Archive for USA

“The knife is real, the blood is real, and the emotions are real.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 7 February 2014 by delclem


An interview with the famous Serbian American artist Marina Abramović
(with many photos of her spectacular body performances) > full text
(c) A Sky filled with Shooting Stars, 2010


“The Folly of Empire”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 13 October 2013 by delclem

“The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. So did the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires.” >essay & illustration (c) 2013

‘Banality of Evil’ Revisited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 20 August 2013 by delclem

Hannah Arendt employed this memorable phrase in both the subtitle and closing words of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, her book on the trial of Nazi lieutenant-colonel Adolf Eichmann. To Arendt’s mind, Eichmann willingly did his part to organize the Holocaust — and an instrumental part it was — out of neither anti-semitism nor pure malice, but out of a non-ideological, entirely more prosaic combination of careerism and obedience. Readers have argued ever since its publication about this characterization, and those with a special interest in how Arendt arrived there can find in the New Yorker‘s online archives the original series of “Eichmann in Jerusalem” articles out of which the book grew.”>full text
(c) OPEN CULTURE, 2013


Wilhelm Reich: genius, charlatan, victim?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 19 July 2013 by delclem

10e5f05792a98f730d0620b33a756068 “It was the greatest incidence of scientific persecution in American history.

In July of 1947, Dr Wilhelm Reich—a brilliant but troubled psychoanalyst who had once been Freud’s most promising student, who had enraged the Nazis and the Stalinists as well as the psychoanalytic, medical and scientific communities, who had survived two World Wars and fled to New York—was dying in a prison cell in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania, accused by the government of being a medical fraud engaged in a ‘sex racket’.” >more (c) 2013


State Security Art

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 13 July 2013 by delclem

“A German artist who beamed these words onto the wall of the U.S. embassy in Berlin says Washington’s spy methods make the former East German secret police (the Stasi) look like boy scouts. A video of OLIVER BIENKOWSKI’s artwork, a project that came about in collaboration with internet activist Kim Dotcom, is fast becoming a hit on the Internet in Germany, tapping into widespread outrage over U.S. surveillance programs revealed by fugitive ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.” (reblogged from Revolution News)


From Prague to Washington

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 5 July 2013 by delclem

How the Czech girl Marie Jana Korbelová
became Madeleine Albright, the first female
foreign minister of the United States.
(c) 2013

Also see our last post on this subject matter.


“How Noam Chomsky is discussed”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 5 April 2013 by delclem


“The more one dissents from political orthodoxies, the more the attacks focus on personality, style and character.” Analysis & photo (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013