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We were soldiers 1

On the moral basis of American war

This is the story of the first major battle of the Vietnam War, fought in the valley of the Drang River. Heavily outnumbered American air cavalry defended themselves for two days in face of vastly more numerous Vietnamese forces attacking from three sides.

The colonel who led […]

Shrek 2

The contradiction of heroism

The anger of Shrek at the world has to do with how people judge him; he does not appear to them as he appears to himself. We are allowed to see he is a man who loves his private life, lacking both the inclination & the need to harm people. […]

Shrek 1

On heroism

Shrek is an ogre living a comic equivalent of our life. His home is a swamp. His routine pleases him & disgusts us. He has deplorable manners. If cleanliness is next to godliness, he is far removed from both. He lives alone & seems quite happy. He is not a reader, but […]

Law Abiding Citizen 2

& the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Genesis 8:21

A demagogic lawyer stands athwart this man. He neglects his family, being driven by a low ambition. He is no patriot, & […]

Law Abiding Citizen 1

& God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, & that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5

A private man is attacked in his house. His family is slaughtered. He seeks justice, but is denied. He attempts to prove that corruption leads […]

Iron man 2

The scientist as hero

The US Congress is now trying to seize Stark’s Iron Man, the most powerful example of his wisdom. But it’s his property & the people like him. So we see the dashing Tony Stark humiliate some Senators to media applause. Defying authority is rather American… In democracy, the young can […]

Iron man

The liberal as patriot

Tony Stark is a weapon-maker for the US army. When he visits Afghanistan to show off his latest missile, he witnesses the strange predicament of American war. On the one hand, extraordinary weaponry, which he professes he is inclined to use, like his father before him. (The fantasy of a […]


Some notes on family & anger

The werewolves are clannish. Indians most of the time, monstrous wolves on occasion. They mix with the humans freely & they seem to marry with them. Perhaps they are not as close to the original of the species as the vampires, but they are pretty close. It seems […]


Some notes on the distinction between family & city

This is the story of a young girl who moves to the Pacific Northwest. She is coming back to her father, who is the sheriff there. Her mother does not live anywhere, but moves around, apparently not a one-man woman. The girl comes from Arizona.