June 2010

Picture This: 3 – Chuck Koton

June 30, 2010

Born into a family of photographers, the teenage Chuck Koton began carrying his camera wherever he went. He even set up a darkroom in his parents’ Bronx apartment. Around the same time Koton began his lifelong love affair with jazz. One night he came across his older brother’s copy of Miles Davis’ Someday My Prince [...]


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Greenwald-Goldberg I: The Thrilla in Vanilla

June 29, 2010

Somewhere something irritated Dave Weigel. Those were the butterfly wings flapping. (Whatever provoked the irritating behavior – caused the wings to flap – has long dissipated into the stratosphere.) Weigel breezed into a little venting on a not-so-private-as-he-thought listserve, and someone fed those growing winds into a full public downdraft: the blogosphere was scattered to [...]


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Ten Questions for Monday

June 28, 2010

Weekend is over. Back to work. Who is right about Iran, Leon Wieseltier or Fareed Zakaria? The answer later in the week. (The Answer Man) What would be the nature of a Democratic president who was truly a Democrat, pursuing truly Democratic policies, with whom conservatives would genuinely respectfully disagree? Is a female politician who [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 5)

June 27, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Five The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Eating Poetry (XVII) – Metaphysical Darkness

June 26, 2010

1. Your Majesty, when we compare the present life of man on earth with that time of which we have no knowledge, it seems to me like the swift flight of a single sparrow through the banqueting-hall where you are sitting at dinner on a winter’s day with your thegns and counsellors. In the midst [...]


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The Republican Party IS The John Birch Society

June 25, 2010

Political perception is today enabled by enhanced technologies such as old high school friends rediscovered on Facebook who alert one to a Machine Gun Shoot and Lobster Dinner sponsored by the Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee of New Hampshire. I’m not sure why this caught my attention. They used to have machine gun shoots in Barack [...]


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Official Corruption and Death in Russia

June 24, 2010

Back in December I posted about the death in Moscow police custody of Sergei Magnitsky. Yesterday – I presume because of my post – I was one of an undisclosed number of bloggers to receive from Magnitsky’s employer, Jamison Firestone, of the Moscow-based law firm of Firestone Duncan, the following video detailing the events of [...]


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Jazz Is 4 – Sing Sing Sing

June 23, 2010

My intent with this series is not simply to present the greatest hits of jazz. I’m looking for video that are visually, if possible, or at least contextually, compelling too. I think you will find this one the former. ——- Related articles by Zemanta A Love Affair with Jazz Brings Mary Talbot Fee’s New CD [...]


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Conservatives: Not “Collectivist,” Corporate

June 22, 2010

You can make an argument for anything. You really can. Birthers. 9/11 Truthers. The world is run by the Tri-Lateral Commission or the World Wide Jewish Conspiracy. The mob killed Kennedy. Castro killed Kennedy. The CIA killed Kennedy. Every other democracy in the world is, literally, dangerously inferior to that of the United States and [...]


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Ten Questions for Monday

June 21, 2010

The weekend is over. Back to work. Would you rather ask questions or answer them? Yes, this is an all-in-one psychological profile. No need here for a Myers-Briggs. (I’m an INFJ, by the way.) Do you believe that the European Union’s “rejection of Turkey, a hugely bad move, has been a key factor prompting Turkey [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 4)

June 20, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Four The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters some old friends and begins new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. The old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help [...]


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How We Lived on It (20) – Le Feu Follet

June 19, 2010

from Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within) – directed by Louis Malle, 1963 Starring Maurice Ronet Music: Erik Satie – Gnossienne Nr1


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Madrassas, Mosques, Migrations III

June 18, 2010

3. Migrations Migrations came first. In search of food, shelter, safety. Changes in climate. Then agriculture, and people took root. Until the soil was depleted. Then floods. War. Conquest. Migration. Only later came the boundaries. My land. Your land. Their land. A better land. Now emigration. Immigration. Legal. Illegal. Welcome. Not welcome. People move over [...]


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Madrassas, Mosques, Migrations II

June 17, 2010

2. Mosques Bad feelings, it should come as no surprise, are not good for us. Anger, resentment, bitterness, even hate are all human emotions – they are emotions, so they are human – but we are told they are not healthy emotions, and surely, in time, in the experience of them, we feel that they [...]


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Madrassas, Mosques, Migrations

June 15, 2010

1. Madrassas I was led to this video by Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper. As commenters at Maureen’s blog said, it presents us with a chilling reality and prospect. I’m not going to react to the video in the obvious way. Obviously, it is a brief, more detailed insight into what we already have [...]


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The Open Mind VII – the One and the Many II

June 14, 2010

One surgeon declares the operation a success, the other is still to close up, and we shall have to wait until the anesthesia wears off to find out how the patient is doing. ShrinkWrapped and I have already reached some agreements, and may reach more. However general, abstract, or theoretical they may appear to some, [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 3)

June 13, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Three The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He meets old friends and begins new love. Her name is Sonny. She’s a detective. Jack’s estranged identical twin is about to be rich. The old friends, [...]


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The Current Moment: an Analysis and Analogy (Watch Out!)

June 12, 2010

The analysis of the current moment, looking forward, comes from Jeffrey Goldberg. But about those Israeli doubts: For the typical Israeli (and again, I’m not talking about settlers, but about people who have, in the past, agreed in principle that the Palestinians should have an independent state) two events in particular have soured them on [...]


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Eating Poetry (XVI) – Two Poems to Mark a Moment

June 12, 2010

Yehuda Amichai (Ludwig Pfeuffer) was born in Würzburg, Germany, to an Orthodox Jewish family, and was raised speaking both Hebrew and German. Amichai immigrated with his family at the age of 11 to Mandate Palestine in 1935, moving to Jerusalem in 1936.  He was a member of the Palmach, the strike force of the Haganah, [...]


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The Open Mind VII – the One and the Many: Riposte

June 11, 2010

ShrinkWrapped has responded to my opening post of The Open Mind VII. Comments on his post are closed here and should be left at ShrinkWrapped. All previous rounds in this series can be found at the right of the horizontal drop-down menu above. The Open Mind VII – the One and the Many: Riposte There [...]


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The Liberal Conscience

June 10, 2010

There is much else I would like to be writing about besides Israel, other kinds of writing I would like to be posting – and I’ll continue to try – but now is an urgent moment. One point I will make repeatedly is the necessity for liberal supporters of Israel to stand up against the [...]


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