Category Archives: The Passing Scene

Some Disparate Thoughts on Language Learning

Aeon an digital magazine committed to spreading knowledge and a cosmopolitan world view, recently carried a piece about the struggle under way throughout the world to preserve so-called minority languages.  In some cases, the term minority is applied generously.   Many of these … Continue reading

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A Cult Leader or Simply a Frightened Little Man?

Earlier this morning, I finished a rather fascinating article exploring whether the Kim dynasty has essentially managed to construct nationwide cult, one so entrapped in its dogma and mysticism that it would gladly sacrifice itself in the face of American … Continue reading

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Westworld: An Enduring Science Fiction Legacy

Last night, I watched the troubling and highly dystopian film Westworld.  A long time has passed since my first viewing in 1973 in the Cinema Twin Theater in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with my old boyhood chum, Joey Johnson. The movie … Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Cruising Memory

Every time I watch American Graffiti, the classic movie about American cruising culture, I’m invariably reminded of our own cruising tradition in my hometown of Russellville, Alabama. Some long-term courtships and even a few marriages were forged during those long … Continue reading

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Lessons from Fraternity Life

Reminiscent of an old-time Baptist minister stumping for temperance during a wet/dry referendum in the Deep South, Bloomberg News senior editor John Hechinger argues that “alcohol is the well-spring of fraternity vice” in a column that appeared today in the … Continue reading

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The Banners of Freedom and Eccentricity: Long May They Wave!

Regarding this recent dustup over President Trump’s call to fire NFL players who refuse to salute the flag, I find myself agreeing with a guy named John Gabriel, editor of the center-right site known as Ricochet.com. Gabriel points out – … Continue reading

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Southern Academia’s Palpable Confederate Legacy

Aside from being Orwellian, the effort under way at many of the South’s premiere universities to expunge their Confederate past strikes me as, well, a bit Kafkaesque, if not a little tragicomedic. For better or worse, the Confederacy has left … Continue reading

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