Back on November 15th of this year (which will be last year in mere hours) there was a roundtable discussion about Bob Dylan at an institution called the Philoctetes Center in New York. The participants were Professors Christopher Ricks and Sean Wilentz, and it was moderated by Matthew von Unwerth. I personally would have liked to be able to be in the audience, but on the day I couldn’t make it. I’ve been waiting since then for the promised video of the event to be posted on that institution’s website, and indeed now it has been. Click on this link and go a little ways down the page for the video link. The talk is titled “The Inventions of Bob Dylan.” (… continue reading …)
Someone apparently has it in for Van Morrison. The report on his website the other day regarding him having a baby with a woman not his wife, picked up by news organizations around the world and even repeated by the unfailingly reliable RWB, was false. In a statement to RTE News in Ireland, Van says: (… continue reading …)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
There was an interesting profile of Robert P. George in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, titled “The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker.” Of-course, it being the NY Times, it’s hard to escape feeling that the underlying message is, “Here is the enemy.” (… continue reading …)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
In the UK Times, Michael Binyon thinks that Iran is close to the revolutionary tipping point. I’d like to think that’s true, but I wonder, and I also wonder who would take over in the wake of Khamenei. The Revolutionary Guards seem unlikely to get into the business of making plowshares. But who knows how things will go down? (… continue reading …)
Friday, December 25, 2009
The Louvin Brothers. (… continue reading …)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Over at The Cinch Review I have a Christmas (Eve) post with a slightly funny title, namely “Earth: The Story So Far.”
Consider this a prayer for those serving the country this Christmas Eve, at risk of life and limb, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and other parts known and unknown. May God bless the troops and their families here at home. (One place to send messages to the troops and explore other ways of supporting them is at this link.)
And thanks to J & L from the north country for the e-mail regarding the poem below, Christmas, by Henry Timrod. (… continue reading …)
Just over a month ago, RWB noted some recent cold-weather-chaos occurring in China, and, with an eye on the then-upcoming Global Warming Summit in Copenhagen, posed this question:
How likely is it, really, that the shivering Chinese will be willing to pay the enormous economic price of slashing their own carbon dioxide emissions, with their developing economy, in the name of allaying the fear of the idle and decadent western elites that the world is getting too hot?
Monday, December 21, 2009
The last word on Christmas In The Heart? I doubt it, but I think it will be my own last word on it for some time. Since it’s the closest I’ve come to a proper “review” of the album, I put it over at my other site, The Cinch Review (which moribund location I hope to revive, God willing, in the new year). Click this link: Follow the light: The heart in Bob Dylan’s Christmas.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The Louvin Brothers. Dig their jaw-dropping harmonies here. (… continue reading …)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
(Front page of the Drudge Report.)
This funny world If you’re beaten, conceal it! [...] If you are broke you shouldn’t mind.
Makes fun of the things that you strive for
This funny world
Can laugh at the dreams you’re alive for.
There’s no pity for you
For the world cannot feel it.
Just keep to yourself
Weep to yourself.
It’s all a joke, for you will find
This funny world is making fun of you.
If you’re beaten, conceal it!
If you are broke you shouldn’t mind.
(Words by Lorenz Hart.)
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