Monthly Archives: February 2013

Barry’s Blog # 50: The End of the World

In December of 2012 the media was awash with speculations about the approaching solstice and the meaning of the Mayan prophecies. Countless people planned to celebrate the arrival of a new age. Meanwhile, millions of fundamentalists were actively hoping for … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 49: Zero Dark Thirty is a CIA Recruitment Film

Do theaters tailor their previews of upcoming films to certain audiences? As I wrote in my last blog, prior to viewing Zero Dark Thirty, I had to sit through six such previews, every one of them an action thriller; a … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 48: The Banality of Evil

I offer this blog on February 2nd. In the six weeks since the Sandy Hook tragedy, 1,478 Americans have died of gun violence. The German-American writer Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “banality of evil” in 1963. She argued that the … Continue reading

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