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Number 50, November-December 2006

"Danae" - Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862 - 1918)

The ogre does what ogres can,
Deeds quite impossible for man,
But one prize is beyond his reach,
The Ogre cannot master speech.
About a subjugated plain,
Among its desperate and slain,
The ogre stalks with hands on hips,
While drivel gushes from his lips.

W. H. Auden - who never heard George W. Bush

I doubt that the Election Letter we sent out a couple of days before the U.S. Congressional election had any effect on the outcome, but it certainly brought in mail – along with a half-dozen subscription cancellations, less than expected. See some of it in the “Letters” section.

Some of you may want to hear some True (no, not “tall”) Tales from long ago Brooklyn. If so, check out the “Editor’s Page”.

Current Events deals with G. W. Bush and how to get rid of him – and I don’t mean Brooklyn style. Garrison Keiller takes on what he calls Congress’s shameful voting record. If you haven’t read the anonymous “Girlblog” reporting from Iraq yet, don’t miss it this time. Iftakhar Sayeed from Bangladesh has an unusually negative take on democracy – which many (including us) will have a hard time agreeing with.

Elaine Pagels is back with an essay about Mary Magdalene’s identity. This is an SCR exclusive, by the way, because if you haven’t already read the new book “Secrets of Mary Magdalene”, for which this essay is the introduction, you won’t have seen it yet. Also under “Features” Emma Goldman bashes patriotism’s political incarnation. She did so quite a while ago, but her ideas should still resonate for those who have ears to hear. George Orwell’s denunciation of the politization of the English language even in his time nicely complements Goldman. Changing tack completely – remember Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese? Even if you never heard of them, and are interested in racial tolerance, you might want read the article anyway.

The “Education” section carries two entries about Waldorf schools – one and “insider” job and the other a favorable newspaper article.

In “Fiction” Mike Ingles tries to convince us that publishers accept his work on merit alone, but he’s not entirely successful. Gaither Stewart is back with one of his character-driven Italian village life stories. Sort of a whodunnit - and why not?

There’s only one bilingual story in this issue (if we had more time there’d be more), but it’s a good one, and not only for kids.

Professor Konrad Rudnicki’s series about Cosmological Principles is approaching modernity with Copernicus, after his previous essays on the ancient Indian and Greek cosmologies. And Don Cruse continues to dig holes in Darwinism.

Rudolf Steiner’s second lecture on “The Fifth Gospel” (not for the orthodox) appears under “Anthroposophy”, along with two more chapters of his autobiography.

Poetry: Two of my favorites: Edna St.Vincent Millay and W.H. Auden, confound love and death.

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Table of Contents


...And Stuff
Mike Ingles

The Count of Montagna
Gaither Stewart

1984 - Part 2-2
George Orwell

Children's Corner
Rincón infantil

There is No Doubt About It

Es la pura verdad
Hans Christian Anderson


The Genuine Copernican
Cosmological Principle

Konrad Rudnicki

Darwinism's Tool Chest
Don Cruse


The Fifth Gospel - II
Rudolf Steiner

The Story of My Life - 11 & 12
Rudolf Steiner


Edna St.Vincent Millay

The More Loving One
W. H. Auden