A List of People Who Also Should Be Armed

Amid all the fury and debate over whether or not to arm high school teachers in order to prevent the next deadly shooting spree, several relevant employment categories are being overlooked. A review of other recent abuses of heavy firepower in public places suggests the United States can only protect itself from itself by requiring itchy … Continue reading A List of People Who Also Should Be Armed

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The NRA’s Chosen People

As I watched Charlton Heston lead the chosen people out of Egypt last night I wondered: in a remake of The Ten Commandments, would Ted Nugent play Moses? Nugent, whose awful music from the 1970s apparently qualifies him to talk down to us about such weighty matters as constitutional law, seems to be the NRA’s … Continue reading The NRA’s Chosen People

1989

I always consider it my strange good fortune to have a past life that includes making music in Joe Frawley's basement. https://twitter.com/joefrawley/status/966849935193837569 Yes, in high school I'd haul my black Pearl drum kit to his house and set it up with Dan Cote for some three-man rock. Joe sang and played the bass & keyboard, … Continue reading 1989

May the Bird of Paradise Rest in Your Armpit

The man with the 70's hangover---big stache, wide lapels, swooping toupee---assigned to teach my fifth grade class regularly heaped this wish upon us: 'May the bird of paradise rest in your armpit.' What this meant, and why it should happen to us, was never made clear. It was only, mysteriously, repeated. This was a 1982-83, … Continue reading May the Bird of Paradise Rest in Your Armpit

Writers & Musicians

I could post the latest literary event on video, or this. Musicians make better company than writers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Uj3GMcDpA Books can wait until tomorrow.

Thinking in Tens

The Top Ten Dumb Things Internet lists have made me do (one is a lie): 10. “Like” things that merely interest me 9. Assess the duplicity of others 8. Avoid work, especially writing 7. Scroll while driving 6. Scroll while biking 5. Groan aloud in public 4. Puzzle over others’ music interests 3. Read lists … Continue reading Thinking in Tens

Love and Protest

Amy’s Story by Anna Lawton sets a tempestuous romance against the turbulent half-century of global change that erupted in the 1960s and flowed across the land like a modern Great Flood. The novel plants the seeds of these decades in the post-World War One migration from Europe to the United States and reveals the newest fruits---poison … Continue reading Love and Protest

Oh My God, Look at Her Butt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoDh_gHDvkk Will Sing win a Golden Globe or other award this season? I hope so. The soundtrack brought out memories of David Bowie (Under Pressure), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), and George Michael. That, and its an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles to realize artistic passions. So even if on the surface the only thing your kids … Continue reading Oh My God, Look at Her Butt