Pundits predicting America’s decline should rarely be believed, but today they seem more confident than ever. As I write, the lead headline on Politico is… Continue Reading »
World War II
As much fun as the first act of “Napoli!” is, it’s somewhat surprising that Eduardo de Filippo’s WWII tale about the moral sacrifices necessary for survival in times of war has been revived today at the American Conservatory Theatre. It’s not that the “every-man-for-himself” mentality the characters start to espouse is outdated, but the preachy and patriarchal way in which the play makes its points, by having the father be the moral center who must correct the wrongs of his ambitious but short-sighted wife, is distasteful to modern audiences.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanford’s Creative Writing Program and the 67th anniversary of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the second-oldest fellowship of its kind in the country.
Jonathan R. Cole described the motivating goal of his new book “The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected” last night to a large audience at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.