by | Nov 14, 2019

In his iconic first novel, The Time Machine, H. G. Wells sends his Victorian protagonist 800,805 years into the future to a parasitic civilization that contributes nothing to knowledge, art, or culture. He could have cut the journey short by…

by | May 17, 2018

When I first heard that the BBC was remaking Civilisation, the groundbreaking 1969 documentary in which esteemed art historian Kenneth Clark guides the viewer through a thousand years of European culture, I feared the worst. When I saw that they…

by | Mar 6, 2017

It is “our job,” not Trump’s, to “control exactly what people think,” gasped MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski last month. This week’s gasp from the media assumes a slightly different form and can be translated as: It is our job, not Trump’s,…

by | Jan 27, 2017

At his pre-inaugural press conference in New York, Trump sarcastically said after a BBC reporter stepped up to ask a question, “the BBC, another beauty.” His dim view of the BBC is likely to deepen after today’s press conference with…

by | Nov 16, 2016

Washington Friday the BBC enlisted me to defend my support of Donald Trump for president. Although the ensuing television broadcast was in English, I found it incomprehensible. I was speaking in my native tongue to two apparently intelligent English-speaking women,…

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