Number 37, October 2004
We cherish the progress in civilization since biblical times and long before. But there is a need and, indeed, accepted qualification. As I write, the United States and Britain are in the bitter aftermath of a war in Iraq. We are accepting programmed death for the young and random slaughter for men and women of all ages. So, overwhemlingly, it was in World Wars I and II. So more selectively since, and still at this writing, in Iraq. Civilized life, as it is called, is a great white tower celebrating human achievements, but at the top there is permanently a large black cloud. Human progress dominated by unimaginable cruelty and death.
John Kenneth Galbraith - the last paragraphs of his new book: "The Economics of Innocent Fraud".
In the Editor's Page this month, instead of my ramblings, we offer the complete text of John Kerry's powerful testimony before the U.S. Senate about the insanity of the Vietnam war. This is a must read for everyone who will vote in the November elections as well as those who want to know what kind of stuff Kerry is made of.
One of the few objective articles about the Palestine-Israel situation we've found is by Walid Batrawi in "Current Events".
The Anthroposophy section this month includes a lecture by Rudolf Steiner, this time some of his idea about the social scene, and a biographical sketch by someone who knew him.
Last month's publication of "The Gospel of Mary" is followed now by another apocryphal gospel: Thomas.
The Fiction section continues Luise Rinser's novel, "Miryam" and my "Frequent Flyer", and also offers a new story by Mike Ingles and one of my own.
Tarjei Staume goes back in cinematic time to look at some of the great flics; and Bobby Matherne contributes a review of a Picasso biography by Mailer.
The Poems selected for the Poetry section couldn't be more different, but all three are great, each in it's own way.
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Schwartz, associate editor
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