The Year in Music: The Titular Playlist
At the height of the War on Drugs a dramatic television commercial appeared. Perhaps you’ve seen it.
A young woman held a frying pan and spoke about your brain on drugs . Then suddenly, with no warning, she started swinging the pan, destroying everything in the kitchen as she recited a litany of all the destruction drug use would bring.
You might take away any number of messages from the Continue reading
The Dead Republic
My mother, encouraging my verbal side, stored my first grade writing assignments in the box my school uniform came in. They’re in my basement now, but one’s missing.
Focusing on the core culture our family was built upon, it Continue reading
I’m reasonably certain the usual media channels will undertake what passes for analysis. So I’m going to actually confine Continue reading
Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me
If I can avoid it, I’d prefer not to describe myself as confused. Yet there are vast realms of human endeavor that leave me befuddled.
Which brings me to this short, dense love note to two of the 20th Century’s more accomplished writers. When I stumbled across it in a bargain bin my excitement was Continue reading
These year end holidays are a bear. I should be writing, I have been writing. But I keep being dragged away by commitments.
Yet things keep nagging at me. This week, I’m wondering if our troubles as a nation can be chalked up to Classic Rock.
You decide for yourself. See you next week with a proper post.
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
I’d be less than honest, though, if I didn’t admit thoroughly enjoying this brief, well-reasoned skewering of current leftish pieties. Although it never quite reaches the level of Stalinist/Trotskyite rancor, Lilla’s book is Continue reading