Archive for April, 2007

The Present Crisis [Written in 1844, this poem provided inspiration for the leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. When deciding on a name for their new publication in 1910 they agreed that the name of their magazine should be The Crisis.] WHEN a deed is done for Freedom, through the […]

Steel-bright in its upper range and, at its best, silky smooth, it was possessed of a purity somehow impervious to both the stress of singing above a twelve-piece band and the urgency of Rushing’s own blazing fervor. On dance nights, when you stood on the rise of the school grounds two blocks to the east, […]

America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain. It’s ‘winner take nothing’ that is the great truth of our country or of any country. Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Our fate is to […]

Henry Allen in the Washington Post: David Halberstam was out to save the world back in the ’60s and ’70s when a lot of smart people believed that journalism would save the world, and Halberstam was just the man to lead the way, a big, bombastic man with big shoulders and features and a face […]

Vaclav Havel


On July 4, 1994, Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, gave a speech which might be called a state of the times address, while standing in front of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell and receiving The Philadelphia Liberty Medal. “Today, this state of mind or of the human world is called post-modernism. For me, a […]

human inertia, from the blog Yeah, Whatever do you believe in addiction? at times i have, and at times i have not. now i want to redefine it, at least for myself. i believe addiction is primarily human inertia. let me explain…

“Unlike an animal, man is no longer told by drives and instincts what he must do. And in contrast to man in former times, he is no longer told by traditions and values what he should do. Now, knowing neither what he must do nor what he should do, he sometimes does not even know […]