Monthly Archives: May 2009

Is Vietnam over yet?

Stumbled across this book written by Father Daniel Berrigan(S.J.) detailing his involvement in the release of three downed pilots held by North Vietnam while the “war” was still in progress. Had no idea anything like this had occurred. I found … Continue reading

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If “Hell is — other people” then what is Heaven?

Are hermits and introverts closer to God? Does loneliness position you for sainthood? Well, um, yes I did read ‘No Exit’ recently along with ‘The Respectful Prostitute’. I enjoyed the latter more. After reading ‘No Exit’ I checked a synopsis and … Continue reading

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Al Kooper, (re)discovered

Picked up a 1971 Al Kooper vinyl LP, ‘New York City (You’re A Woman)’ and found I quite liked it. This caused me to revisit a CD I’ve owned for a long time but hadn’t listened to much; Blood Sweat … Continue reading

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Welcome back, my friends

Located between Electric Light Orchestra and Brian Eno in my record collection are ten albums by a group widely reviled by many critics as representing the worst pretentious excesses of that dreaded genre ‘Art Rock’; Emerson Lake & Palmer. (“You’ve … Continue reading

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“There are times when anyone who does not lose his mind has no mind to lose.” (Tom Hayden quoting Mark Rudd quoting Erich Fromm quoting Nietzsche)

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if we live, we do so with the consequences

Paraphrasing Philip K. Dick from the Author’s Note in his novel ‘A Scanner Darkly’ – drug addiction is not a disease, it’s a decision. We don’t always make the best choices for ourselves. This is one of my two favorite … Continue reading

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what have I heard and what do I know about it?

I’m not a ‘Dead Head’ but I do own their first few albums and listen to them occasionally. After I finished reading Tom Constanten’s biography (Between Rock & Hard Places – A Musical Autobiodyssey…Constanten was a member of the Grateful … Continue reading

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