Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

'Ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.'   Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley…Read more Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

Sgt. Pepper’s, revisited.

Everyone's life has milestones like the birth of a child or the death of a parent. These are personal but there are others that resonate through everyone's life, to one extent or another. Mine include the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club…Read more Sgt. Pepper’s, revisited.

OPAQUE

  His words resounded with sincerity, they rang with meaning and truth but she knew, from bitter experience, how action's note carries a clearer sound where light resides in transparency and lies, however attractively adorned to soothe, assuage or persuade but can never prevail and will always be revealed as opaque.

Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

They took the easter out of egg and stripped the fair of fun It was a committee decision with a person in the chair but there was no offence and no-one left to care They took the christ out of Christmas Now an X marks the spot where love was ripped away making room for…Read more Where Have All The Heroes Gone?