Entries from December 2008

Monday, December 29th, 2008

You May Panic Now

News reports and editorialists have pointed to many indicators of our parlous economy, but news today chilled me.  NPR journalist Ketzel Levine, along with 64 other NPR employees has been laid off, according to an article in the New York Times. Levine has worked with NPR for over 30 years, the Times reports. She has […]

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Republicans & Race Revealed in Parody

The Republican Party didn’t get it in the 2008 elections, so there’s no reason to expect that the Grand Old Clueless would get now even when the inauguration of Barck Obama is only weeks away.  The New York Times reports: . . . a candidate for party chairman from Tennessee, Chip Saltsman, distributed [as his […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

In the Bleak Midwinter

With the arrival of the solstice, winter is here. Some pics I took at my home this weekend, reminded my friend and fellow vocalist Bill Hunter (of Schola Cantorum) of Christina Rossetti’s poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which begins: In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a […]

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

New England Triptych

A visual homage to William Schuman (in his musical homage to William Billings), the view from my front windows.  

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Obama’s Pastor Problem (Again)

Another Obama pastoral kerfuffle. This time involving a pastor on the Evangelical Right. Obama’s inaugural invocational invitation of Rick Warren (he of megachurch fame and The Purpose Driven Life franchise), a vigorous opponent of queer marriage rights in California. Queer activists in a uproar. Let’s hope that this is something more than the mouse that […]

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Theatre of Exhaustion

The cultural moment of postmodernity typified by “the literature of exhaustion,” the notion that original literary forms and themes are now impossible, so all we have from our writers is a kind of smug knowingness and ironic cannibalizing of the products of high culture and pop culture. It shows on Broadway. Reading over last Sunday’s Times […]

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Emily Corwin, The Thought Spot

Was interviewed tonight by Emily Corwin on “The Thought Spot” (WHUS 91.7). Go visit her ‘blog at http://www.thethoughtspot.org/

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Prop 8 — The Musical

On election day 2008, millions of Californians voted to change the state constitution to take away a basic civil liberty from other citizens: to join in marriage with the partner of one’s choice. You can either cry or laugh. Enough with the tears. Here’s Prop 8 — The Musical. See more Jack Black videos at […]