Review of the 1993 documentary film “Road Scholar” featuring Romanian American poet Andrei Codrescu in a sometimes hilarious, sometimes alarming commentary on the American dream.
America has long been confused about whether nature is for us to adore and enjoy, or for us to profit from. This confusion has been painfully clear in our divisive attitudes toward national parks.
Has American exceptionalism ran its course? Perhaps we can become a nation of caring rather than a nation of conquest.
Today’s announcement from the World Heritage Committee approving the addition of five cultural sites on their World Heritage List, including the San Antonio Missions in Texas, has me wondering about the process of gaining World Heritage status. Certainly, the Spanish colonial missions in San Antonio are as deserving as any site of cultural significance, but so are the Newark Earthworks…