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kd lang

I have always loved kd lang. Always, always. I liked her punk-country performance-art style from Angel with a Lariat. She caught my eye at some point in the 80s when I was channel surfing television. Spiky hair, Buddy Holly glasses, and country-western wear: She was a genre-bending artist as much as a gender-bending one.  I didn’t pay attention to her…

This Machine Kills Facists

Like every good, card-carrying leftist, I know who Woody Guthrie is and what he stood for. I’m sure pretty much everyone in the U.S. has heard at least part of “This Land is Your Land.” They’ve mostly heard it in white-washed settings where it’s usually been severed from its political roots. I didn’t know about the additional verses to the…

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L. Frank Baum and Oz

I am making steps toward my goal of cleaning my office this summer. Yesterday, I tackled one of my bookshelves and encountered my 1929 edition Oz book, Ozma of Oz. I’ve always loved the art by John R. Neill, and I especially like the 1929 art nouveau (I guess that’s what it is) cover. Finding this book raised many fond…

Raising the Bar TV Show

I just watched the pilot of TNT’s Raising the Bar on the TNT website. I didn’t get to see it during air time because of the power outage during Gustav. As I’m sure everyone knows, the show stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar from Saved by the Bell, which I admit I’ve watched now and then. I was hopeful that the show would knock…

The Dark Knight

Thursday night we went to see the Dark Knight at the midnight movie. I have to say that the Rolling Stone review hit the mark. They call the Joker “pure chaos,” which he is in so many ways. Reviewer Peter Travers also approves of the way the movie refuses to explain the joker through “pop psychology.” No oedipal narrative here.…