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21st Century Beatles: I’m a Fan! [part 1]

Part 1 — Get Back: Not since Dallas, or at least The X-Files, have I seen anything approaching a water cooler moment like the way a diverse crowd of folks responded to the nearly eight hours* of Peter Jackson’s documentary Get Back, starring The Beatles. With the bevy of reviews and articles, and in online …

21st Century Beatles. I’m a Fan! [part 2]

Part 2 — Reissues: The film coincided with the latest re-release in deluxe form of Let It Be, a child of the same sessions. One can’t deny that the nostalgia machine revved up yet again, a desperate monster feeding off Baby Boomers like me who fork over gobs of money. Desperate because they want our …

21st Century Beatles. I’m a Fan! [part 3]

Part 3 — Revolver: There’s everything that came before Rubber Soul, albums with one dazzling hit song after another, from Please Please Me to When I Get Home, I Feel Fine, Eight Days a Week and Ticket to Ride, to name a few of my faves. But I’m not sure how their first three years …

21st Century Beatles: I’m a Fan! [part 4]

Part 4 — But What Does It All Mean?: The main point: The Beatles are still with us, the arc of their career and legacy is an ongoing process that WILL reach an end at some point. But whether it’s making America twist and shout to an Isley Brothers tune or laying it all out …

Not funny.

Not funny. Yet in the late 1970s, a trickster comedian, Richard Pryor (the Trickster Force was strong with him) made us laugh while describing this very crime against humanity, against unarmed Black Americans. Pryor’s seemingly amoral humor made an impact on the American psyche, such that forty years later, our perspective and our behavior, our …

Western Michigan Station WZZM / Channel 13 Recommends “Disruptive Play”

Thank you, WZZM! This is the link > My West Michigan < is a fun, local, daytime TV show that found Disruptive Play a worthy enough hoot to recommend it to readers throughout Western Michigan. This COULD have an impact on our upcoming elections   (cue Goudoud’s Funeral March of a Marionette, theme song from Alfred Hitchcock Presents). …

August, September, BASEBALL!, November, December. Part 1

The Dry Statistics The Yankees eliminated the A’s, only to be vanquished by the Boston Red Sox, who beat the reigning champion Houston Astros. The Astros got there by beating the Cleveland Indians. The Rockies knocked the Cubs out, then lost to the Brewers, who lost to the Dodgers. The Dodgers had eliminated the Atlanta …

Banksy? Banksy? Did somebody say Banksy???

The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.  …Banksy   Play is dangerous. I’m remembering The Fight Club and how the film incorporates some aspects of a play revolution but mixed in with …

Do You Want to Fight About It? No, Actually, I Don’t [Part 1]

Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love The bloviated pickup truck torments and bears down on the meek and gutless Prius.  Professional football, a game of collisions, military-like might, and aggressive hysteria reigns supreme as America’s #1 pastime.  As a nation, we struggle to understand and address conflict in the Middle East and throughout the world, yet we …