Tag Archives: culture

Book Review: Palaces For The People

Palaces For The People:  How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, And The Decline Of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg This book was immensely disappointing.  There are certainly cases to be made about the importance of having safe social … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Side Door To Corruption

Some years ago, I remember listening to a comedy skit by Bill Cosby in which he rather savagely made fun of his son when talking about how much money it would take in a donation for that son (who was … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: In Light Of India

In Light Of India, by Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger This is now the third book by the author I have read, and not coincidentally the third that was translated by the same gentleman.  In reading this book about … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Weird Al: The Book

Weird Al:  The Book, by Nathan Rabin with Al Yankovic I have long been a fan of Weird Al [1]–who could not be a fan of an iconoclastic, nerdy, accordian playing person who has successfully mashed up polka, pop, rock, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, History, Music History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Anatomy Of Influence

The Anatomy Of Influence:  Literature As A Way Of Life, by Harold Bloom There are many reasons why this is a terrible book.  At least it is an honestly terrible book.  There are some books where the author tries to … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Anxiety Of Influence

The Anxiety Of Influence:  A Theory Of Poetry, by Harold Bloom There is the raw material, or at least the germ of an idea, for a good book somewhere in this mess.  There are some books that are simply ill-conceived … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture

Opposing Viewpoints:  Popular Culture, edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser This book is apparently one of a large series of books that seek to combine opposing viewpoints on some subject of contention so that the reader can sort out … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Big Rewind

The Big Rewind:  A Memoir Brought To You By Pop Culture, by Nathan Rabin In reading this book one finds out a lot about Nathan Rabin and his insecurities, but at the same time, writing this book required a fair … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Billy Idol

Anyone who remembers the early days of MTV and long afterward likely has some favorite moment related to Billy Idol.  For some, it is the inventive and creative music videos that he performed for songs like “White Wedding” and “Rebel … Continue reading

Posted in History, Music History, Musings | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment