In The Moving Finger, a mystery by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple contends with a miscreant who employs poison pen letters alleging hidden sins to create havoc in a small village and advance an evil plot. The detective, no fool, knows that anonymous accusations are almost always false or distorted exaggerations. Unfortunately, the smoke-means-fire theory predicts that […]
Ed Morrow is a writer who lives in Vermont.
Tinsel Town is worried about American jingoism. In First Man, a new movie about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the Moon, Hollywood has expurgated the planting of the American flag. That image, witnessed by about 15% of the world’s population and by billions since, is now politically incorrect and shouldn’t be seen. […]
He’s insane, they tell ya! He’s crazy bonkers even to suggest such a mad, loony, wacky idea. He’s as flaky as a corn flakes factory and as potty as a Pottery Barn. He’s so completely bughouse that he should be fitted with a straightjacket and locked in a rubber room after being sedated with a […]
Leni Riefenstahl notoriously glorified Adolf Hitler with her 1935 film Triumph of the Will, an account of a Nazi rally in Nuremberg, a city where some attendees would make a later, less festive appearance. She used many arty innovations to present Hitler as the Übermensch of Übermenschen. Central to the film was Hitler’s notion of […]
Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. — Richard III, in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act I, Scene I On Election Day, Donald Trump, the “sun of New York,” brightened up […]
Thanks to a firestorm of prissy hypocrisy about Donald Trump’s naughty talk, stoked up by stories from women who suddenly recall rebuffing him decades ago, issues like national security, Obamacare, and the economy are being ignored. This isn’t accidental. Hillary Clinton has a terrible record. There’s her illegal home server and her 30,000 purged emails. […]