Monthly Archives: January 2017

Facing down the piggies with George Harrison…

“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game…. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.” – John Lennon We seem to be living in what the … Continue reading

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The 2017 reading list…

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it … Continue reading

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Byron at Missolonghi: freedom trumps even poetry….

“They never fail who die in a great cause.” – George Gordon, Lord Byron Today is Lord Byron’s 229th birthday. Much of what is written about Byron focuses on his career as a poet and his life as a celebrity … Continue reading

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John Lennon…Our New Scrogue…..

” I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.” – John Lennon (Written for Scholars and Rogues) Mark Twain once described his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as “A … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and zombies: artists, undeadness, art…

“The… idea, then, is that every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in what it makes us do with our bodies, in how it codifies the world, in which … Continue reading

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Book Review: Goldhead by J. Haviland

“People start acting stupid when a lot of money is involved, even people you think you know.” – J. Haviland, Goldhead  J. Haviland’s novel Goldhead is a couple of things at once: it’s a caper story (the modern thread of … Continue reading

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What is the true story about The Beatles’ rise to fame?

“The people who screwed you on your way to rock stardom will screw you on your way down – the people you screwed will try to get even.” – Jay Breeze, “The Rock and Roll Handbook” I mentioned in my … Continue reading

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