ASKED and ANSWERED
1. Why did you start a political blog and when?
I’d been commenting copiously for years at many other blogs, and several friends urged me to start one of my own. I hoped to introduce a friendlier, more broad-minded approach, and also to discuss culture, architecture, literature, poetry, music, theater, movies in hope of generating more awareness of how much an integral part of life –– and thus the political process –– these elements really are. The idea was, as Walt Whitman put it so well, to encourage readers to be more CURIOUS, and less JUDGMENTAL. Unfortunately, this approach generated far more heat than light, and I found myself the target for ugly, generally moronic abuse from ALL directions.
2. Who is the one person still living that you would most like to meet and chat with?
TWO actually: America’s greatest operatic baritone and concert singer, Nathan Gunn and his wife Julie Jordan Gunn. Nathan and Julie have managed to stay married to each other more than twenty years, bring five children into the world, take time to raise them in “as normal an atmosphere possible,”and still manage to pursue enormously successful international careers in the world of opera and concert music. Having tried unsuccessfully to be a concert artist, myself, I’d like to find out how the HELL they’ve managed to do what they’ve done.
3. Would you replace Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts if given the opportunity, and if so why and replace with whom?
Replace Roberts? Indeed I would. Either Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Scott Walker, Dr. Ben Carson, or possibly Mona Charin, who is one of sanest, most temperate, keenly intelligent, perceptive, and attractive columnists in the USA. The reason why should be obvious. Each and everyone of these individuals is young enough to last for a good many ears, and each has his or her head screwed on rightly –– and tightly ––, and would do everything possible to help repair the terrible damage leftist thinking has done to our country.
4. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?
Impossible to answer, because there are so many, but it might be Russia, because I would like to see –– and judge –– for myself what it’s really like there.
5. What is something you would collectively change about humanity?
I would love to see an end to SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS and develop deeper appreciation for true Humility. Again Whitman’s motto BE CURIOUS, NOT JUDGMENTAL if applied would do a great deal to advance Civilization by leaps and bounds.
6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible) and describe how?
Impossible to choose one, but the so-called Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Dickens' David Copperfield, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, and Serious Music –– particularly the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Richard Strauss and Gustave Mahler have had a big influence on me. An ever-deepening awareness and appreciation of the importance of BEAUTY –– in Architecture, Interior Design, Gardens, Music, Poetry, Literature, Art, Theater, Film –– and above all in the rare instances of truly NOBLE, THOUGHTFUL, GENEROUS, genuinely UNSELFISH, KIND, CONSIDERATE, GOOD-HUMORED BEHAVIOR has become my creed.
7. If you were free to live in any city or town you choose in the U.S., which would you choose and why?
My home town, NEW YORK CITY –– or –– LONDON, ENGLAND –– but only IF I had robust health and the great wealth required to live comfortably, stylishly and free to enjoy the immense cultural riches and great advantages those places have to offer. I spent several months in London on two ocasions, and truly loved it, but that was more than thirty years ago. I haven’t been back to New York in twenty years either, so I might find these places have changed so much as to be undesirable now, but somehow I doubt it.