Lest We Forget — Lee Miller at a Moment in Time

| November 10, 2018

“How they set it up. She cannot be shown nude (this is LIFE, not Man Ray); a figurine on the table does the trick. In front of the bath, her combat boots, ‘the dust of Dachau still on them’ according to Scherman. And at the back on the left, the portrait. It is a voodoo […]

Lest We Forget — A Timeless Word From Noël Coward

| November 4, 2018

“The war brought front of mind that sense of patriotism that was fundamental to his nature. “Cavalcade had been the most overt and sustained expression to date. At the end of it the heroine, Jane Marryot, gives her toast to the Future — as she has done through the decades we’ve shared with her in […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 29: Oedipe

| October 29, 2018

You will recall that things veered toward the Classical back on Day 22, and that was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is the story of a young man’s destiny. When Oedipe (Oedipus … yes, that one)  learns it’s to kill his father and marry his mother instead of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 28: When the Blind Lead the Blind

| October 28, 2018

“To be a Man possessed of Masculinity, experiencing the near daily necessity to engage in social intercourse or commerce with the unschooled males abroad in the land today, is to know the reality in the spirit of the other of what, “… feels inherently unreal ….”. To be unsurprised at a society proclaiming the necessity […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 27: Lost Interviews

| October 27, 2018

I occasionally reveal some aspects of my childhood and upbringing here with absolutely no intention of ever actually explaining myself. As to that, Goode Reader, neither should you lest you find out the hard way that self-justification serves no purpose in a fulfilling Life. No, I believe it better to leave the Great Unwashed stuck […]

Dark Sentiment Season 9 — Day 25: Unrequited Love

| October 25, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is about an all too common, and ever so toxic, affair of the heart — unrequited love. For clarity, let’s agree on a formal definition of that term: Unrequited love or one-sided love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such by the beloved. The beloved may not be […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 24: Sperm … Count

| October 24, 2018

In the Summer of the year 2010, I published a poem here called A Codger’s Lament that spoke of semen samples, sperm counts, and the agonies of travail. I recommend clicking here to read it before going further. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment also speaks to the agonies of travail, in quest of the same outcome … […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 23: Lest We Remember

| October 23, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is about memories. In my conceit, I will posit that I’m a pretty good story teller. I often bring that skill to bear when teaching or simply explaining something to one or more people, by telling an entertaining anecdote, and this may at times be drawn directly from personal experience. In one […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 22: Mytho Logique

| October 22, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is all about truth, lies, and the perils of clinging exclusively to either. Mytho Logique begins with a lovers’ tiff, and goes downhill from there. Spoiler: Society, then, now and forever, may resemble this remark.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 16: Edgar Allan Poe

| October 16, 2018

“One hundred and sixty-one years ago today, a light of dark genius was extinguished forever under bizarre circumstances that remain unclear to this day. At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday, 7 October 1849, at the end of several days of delirium, Edgar Allan Poe regained complete consciousness only long enough to speak his last words […]