Scenic Arizona At Night

Two summits and two opposed cultures under the stars.

By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY (C) Southern Arizona is known for some spectacular views of . . . the heavens. Kitt Peak, which we visited, has 25 big astronomical telescopes, most of them owned by universities. Other land-based optical observatories (to use the technical term accommodating the space age) are scattered on other Arizona peaks. Before […]

South By South Park

An extinguished high school mascot, the trumpet of the Lord

By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY In late August of the saddest summer, speeding through the emptiness of Colorado’s South Park on the way to Denver to see “The Book of Mormon” and to attend my high school class reunion, I lightened up by writing. Not texting – that’s unlawful – but writing, which is OK if […]

Keeping The Secret Alive

Will the CIA be great again?

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By Larry Joseph Calloway © A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA by Joshua Kurlantzick (Scribner, 2017) Laos is a great place to be a tourist. It has Luang Prabang, with its French colonial architecture and Buddhist monasteries along a simple historic main street. It […]

The Builder Governor

Remembering Jack Campbell

  By Larry Joseph Calloway   Jack M. Campbell / The autobiography of New Mexico’s first modern governor: as told to Maurice Trimmer with Charles C. Poling, University of New Mexico Press, 2016.   I was lucky to arrive in Santa Fe before its style, real estate and cultural conflicts went commercial and while Jack […]

HILLBILLY SYNCHRONICITY

My Fellow Americans. . .

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By Larry Joseph Calloway ©  The networks were so unprepared for Donald Trump’s win that my election night switching caught only one panelist who could speak with authority for the key voters euphemistically called “white – no college degree.”  He was J. D. Vance, the black-haired concise-speaking author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” an immediately personal story […]

“Spotlight” At Telluride 2015

My last Telluride Film Festival review

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September: Telluride   By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY NEWSPAPERS, the first drafts of history, also used to write the loglines of movies. The logline for “Spotlight,” debuted at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival and my hope for a lot of awards, goes like this: A quartet of Boston Globe investigators, publishing under a “Spotlight” logo, shames […]

Get Cam, Find Cab, Make Film

Documentary Films At Telluride

By LARRY JOSEPH CALLOWAY To get started on a documentary film you don’t need documents or film. Just take a camera – it doesn’t have to be expensive – to an interesting situation and the world will provide, if you wait long enough. The devil is in the editing. These new possibilities for non-fiction production […]

A Long Time On The Colorado Plateau

What happened there anyway?

Without planning it that way, I have spent a lifetime looking for the Anasazi. In books. In clefts in cliffs, as Gary Snyder put it.

Singapore And Lee Kwan Yew

He died March 23 at age 91

Singapore political architect Lee Kwan Yew and his offhand critic, the American global anthropologist Clifford Geertz, needed to talk. About colonialism, democracy, culture. . . First of two essays on the possible city-state of the future.

Looking For Culture In The Malls Of Singapore

Suppose the Asian city-state is the experiment that will survive

What is culture? At first glance the amiable sales person was Chinese, but this was not China and we were dealing in English. I wanted a cultural experience, not the camera. Or so I thought.