Paul Greenberg

Posted February 03, 2015

Report from the waiting room: Down the hall in this great maze of a modern medical center there is another clinic, one advertised with a big sign pointing the direction there and saying something about beauty. It apparently specializes in cosmetic surgery.

Posted February 02, 2015

The headliner of this year's Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock come April is John Waters, the filmmaker who delights in upending the stuffy stereotypes of the art world, a culturally confined universe that may be roughly defined as whatever crowd-pleasers the museums are showing this year.

Posted January 30, 2015

It's a slim little book that had a powerful impact as this country and the rest of the world hovered on the edge of war in 1939: "Mrs. Miniver" by Jan Struther, which began as a collection of short newspaper columns in the Times about the daily life of an English household in suburban London. Then it became a popular novel, and eventually a classic movie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon).

Posted January 27, 2015

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. That observation has been attributed to Mark Twain but, much like Dorothy Parker in our time, old Sam Clemens tended to get credit for any saying that is wise, witty and compact. Talk about history rhyming: The unending news dispatches out of Ukraine might as well have been written in rhyming couplets.

Posted January 26, 2015

Michael Dale Huckabee is just Mike to those of us who have followed and admired him through his finest hours. As when he welcomed the Little Rock Nine to Central High at long last, swinging its doors wide open on the 50th anniversary of the historic Little Rock Crisis -- much too late, but in time to finally correct an historic injustice.

Posted January 21, 2015

The state of the Union may vary from time to time -- good, bad, fair to middlin', even perilous -- but on this, his sixth State of the Union address, the chief executive's view of it remains remarkably the same as it was on his first: detached.

Posted January 20, 2015

Take care, we say as casually as we do Bye or See Ya Later -- and then we're off. We've got things to do, places to go, work to do -- and today some new waxen wings to test. There's always something on the to-do list, you know how it is. And then, in the middle of the busy day's routine ... the explosion.

Posted January 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK -- It was all on display here at the state Capitol -- the blare of bugles, the inaugural address, the pomp-and-circumstance in general.

Posted January 16, 2015

Not even history can be told to stay the same in this ever-changing world. It changes, and our memory of all those figures who made it, heroes and villains alike, changes with it. Sometimes the heroes and villains even change roles, for all history turns out to be revision. Revisionist history is something of a redundant term; in a way all history is revisionist.

Posted January 15, 2015

Fasten your seat belts, or rather Orion's belt. That's the name used for the three stars that may be the most prominent feature of the constellation Orion in the night sky. Orion also appeared in headlines across the country and around the world the other day when an American spacecraft by that name ventured farther from Mother Earth than any other made for human flight since the golden age of space exploration decades ago. It was a reminder that America -- and man -- isn't finished exploring yet.

Posted January 13, 2015

The headlines all over on Sunday's front page gave hope that France, which has practiced just about every form of appeasement over its checkered history, glorious and inglorious, was coming fully awake to the danger that now threatened it -- and all the West.

Posted January 12, 2015

The trick, Professor Gruber proudly told the kind of captive audience some professors love to prance and dance before, was to take advantage of the act's "lack of transparency" and the "stupidity of the American voter." There you have the whole ethos not just of statist rule in the Age of Obama but in every other.

Posted January 08, 2015

Lovers of phrases that deserve preserving as summations of the year's news have reason once again to thank Carl Cannon, the tireless editor and compiler at RealClearPolitics, for giving us his annual list of defining quotes for the past year.

Posted January 07, 2015

It's happened to all of us, surely, saying something stupid. And, worse, thinking it clever at the time, even conclusive, the perfect applause line. When it was really only flip, superficial, ignorant -- a throwaway line that should have been thrown away before it was uttered. In short, stupid.

Posted January 05, 2015

By now the cast of thousands all know their well-worn roles. And so does the national audience, which has seen this pageant performed again and again.

Posted December 31, 2014

What a year 2014 has been. It's seen the greatest outbreak of freedom since 1989, that annus mirabilis, year of wonders, when freedom was breaking out the world over. First the Iron Curtain collapsed, to be followed shortly thereafter by the implosion of the late and unlamented Soviet Union -- and not just the Cold War was over but the dangerous, decades-long nuclear arms race with it.

Posted December 22, 2014

It's beginning to look more than a little like Christmas, and for many of us, the season wouldn't be complete without watching at least a few scenes from "It's a Wonderful Life."

Posted December 19, 2014

You can almost see Old Havana and hear the sweet habaneras again, though played to the accompaniment of groans from the Brothers Castro's political prisoners still yearning to breathe free.

Posted December 17, 2014

Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists.

Posted December 15, 2014

Some bureaucrats get in trouble for telling less than the truth when asked questions about their more dubious statements and worse actions.