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  • COMPLEXITY

    Tough Guys Don’t Come Seventh

    August 13, 2017

    I was thinking about jingoism while enjoying a sparkling performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony last night.  It rather muddied the delight. Before the concert began I had been...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Both Jane and Tarzan

    August 2, 2017

    This is a tale of one city, one movie, and two books.  Between the two books we find a central polarity of governing and urban planning.  Let’s call it the polarity of Jane and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Doing democracy rather than having it

    July 14, 2017

    One of the maxims taught to young journalists is that all news is local.  It is also most powerful when it is personal. Liu Xiaobo died yesterday in captivity.  The...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Dans mons regne, le deluge

    May 18, 2017

    “Après moi le deluge” is a commonly cited French expression attributed to French King Louis XV or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.  It can mean, “after I am dead, I don’t care...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Women's Ways of Knowing

    March 14, 2017

    On February 26th, the Academy awarded the prestigious Best Actor prize to Casey Affleck, a man who has recently been publicly accused of sexual harassment. Mel Gibson, whose reputation in...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin