Archives For Poetry, Prose & Quotes

photo by Bob Parker ©2008 Quote by Harold Pinter from “The Art of Theater III” as quoted in The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsey, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, The Art of Writing, and Everything else in the World since 1953. New York: Picador, 2003 (page […]

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How Does this Fit?

May 18, 2008 — 2 Comments

Photo by Bob Parker ©2008 Quote from “They Thought They Were Free” by Milton Mayer, University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London: 1955 Here is something to suggest that social, psychological, historical, and political processes are universal; time and place are essentially irrelevant except as how specific scenarios manifest at any given moment in history. […]

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click photo for larger image photo by Bob Parker © 2008 Quote by Italo Calvino from Invisible Cities, p145 Thanks to the ACLU and the Freedom of Information Act, recent confirmations have come to light that top Bush administration aides, actively overseen by the Vice-President and fully sanctioned by the President, drafted the legal opinions […]

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Language and power

April 10, 2008 — 2 Comments

© Bob Parker 2008 (Quote on propaganda is adapted from The Complete Works of W. H. Auden: Prose, Volume III, 1949-1955, edited by Edward Mendelson, pub. Princeton University Press 1/08 as quoted in Harpers Magazine, December 2007 p. 21). (Bottom photo: Veterans for Peace Arlington Northwest memorial cemetery, Renton WA 2005 . The American death […]

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The US Mission and Auden

March 31, 2008 — 3 Comments

While visiting New York City last fall, I noticed a foreboding edifice being constructed across the street from the United Nations. © 2008 Bob Parker This high-rise bunker, which lacks any discernible windows in its hulking mass, will house the U.S. Mission to the UN. Its design reflects a disturbing duality: the inability of occupants […]

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