Tag Archives: Vaclav Havel

Those Powerfully Unified Persuasion Machines Chugging Away

With all the advertising and the overheated political talk, along with the constant pop-culture buzz out of Hollywood, and the fashion buzz out of wherever that buzz comes from, and religious imperatives, if that’s your thing – and peer pressure … Continue reading

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Masterful Storytelling, Most of It Quite Fanciful

This was the week Obama was in Ireland – but even if his great-grandfather’s grandfather was from Ireland, our president just doesn’t seem Irish. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas, and he was born in Hawaii … Continue reading

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The Sabotage Issue

History takes odd turns. Take the case of Vaclav Havel – the Czech dissident playwright and poet, of the avant-garde of the time. After the Prague Spring – the first attempt by the locals to get the damned Soviets out … Continue reading

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The Value of Lacking Passion

Just down the street there’s that giant fiberglass frog. That’s Kermit the Frog on the roof of the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea, currently the home of The Jim Henson Company, as in the Muppets, as in Kermit … Continue reading

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