Antarctica is cold. I learned that in grade school. The record is 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit below zero set in 1983. Did you know the southernmost continent is also a desert? I know […]
Happy 4th of July: what does “freedom” mean to you?
America is a great idea, but it’s hard to love these days. At some point tonight millions and millions of us will find ourselves sitting in a stadium or a park or […]
I’m So Tired: of a lot of stuff…
“…and curse Sir Walter Raleigh/He was such a stupid git….” – John Lennon “…and the time will come when you see we’re all one/And life flows on within you and without you….” […]
I’m So Tired: so say we all, John…
“I think it’s 100 per cent John. Being tired was one of his themes; he wrote ‘I’m Only Sleeping.’ I think we were all pretty tired but he chose to write about […]
Random thoughts about the record album – part 6: one last hurrah…and into the mystic
“There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.” – Daphne Guinness (Read part 1, part, 2, part 3, part 4, part 5) […]
When a company cuts jobs, it shouldn’t spin that reality with corporate bullshit
The owner of the grandparent of weekly news magazines, Time, has decided to shed 300 jobs through layoffs and buyouts to reduce its costs. A media corporation whacking jobs to save money? […]
Democrats need a lesson in humility. Consider what Mike Dukakis learned.
Donald won. Hillary lost. Now the Democrats face what The New York Times called “a widening breach in their party.” Perched ever farther on the left is Bernie Sanders, perhaps still smarting […]
Dear Prudence: John’s beautiful dreamer…
The song represents an aspect of Beatle songwriting that emerged on the White Album: the album is filled with songs that offer carefully observed portraits of characters real and imagined along with […]
Random thoughts about the record album – part 5: they want their MTV
Video killed more than just the radio star. “It made the record industry a one-trick pony. It became only about a three-minute single and a visual image, and if you didn’t have […]
How do we earn loyalty? Or lose it?
Should I remain loyal to the men and women in the three branches of that government who have shown more loyalty to self and self-service than to the electorate? The ousted director […]