Monthly Archives: January 2011

Feelings

There are so many ways to feel. And yet, we humans have the tendency to: a) mistake the feelings that we have about a certain person, situation or object as the only proper feeling suited to said person, situation or … Continue reading

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Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Size of Numbers

In a recent interview with the Googliest leather-clad author around, Paul Coelho, Napster founder Sean Parker called The Social Network “a complete work of fiction.” While I could write a book about that last statement, the thing that jumped out … Continue reading

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Lord, Give Us the Strength to Understand Ourselves

I set up a blog on Blogspot (now Blogger) back in 2000. I haven’t posted anything there since 2009 and, frankly, my activity on said blog—universal destroyer, inc.—was pretty spotty. For example, I posted nothing at all in 2004 or … Continue reading

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The Apolitical Blues

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst /Are full of passionate intensity.” – W.B. Yeats I didn’t watch the State of the Union address last night; I was playing jazz with my friends. When I was younger, I might … Continue reading

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The Myth of Freedom

The New York Times ran a story on Friday about the spotlight Glenn Beck had cast on an “obscure CUNY professor,” Frances Fox Piven, and how this had attracted some very hostile attention from Beck’s followers. One fine fellow had … Continue reading

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Playing It Safe

An old friend accused me of “playing it safe” on my blog. Apparently, writing about death metal, however aesthetically outlandish the music or my love of it may be, is of little consequence, big picture-wise. Of course, I thought that … Continue reading

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