The Big Band Golden Age is Now

The Swing Era of the 30s and 40s is commonly remembered as the golden age of the jazz big band. Ellington. Basie. Miller. Shaw. Goodman. Calloway. Eckstine. Dizzy. And dozens more, busloads of troupers riding town to town to play at venues ranging from high school gyms to roller skating rinks to any venue that […]

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Further Adventures in ApocaLit

Earlier this year I wrote about a few examples of ApocaLit I had been reading as the world seemingly bursts into flame around us. I have continued to mine this vein of things-are-fucked-up-and-bullshit entertainments. Is this a strategy of face the beast head on or escape the beast by engaging a substitute? Works for me […]

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Stanwyck Read the News Today, Oh Boy!

TALLAHASSEE, FL: BREAKING NEWS A rarely seen wave of mass happiness, hope, and relaxation spread across Florida’s Capital City this weekend as citizens embraced the return of competence, character, and decency to the White House. Long thought to be on the verge of extinction, some scientists believe this leading wave indicates the end of a […]

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Now, Where Was I?

Your Narrator apologizes for the radio silence and the inexcusable five month interval since last I set font to pixel. Mea maxima. I don’t know about the rest of you, but it has been kind of a crazy year living in the bubble out from which we have barely poked our masked little heads. Our […]

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i love you, too

I’ll start out by confessing that Dr. Cornel West largely fell off my radar over the past few years. Mea culpa. Mea culpa albus. I’ve also been mostly lukewarm on Anderson Cooper for no real reason other than CNN has the worst panel discussions imaginable. But CNN still rocks when there is something big enough […]

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It’s Happening Here

One of the phrases that keeps popping up over the past three and a half years has been some variation on “I never in my life would have imagined…”, followed by a description or photo of whatever daily excess our government has committed as part of its ongoing stumble to authoritarian rule. I say we […]

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COVIDream #3

A night of fractured scenes, only one cohered in memory. On a full airliner. We land on the top level of a parking deck.1Planes flying through and landing on parking decks are recurrent in the i2b dreamscape. I am asked to stay seated until everyone is off the plane. As the last person leaves, my […]

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COVIDream #2

In which the nightly escape from our waking nightmare is sometimes not. I find myself toiling once again in the corporate world, this time an ominous place focused on cyber security.1I actually worked for two hi tech security firms along the way. It was very Blade Runner: all black and grey metals with finish ranging […]

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