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sean-jackson's picture
Feb.09.2014
Springsteen writes songs of steel and dust, dim headlights in the dark of a cold, bleak night. But what I remember of factory towns is the laughter and mad dashes for takeout lunches. Which makes me think perhaps I remember it all wrong. I grew up on a short, narrow macadam street that led to the...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jan.22.2014
I used to love the original “Star Trek,” each episode a short course in cultural anthropology. The Enterprise traipsed through outer space, often stumbling across civilizations running on a distorted operating system that oppressed some inhabitants to benefit others. The distortions being...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Dec.13.2013
There’s been an art-blogworld swirl lately about need versus want. You can find a summary with links to relevant posts by half a dozen bloggers in this entry in Barry Hessenius’s blog. In this context, I find the distinction nearly meaningless. Need how? To sustain...
deborah-grabien's picture
Sep.01.2012
Settling in to finish the current novel (JP Kinkaid Chronicle #8: Comfortably Numb) and doing some serious guitar playing (if my multiple sclerosis objects, it can sod off now), I took a break to watch the Hard Rock Calling from London last month: Bruce Springsteen with Sir Paul McCartney guesting...
larry-bernstein's picture
Aug.22.2012
A good education, nice friends, and a healthy diet… The answer is: “What do parents want for their children?” Sure, education and all that other stuff is important. I suppose. But, there is something else I want for my children. I’ve tried to guide, model, encourage, and reward. What is this thing...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.29.2012
  I saw Bruce Springsteen and his larger-than-ever E Street Band on Friday, and to say it was a religious experience is not much of an exaggeration. His concerts over the years have evolved into something akin to a secular humanist revival meeting. How “secular” they are can be argued as some...
christopher-meeks's picture
Oct.21.2011
A few years ago, I read a post about short stories and the challenges book groups had to them. Short story collections rarely get discussed in book clubs because as Dawn explained in her above post, how do you discuss not one story but many? Last year, I took this very challenge to my college...
paul-hertneky's picture
Aug.18.2011
Home Sweet Home -- Small comfort in Brutalism continued from the previous post... Betty sat in the back seat of the packed station wagon as I directed my father to the Pitt dorms where I would spend my freshman year. They were shaped like cleanser cans and I would be living on the 17th floor of...
christopher-meeks's picture
Jul.16.2011
John Lennon's quote, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans," rams into me as a truth perhaps too often. Just over a week ago, my wife Ann and I planned to grab dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant. In the car a half-block down the street, we saw three people surrounding two giant...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jul.04.2011
Here in Richmond, California, we have our official Independence Day fireworks on the 3rd of July, which I like. Not too many people, not as many drunks on the road as on the 4th. As it happens, I live on the harbor where the fireworks barge is anchored, so it as easy thing to stroll out onto the...