Early Protest—What Was It Going For?; or, H.G. Wells’ Outline of History by Eli Siegel
“The basic controversy in history, economically speaking, is about who shall own the land. At the present time, more and more people are saying, ‘We don’t want to be taken advantage of.’”
On What Basis Can We Honestly Approve of Ourselves?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“There are two ways of building up a self: through what we are, and through what other people are not. Contempt is the second.” —Eli Siegel
Good Cheer & Wickedness: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
Michael Palmer on that noted song by The Charlie Daniels Band
“You’d think with that heavy pull downward it would sound dark and depressing. But no, it doesn’t—because of the sheer energy, with exactitude, of Daniels’ playing. Here, evil is not hidden, in the shadows: it’s outward, given lively strutting form for all to hear.”