Archive for October, 2007

Art, Words, and the Body Electric

October 21st, 2007

I SING the Body electric;
The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul. — Walt Whitman
Under different circumstances, I believe my mother might have become an interior [...]

Star Makers & Star Breakers

October 16th, 2007

I was a free man in Paris, I felt unfettered and alive. Nobody was calling me up for favors, no ones future to decide. You know I’d go back there tomorrow, but for the work I’ve taken on, stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song. - Joni Mitchell, “Free Man in Paris”.
I. [...]

I Have a Dream, Too

October 7th, 2007

Dear Next-President Clinton & Other Democratic Nominees: 
I have a dream.  It’s not an eloquent dream that will rock the nation’s collective conscience.  It’s just a simple dream being written from a small apartment in the Midwest, by an average working woman who has carried a promise in her heart for over four decades.
The promise of the American Dream.  [...]

Limbaugh: A $250M Fraud*

October 4th, 2007

In the early eighties, before he was cleaned up and suited up, Rush Limbaugh worked for the same company I did, McClatchy Broadcasting.  Back then, before Limbaugh’s show was picked up for syndication, his pants hung too low and there were buttons missing from his stained shirt.  He was a typical not-ready-for-TV radio personality and [...]