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Sisters No More: Strain on US-Japanese Relations Because of a Statue

The concept of the sister city started sometime in the 1950s, but a lot of people tend only to know the term from browsing a town’s Wikipedia page. New York and Beijing are sister cities, as are Paris and Seoul, as well as Krakow and Edinburgh. This particular bond between cities is meant to strengthen … Continue reading

East Meets West

About a year ago, members of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) participated in the destruction of the ruins at Palmyra in Syria. Among the sites destroyed was the Tower of Elahbel, the Monumental Arch, and the Temple of Bel. I understand that no sane person would be sightseeing around Syria at the moment, but the ruins … Continue reading

Standing Guard at Minitrue

In this time of advanced technology and political mayhem, we can all look back on the speculative works of the past like Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange to see if the fictitious worlds of Aldous Huxley and Anthony Burgess are closer to our world than the past. The epitome of this brand of fiction is Nineteen … Continue reading

The Black Anniversary

In June 2015, I had the opportunity to visit the British Museum while in London with my family. While there, my father and I entered a room that he would later describe as “an entire room dedicated to thievery.” The room that he spoke of was the Duveen Gallery, which houses the famous, or rather … Continue reading

Colored Gods and Painted Saints

When we all think of sculpture, we think of ancient statuary, perhaps those of the Greeks, or the Egyptians, or the carvings and reliefs of saints upon the tympanum of a Gothic or Romanesque cathedral. All of them are rather naked, referring to some of the nude subjects, but also to the fact that the … Continue reading

Melbourne’s David-On-The-Lawn

A few weeks ago, my sister begged that my Dad call the police because our neighbors were playing some music, probably for a party for the high school graduate in their house. The obnoxiously loud music continued until roughly 12:30 in the morning. We all have neighbors, some of whom may be irksome at times, … Continue reading