HATE TO AGREE WITH ROBERT GATES BUT

Image via WikipediaLate last week, at a talk he gave at West Point, Secretary of Defense Gates made the most remarkable statement. After underlining "the strategic rationale for swift-moving expeditionary forces" in the future, he added, "But in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises … [Read more...]

MORE TO COME

Image by Miguel Ramirez via Flickrfrom Publisher's Marketplace (12/15/10): Music historian and journalist Tim Riley's JOHN ONO LENNON: THE LIFE AND THE MUSIC, an examination of John Lennon's life and creative legacy, covering everything from the widely misunderstood origins of "Working Class Hero" … [Read more...]

ALBUM ART: OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS

...Is it too much of a stretch to suggest that rock album art gave generations of suburban adolescents in the 1970s and '80s their first exposure to surrealism and open-ended narrative? The cover of Hejira presented the lightly cultured teenager I was then with a visual puzzle that absorbed me in a … [Read more...]

PAVEMENT, FOOTNOTE EDITION (KEITH HARRIS)

Image via WikipediaOne last time: The thing about Pavement isn't that they chose diffidence, or irony, or aloof distance (or whatever other residual Gen-X cliché you're compelled to recycle) as an aesthetic posture. It's that they seemed to find themselves, like lots of us, inherently diffident, and … [Read more...]

ETCH-A-SKETCH, BOSTON

ETCH-A-SKETCH, BOSTON Image by lumierefl via FlickrRelated articles by ZemantaPop Culture Classic Etch-A-Sketch Toy 50th Anniversary and Contest (connectwithyourteens.blogspot.com)July 12, 1960: Etch a Sketch? Let Us Draw You a Picture (wired.com)Etch A Sketch turns 50: amazing art created with the … [Read more...]

TWITTER FRIENDS NETWORK YOWZA

Image via WikipediaJust click. Related articles by ZemantaYowza!! launches affiliate program to get more small businesses to use their mobile couponing service (intomobile.com)Yowza!! adds new restaurants and merchants to its mobile coupons service (intomobile.com)Carrie Underwood Weds! … [Read more...]

Galifianakis

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Ben Stiller from Between Two FernsRelated articles by ZemantaSaturday Night Live Recap: Zach Galifianakis Does His Part (nymag.com)Daily Link Roundup (manolith.com)Watch Zach Galifianakis, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter and Andy Dick on Between Two Ferns … [Read more...]

EGGERS ON SALINGER

Image via Wikipedia...To me the question of whether or not he continued to write strikes at the heart of the nature of writing itself. If he indeed wrote volumes and volumes about the Glass family, as has been claimed, it would be such a curious thing, given that the nature of written communication … [Read more...]

2009 LIST

Rosanne Cash The List (Sony) Mission of Burma The Sound The Speed The Light (Matador) John Fogerty Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (Verve) Chris Potter Ultrahang (ArtistShare) Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch) the-dream Love vs. money Lily Allen It's … [Read more...]

BEST MJ TRIB — SO FAR

Michael Jackson via last.fm"...in 1979, with Off The Wall, he invented modern pop as we know it. He'd been around for years, making the occasional solo record, but for literally millions of us, it was a de facto debut album from a kid -- a kid! Like us! -- we were hearing for the first time. It was … [Read more...]

APPETITE FOR SELF-DESCTRUCTION

Cover via Amazon Early in "Appetite for Self-Destruction," Knopper quotes former Warner Records and EMI CEO Joe Smith as observing, "This business ain't full of Martin Luther Kings." It says something about the emotional power of music that anyone would expect sainthood in its executives, but in the … [Read more...]