Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cultural Indifferences

The won­der­ful thing about hav­ing a well-run audi­to­rium in town is oppor­tu­ni­ties it pro­vides. If you fol­low Paul Simon or were lis­ten­ing to pop music in the mid-1980s you know of his album Grace­land, which intro­duced to the West the South African men’s cho­rus that was in Fayet­teville last week­end. Its name can seem a […]

Columnist Sympathizer

A nice thing just hap­pened. On Jan. 31, I was elected vice pres­i­dent of the National Soci­ety of News­pa­per Colum­nists. I’ve been a card-carrying colum­nist since 1991, join­ing dur­ing the run of my col­umn Mirthol­ogy, in the old Arkansas Demo­c­rat. The post is interim, to cover after a res­ig­na­tion, until the annual mem­ber­ship meet­ing in […]

Man and Superboy

Copy­right 2010 Ben S. Pol­lock See­ing the back­stage drama Crazy Heart down at the Malco on its open­ing week­end here in North­west Arkansas gave me lots to think about, being a good movie. It’d be fine to wait for a home view­ing, but leisurely, panoramic views of New Mex­ico increase the worth of a cine­plex screen […]