The Sad End of Mao Dun

During my first trip to China in March 1981, I had no idea that one of the great figures of twentieth century Chinese literature was passing away: Mao Dun, the pen name for Shen Yanbing, novelist and author of Midnight, the social realist novel of Shanghai in the 1930's. Long a place of interest, going …

Katrina Reflections, One Year Out

Last year, when Hurricane Katrina did her destruction on the Gulf, we spent a good deal time on the subject, as we had spent a good deal of time in South Louisiana in years past. Some of our postings were as follows: When Your Metairie is Wiped Out Prayer and the French Quarter Reflections on …

Throwing the Minstrels Out of the House

Without a doubt one of the strangest passages of the King James Version of the Bible is as follows: While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And …

A Ninth Anniversary, and a New Face for Our Blog

The end of August represents this site's ninth anniversary. It was in 1997--right about the time Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed careened into eternity in Paris--that we started this page's predecessor. Many things have changed since that time, not the least of which is the advent of blogging. In a sense, this page has been …

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