This week there are five extended essays on current events - in detail and in depth and explained below - three columns from Ric Erickson, Our Man in Paris (two with photos) - and seventeen pages of startling Southern California photography, which would be more architecture from Hollywood's Golden Age, the Route 66 car show and its madness, the Sunset Strip and much better botanical shots - there's a lot here.
And there are the weekly diversions - quotes on what to do about the facts, and the weekly dose of the weird from our friend in Texas.
Direct links to specific pages -
Extended Observations on Current Events ______________________________
Intelligence - Reality Takes a Holiday - Do the facts really show what they seem to show? People disagree.
Paying Attention - Short Term, Long Term - What's news and what's not, depending on your attention span…
Watching the Barometer - Political storms on the horizon…
The Big Day - Some might argue that Thursday, September 28, 2006, was a defining day in American history, and you don't get those too often. This may have been one.
Truthiness - A Dialog on the Facts of the Matter - What readers are saying about what you can believe and why…
The International Desk ______________________________
Our Man in Paris is Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis. This week offers three columns from that city.
The first is In the Old Country - the news from Paris in the manner of the 'Letter from Paris' the late Janet Flanner used to write for the New Yorker. Ric is just back in Paris after a month in New York, oddly enough. Over here we're all arguing about the war - and just what is the reality of the situation. There? He explains.
The second concerns music - A True Beatles Story - and more, Coltrane, and that Varda woman.
The third - All the Moaning, All the Woe - the Auto Salon - covers the Mondial de l'Auto - the international automobile show underway there now, and he snapped shots of some very odd cars.
Southern California Photography ______________________________
Hollywood Architecture - The North Harper Avenue Historic District
- Neighborhood Ghosts - Marlene Dietrich
- Norma Talmadge Glamour
- In Old Monterey
- Getting Real
- Hidden Hideout
- Angels in the Neighborhood
Botanicals - Extreme Roses
Quotes for the Week: The Problem with the Facts
Weird, Bizarre and Unusual: Even More from Our Friend in Texas