If the man from the Big Easy could be said to have a shtick, it would be that he himself was the big easy: laid back, relaxed, chill, wonderfully musical in a […]
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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 4
Part 4 of a series… The enormous success and wealth McDonald’s achieved through its methodology has produced a mantra embraced by disciples of its core principles, who now apply them to any […]
All shook up: a historian examines rock and roll…sorta
The payola scandal destroyed Alan Freed, but Dick Clark put his boyish good looks and vanilla style to good use in saving himself. “Rock and roll might best be summed up as […]
Nathaniel Hawthorne: who’s that?
“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.” – Nathaniel […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 3
Part 3 of a series… Ray Kroc’s vision for American dining was a success is laughable understatement. His unparalleled success has made McDonald’s the envy of all budding restaurant tycoons and become […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 2
Part 2 of a series… “Most specifically, irrationality means that rational systems are unreasonable systems. By that I mean that they deny the basic humanity, the human reason, of the people who […]
Tom Petty…anything that’s rock and roll’s fine….
Out of a catalogue of superb music, all of which I like a lot, most of which I love deeply, “Anything That’s Rock and Roll” is still my favorite. “It’s sort of […]
The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 1
Part 1 of a series… Modern capitalism derives much of its force from its ability to subvert Protestant Christian belief… “It is not true that good can only follow from good and […]
I Me Mine: George Harrison’s non-autobiographical autobiography
Only about 80 pages of I Me Mine are given over to George’s conversations with Derek Taylor. The rest of the book is devoted to Harrison’s songs. For the serious Beatle or […]
The Savoy Truffle: you know that what you eat you are…
George has a laugh at Eric Clapton’s expense. “‘Savoy Truffle’ on The White Album was written for Eric [Clapton]. He’s got this real sweet tooth and he’d just had his mouth worked […]