Category Archives: Art and Culture

Blackbeard’s Ghost

Last night, Arlo and I watched the 1968 Disney film Blackbeard’s Ghost, starring Peter Ustinov, Suzanne Pleshette, and Dean “the poor man’s Jimmy Stewart” Jones… After having spent about 20 minutes sorting through our options, we’d narrowed it down to two movies, and Arlo decided against Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, having […]

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There was stuff that I wanted to write about tonight, but I’ve decided to watch Lifeboat instead

If you’d like to join me, you can rent 1944’s Lifeboat on Amazon for $3.99. If, however, you’re not a Hitchcok fan, you can feel free to use this as an open thread, and just leave a comment about whatever it is that you want to talk about, from today’s arrest of Republican Congressman Chris […]

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Sometimes WCBN gets things very right, and sometimes they get things very, very wrong

I’ve just received word that The Ballad of Christian Wolfcock, the most recent release by my one-day-a-year band, the Monkey Power Trio, is currently the second most played record on WCBN. I know that I should be happy about this incredible achievement, but I’m finding it difficult to look beyond the fact that I don’t […]

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The legacy of CBGB further unwinds into nothingness with Target’s East Village appropriation

I try my best not to be too terribly sentimental about things. I understand that, no matter how much we might try to stop it from happening, everything changes. I know, eventually, everything wonderful and meaningful is destroyed and replaced. As I’ve discussed here before, though, there are certain things I find it difficult to […]

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Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” hits theaters half a dozen years after telling us about it

Back in November of 2012, Washtenaw Eviction and Foreclosure Defense somehow managed to bring world-renowned hip-hop provocateur Boots Riley and his band, The Coup, to Ypsilanti to play a fundraiser for Ozone House, to support their work with at-risk and marginalized LGBTQ teens. As you may recall, in my interview with Riley, recorded a day […]

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