Month: December 2016

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What is (was?) rock music?

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On December 31, 2016
This TNR piece presents itself as a tentative obituary for . . .  what exactly I’m not sure. “The genre hasn’t been this irrelevant in ages,” writes Alex Shepard.  (My emphasis). His piece concludes: And then there was Desert Trip, derisively and accurately labeled “Oldchella,” the mega-concert featuring Dylan, The Rolling Stones (who incidentally released […]

I Can Haz Shower?

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On December 31, 2016

We returned home to a cat who had been cruelly and capriciously denied access to the shower. But let it not be said that we are deaf to cries for justice. Happy New Year! Share

Must see TV!

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On December 31, 2016

The continuing saga of the KKK documentary that wasn’t would make a great program. They could call it Finger-Pointing Peckerwoods or something. The subjects of a TV documentary series about the

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Here’s another random event that could substantially alter the course of American history: Reid appears significantly older than his 77 years. A horrible exercise accident on New Year’s Day in 2015 — when an elastic band he was using in his suburban Las Vegas home snapped and he tumbled into some cabinets — broke bones […]
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Above: Free Angela Davis poster, Havana, 1971 I start each and every day by reading a couple of chapters of a history (or related) book. I do this primarily to keep up on the literature, making it possible for me to know what I’m talking about when I write my own work. Of course, I’m […]

On Perez/Ellison

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On December 30, 2016

I think Jeff Stein gets it right. To summarize: This is not an ideological dispute. Both Ellison and Perez are solidly on the left of the party, and anyone who thinks Perez is a neoliberal is an ignor

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David Farenthold, one of the few national campaign reporters who could emerge with his or her held high, one what it was like to cover Trump properly. The fact that the Clinton Foundation — a philanthropic organization that has saved millions of lives and entailed no significant misconduct by the Clintons despite the very real […]

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On December 30, 2016

Greenwald and Carlson, having established to their mutual satisfaction that reports of Russian interference in the election should be viewed with extreme suspicion, moved on to the question of just wh

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