David and Goliath (1599) by Caravaggio

The excessive use of force creates legitimacy problems, and force without legitimacy leads to defiance, not submission.
― Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). It was painted in about 1599, and is held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. The David and Goliath in the Prado was painted in the early part of the artist’s career, while he was a member of the household of Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte.

It depicts the Biblical David as a…


Capitol Police Officers Testify As Jan. 6 Inquiry Begins

‘‘Hate pollutes the mind.’’

— William Shakespeare

I am not an American I am an Englishman and yet I was truly shocked at the scenes I witnessed on a television screen and on other devices at the storming of the Capitol building on January 6th 2021 by Trump supporters, who had been provoked and encouraged by the words of Donald Trump that day. These people were not protestors they were violent insurrectionists and terrorists. …


Map of Broken Glass (Atlantis) 1969 by Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson was an American artist known primarily for his sculpture and land art although his early output was primarily of paintings, drawings and collage works. He was one of the founders of the Land Art movement whose best known work is the Spiral Jetty which he created in 1970. This piece is an earthwork in the form of a 1,500-foot-long (460 m), 15-foot-wide (4.6 m) counterclockwise spiral of local basalt rocks and mud, forming a jetty that juts from the shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah. Smithson wrote that he deliberately chose the site…


Neo in The Matrix (1999)

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T.S. Eliot, The Rock

The title above is the heading for a piece by John Tilson published last week in ‘Psyche’ which is an offshoot of ‘Aeon’ web magazine. Both are available on medium.com. He is a senior lecturer in philosophy of education at Liverpool Hope University UK which makes his piece even more disturbing. For me, at least. And hence the need for me to write a response.

He begins with the line and question, ‘Do you like school?’. This…


‘‘the earth has music for those who listen’’

— William Shakespeare

Please be aware my reader that there are one or two spoilers in my piece.

We begin, not where we last finished. We begin, at the very beginning. Sooner or later we end up there — or is it begin there? The start is a complete surprise and it is a very clever opening scene, a prequel in fact. Part II begins in silence. I mean complete silence. Nothing is moving and if nothing moves then it is soundless and silent.

We see a street full of parked cars…


Oscar Wide with Lord Alfred Douglas or ‘Bosie’

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
― Oscar Wilde

On 18 February 1895, the Marquess of Queensbury — yes that Queensbury of the boxing rules— left his calling card at Oscar Wilde’s club, the Albemarle, inscribed:

“For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite” (sic) see below.


Tribute to the American Working People (1950) by Honoré Sharrar

I must declare that I was completely unaware of the American artist Honoré Sharrar (1920–2009) until I saw a tweet which was sent out to commemorate her birthday on July 12th by JuliaPoems. Included in the tweet was part of her most famous painting which really put her on the artworld’s map Tribute to the American Working People (1950) — see above — and brought her public aclaim.

Her creation is a five-image polyptych conceived in the form of a Renaissance altarpiece, except that its central figure is not a saint but a working man — a factory worker. Polyptychs…


It was Hegel who first declared that history always repeats itself to which Marx added dryly and humourously in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852),

‘‘the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce’’

In the first decade of the twenty-first century the tragedy were those forces unleashed by 9/11 and then the farce were the subsequent attempts to shore up the capitalist system during the financial meltdown of the last 5 years of that first decade which are still ongoing in the second decade.The …


I, like many many, have recently watched ‘The Tomorrow War’ and did thoroughly enjoy most of the film although, I have written on medium.com about its highly derivative story and content. Whether that bothers the viewer is up to them, but for me, it does affect the reception of any piece of artwork whether highbrow or lowbrow. The film was very popular. But of course not everything that is popular is necessarily good and should be allowed a free critique-less ride. …


‘‘The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.’’

— Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway. The man, the writer and the Myth. I think we can divide him — for the moment — into these three parts. But all three intersect and interweave in fact one could say they…

Marc Barham

Column @ timetravelnexus.com on iconic books, TV shows/films: Time Travel Peregrinations. Reviewed all episodes of ‘Dark’ @ site. https://linktr.ee/marcbarham64

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store