Gaylord Dold Author of The Mitch Roberts Series and More

Democratic National Convention, Chicago, August 1968: What I learned on the streets

Perspectives: Fighting in the Streets: The 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. This short essay was first published in the Wichita Eagle on Thursday, August 8, 1996 as part of a short-lived experiment the newspaper conducted called “The Eagle Writer’s Group”. It was short lived because…

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A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel: Notes, Reflections and Memories of the Reading Life

A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books by Alberto Manguel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2004) “It occurred to me then that, rereading a book a month, I might complete, in a year, something between a personal diary and…

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Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny: Twenty lessons from the Twentieth Century”—–Must Reading!!!

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books, New York, 2017 $7.99) The first few Greek democracies were scattered throughout the Peloponnesus. From the beginning, around the third century B.C., these townships and small cities were considered fragile, being…

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Second Look Books: The Death and Life of American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Fifty years later…)

Second Look Books: Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics by Jane Jacobs; The Death and Life of American Cities by Jane Jacobs. This comprehensive look at the later work of urban moralist and city planner Jane Jacobs was…

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Perspectives–Fascism Lite: The “Ur-fascism of Donald J. Trump and Company

Perspectives: Fascism Lite: The ‘Ur-fascism’ of Donald J. Trump and Company  Things to read: “On Message” by Lewis H. Lapham: From Age of Folly: America Abandons its Democracy (Verso, London/New York, 2016). “Containing Trump” by Jonathan Rauch: From ‘The Atlantic’, March 2017. “How to Build…

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Political Lynching and the Popular Mob: Donald J. Trump Against the Central Park Five

Perspectives: Political Lynching and the Popular Mob: Donald J. Trump Against the Central Park Five  Reading and Viewing:  “New York: Sentimental Journeys” by Joan Didion, The New York Review of Books, January 17, 1991. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding by…

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This Morning is Flag Day June 14, 2017: Another Mass Shooting. Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2017) On Nine-Eleven George W. Bush “awoke” to a reality he defined in the coming months as Good against Evil, with the “evil doers” a set (never precisely…

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South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion (Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2017) “California Notes” began as an assignment from ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Didion never wrote the piece, but she collected a large number of notes,…

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Perspectives: Sorrows of the Digital Age: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain by Eric Kandel

Perspectives: Sorrows of the Digital Age or, Communication absent Faces, Hands and Bodies—the Un-Social Network. One can only ponder the scene: The family gathered at the dinner table, each of the five, or six, or seven, staring down at a screen. One, maybe, involved with…

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The Coming Anarchy/Earning the Rockies: Two by Robert Kaplan

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War by Robert Kaplan (Random House, New York, 2000) Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World by Robert Kaplan (Random House, New York, 2017) In the February 1994 issue of The…

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