RIP, All forms of D

Not long ago, I posted a piece in this blog about my liberation from my cumbersome (music) CD library (as well as my DVD cache), followed soon after by a piece on the death of the printed word. I was reminded on my AM commute today (BBC World Service via satellite radio) how rapidly the processof the death of physical … Read More

Art in Perspective

I came across this email I had written to my friend, Richard Wicka, after being told about Greg Sterlace’s quitting his cable access talk show (to which after a long absence he has since returned): Richard (and Greg), I have been mulling this one around for a few weeks now and wanted to add my reflections. Some months ago, fellow … Read More

Would You Like to Be Modified?

… “I want more life, fucker.” Any devoted fan of science fiction can tell you that this exchange is from the famous movie “Blade Runner.” With technology advancing at a dizzying pace, I am one willing techno whore – particularly when it comes to the area of cybernetics.Just the other day I heard about scientists implanting some sort of I … Read More

Favorite Third Party Wisdom

No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary to keep awake all day for that purpose. – Nietzsche (This one was needed levity for me at one time: I was a hopeless insomniac for many years.) To live is to war with trolls in heart and soul. To write is to sit in judgment on oneself. – Henrik … Read More

Wikipedia: The Death of the Printed Reference Book?

Anyone remember “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know “? This 1988 national bestseller by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. sparked a flurry of debate in educational and intellectual circles about the quality of our education system. Shortly after Hirsch’s tome came “The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy” (co-authored by Joseph F. Kett and James Trefil), a hard cover coffee table … Read More

And we’re gonna DESTROY Lincoln High this weekend, riiight?!!!

The first sentence of an article from the NY Times: “Frustrated by decades of watching friends and family flee New York’s second-largest city for warmer climates, healthier economies and sunnier images, a group of Buffalo boosters gave a party this weekend…” A party in Buffalo?! No….. (sarcasm here) The Queen City may have the distinction of having the most celebrations … Read More

Middle Age, Maturity, and Materialism

A second trip to Rasputin Records today confirmed that I am ready to shed the material excesses of my prolonged 40 year childhood. I walked in with a second full paper shopping bag and returned an hour later to claim my $75+ in cash. I haven’t owned a stereo in over 3 years. In fact, in retrospect, I think I … Read More