October 5, 2003 Mail
- Liberals cannot take a joke (Fox News gets CNN)
or are conservatives mean-spirited? Another multi-national discussion in October 5, 2003 Other Mail
- Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sex and Outrage and, a bonus
- The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld in October 5, 2003 Odd and Ends
Volume 1, Number 16 September 21, 2003
- Thomas Hobbes, "Big Minh" and how the world works - getting
what you want (more notes on diplomacy by insult and assassination) in September 21, 2003 Opinion
- In September 21, 2003 Reviews
- BOOKS: LBJ guilty of murder? The colorful
folks currently in Washington
- MOVIES: Collective guilt as a theological concept, and Hollywood
marketing tool: Mel Gibson and the ADL
- MUSIC: Beethoven, skinny and popping speed...
- Free Enterprise, a Poem in Poem
- Chain letter - "If you haven't accepted Jesus as
your personal savior and decided to follow Christ, well, sit down and shut up! And don't be offended." This is
in September 21, 2003 Mail
- Political satire gets passed along the internet,
and Just Above Sunset is asked to promote dissent in September 21, 2003 Other Mail
- Objectivity at CNN, military training software and fried
potato sticks in September 21, 2003 Odd and Ends
Volume 1, Number 15 September 14, 2003
- Leadership, Management Theory and Saying You're Sorry
or That You Need Help in September 14, 2003 Opinion
- In September 14, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Military History - from Shiloh to Baghdad
by way of ancient Greece with a stop in Okinawa...
- Movies: Smoke and mirrors - notes on attending a Hollywood
- Music: Upcoming pop music events...
- International Chatter: Britney Spears on patriotism,
as seen from London, Paris, Atlanta, New York and Hollywood in September 14, 2003 Mail
- In September 14, 2003 Odd and Ends
- Listening to angry talk radio...
- The Italian Job - Silvio Berlusconi defends Mussolini
- The way things are going: The Bush-Sharon solution
has its curious appeal?
Volume 1, Number 14 September 7, 2003
- This week in the world of diplomacy (on winning
back the cooperation of those you've tried to humiliate) in September 7, 2003 Opinion
- In September 7, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Talking with terrorists and Bill O'Reilly, a new book
on violence in God's name
- Movies: Still offensive after all these years: the ultimate
Monty Python movie...
- Music: Jazz Notes
- Near the treehouse -
- The mail flies back and forth regarding the
success of the American economy in September 7, 2003 Mail "Light"
- The mail flies back and forth regarding life, death, murder,
abortion and Monty Python in September 7, 2003 Mail "Heavy"
Volume 1, Number 13 September 1, 2003
- On telling others to "just shut up" in September 1, 2003 Opinion
- In September 1, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Our readers recommend....
- Film: The Pentagon has a French Film Festival, sort of...
- Music: Randy Newman anticipated the neo-conservative agenda, of course...
- The mail flies back and forth regarding the Ten Commandments in Alabama and in history, and the mail
flies from Albany to Paris and back regrading a high-level practical joke in September 1, 2003 Mail
- Four most curious items from the business pages - Prescott Bush, Halliburton, the SCAQMD and Wal-Mart
in September 1, 2003 Odds and Ends
Volume 1, Number 12 August 24, 2003
- The week: our child prisoners in Cuba, WorldCom and a British reporter
leaves America in August 24, 2003 Opinion
- The much anticipated second installment of the photo-essay by Phillip Raines about The Treehouse in North Florida
in Treehouse Chronicles
- One of our readers, Gayle Lelyveld, explains what it was really like - she was there in The Blackout (NYC)
- August 24, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Al Franken is NOT Laurence Sterne
- Film: The Essential Adolescent Art Form
- Music: Bugs Bunny and Vivaldi. Really! This does all fit together.
- A bit of dialog with a Canadian friend about the economy, and how folks up there see things a bit differently,
in August 24, 2003 Mail
- A continuation of a meme - regarding last week's rant on Republicans and Coups d'Etat in August 24, 2003 Odds and Ends
Volume 1, Number 11 August 17, 2003
- The way conservatives think, and the way liberals think, and "mystical"
Americans in August 17, 2003 Opinion
- Two essays that raise good questions from Bill Nichols
in August 17, 2003 Guest Commentary - on buying a used car and buying what we're sold, and a follow-up on Machismo as a foreign policy position
- In August 17, 2003 Reviews
- Books - Fox sues Franken and other matters
- Film - Louis Malle's film about Dick Cheney?
Well, kind of, sort of ...
- Music - Miles Davis, recording the soundtrack for
a feature film in one afternoon...
- The French are dead. And whining about it. Huh?
In August 17, 2003 Mail
- Minor rants about Republicans and small items in August 17, 2003 Odds and Ends
- And August 17, 2003 Links and Recommendations
Volume 1, Number 10 August 10, 2003
- California Politics and the Events of This Week - "The chi done gone." in August 10, 2003 Opinion
- In August 10, 2003 Reviews
- Mister Blue (Garrison Keillor) returns from a failed dot-com magazine...
- Jerry Lewis and the French Intellectual Tradition
- If you had been in Los Angeles you could have seen... (recent stage performances)
- War Crimes - Or Just Standing Up for Yourself? From Dresden to Tokyo to Inglewood to Baghdad in August 10, 2003 Mail
- Stuff beyond category in August 10, 2003 Odds and Ends like a butter sculpture and head-butting elderly movie stars.
Volume 1, Number 9 August
Volume 1, Number 8 July 27, 2003
- Two Weeks of Odd Reversals in July 27, 2003 Opinion
July 27, 2003 Reviews
- Books: Did Greta Garbo really want to be alone? Does anyone? Maybe they do.
- Movies: I live in Hollywood. Don't we all?
Connecting Mick Jagger, Vaclav Havel, Bill Clinton and Frank Zappa
- Who is lying about what these days and what
that means for America. Predicting the future. More pointed email bouncing between Hollywood, New York City,
Paris and Atlanta in July 27, 2003 Mail
Volume 1, Number 7 July
- When is it Time to Walk Away from America? in July 13, 2003 - Opinion
Raines' extraordinary photo-essay on the treehouse he built deep in the wilds of northern Florida in The Treehouse by Phillip Raines
Klingler on "The Next Napa" and the extraordinary wines, and wineries of Paso Robles in Paso Robles - the Next Napa
Jonathan Swift would say about Merrill Lynch were Swift still around / A test for readers who think they know a lot about
the movies / Sex and Bach and Canada in July 13, 2003 - Reviews
- The messages have been flying between Atlanta and Paris, via Hollywood, regarding the French
and the French language in July 13, 2003 - Mail
Volume 1, Number 6 July 6, 2003
Volume 1, Number 5 June 29, 2003
Volume 1, Number 4 June 22, 2003
Observations - Church and State (God Told Me To Hate You) June 22, 2003 Opinion
- Additional Commentary Added:
-- Albert Camus and Woody Allen and Anhedonia, New and Old Stars in Hollywood, Duke Ellington and Tangos in Paris (current
tangos, not last tangos) June 22, 2003 Reviews
- Where a Canadian (Sarah Wall) answers those who dismiss our friends up north. June 22, 2003 Mail
Volume 1, Number 3 June 8, 2003
- Two Canadian writers explain the French to us, or, do words really matter? June 8, 2003 Opinion along with the open forums (see June 1)...
- Automatic Writing Resources, Thoughts on Chick Flicks and Puccini, and a bit on French Electro-Trance Tango: June 8, 2003 Reviews
- Readers weigh in on what is "happiness" -- a riff on a speech by Susan Sontag: June 8, 2003 Mail
Issue 1, Volume 2 June 1, 2003
thoughts on the core issues between Conservatives and Liberals: June 1, 2003 Opinion and six "Quick Hits"
Book All About Luck, How To Get Your Very Own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Album Reviews, TSF Jazz in Paris:
June 1, 2003 Reviews
Writer, Phillip Raines: Phillip's Tale
Brown's discussion of democracy and what governments are actually supposed to do: June 1, 2003 Mail
Issue 1, Volume 1 May 26, 2003