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Derald Wing Sue on Racism

December 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I recently re-read the article “Are you a racist?” by Derald Wing Sue (2003). I think Sue’s argument is mistaken on several points, which I now propose to address. Who is a racist? Distilled to its essentials, Sue’s basic argument is that every white male is a racist because they are beneficiaries of a pervasive, […]

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A Trip to the California African-American Museum

December 17th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently visited the California African American Museum in Los Angeles with several of my friends. It is situated in Exposition Park, across the street from U.S.C. Before everybody got there I walked around the Rose Garden, redolent of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Bold statements about art, poetry, literature and philosophy adorned some of […]

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John Cale at UCLA’s Royce Hall 9/30/2010

September 30th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I took my daughter Lauren to see John Cale perform this evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In addition to a stripped-down trio of drums-bass-guitar he was accompanied by a selection of musician’s from UCLA’s student orchestra. The concert’s conceit was a live orchestral performance of Cale’s early-1972 album “Paris 1919.” I have to hand it […]

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Capsule Review – Sarah Michelle Gellar

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Maybe I saw something in her that reminded me of a girl I knew in high school; if not precisely that, then something similar. Gen Y women in the media/pop culture business share several intriguing characteristics – a combination of reticence and availability, subtlety and brashness, carefree yet deadly serious. I had heard of her, […]

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Capsule Review – “The Cube” by Vincenzo Natali

October 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“The Cube” is an oppressive, claustrophobic movie by the director Vincenzo Natali. It is about the escapades of seven people who are trapped inside of a gigantic cube. The cube comprises 26 equally-sized rooms on each side for a total of 17,576 rooms altogether. Each room is bathed in a different color light. The rooms […]

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Meatloaf Tour of Sherman Oaks – Capsule Review

March 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

JG and I decided to sample the meatloaf at several local restaurants. Meatloaf, of course, is well known as a “comfort food,” presumably because it elicits visions of home and hearth. It’s not exactly clear why this is so, seeing as how it can be prepared a half dozen different ways. Everybody seems to have […]

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Live at Pompeii

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

EMI Records recently released yet another box set on Pink Floyd’s behalf. It’s at least the second of which I’m aware, the first having been released during my tenure at that fine, albeit troubled, concern. Its quixotic descent into the market place stimulated me to think about the greatest Pink Floyd record that never was […]

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Capsule Reviews – Four Movies

January 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We saw several movies over the holiday season, and I wanted to set forth my opinions about them. Generally speaking I don’t like that many movies, and I have a policy of only going to movies it’s likely I’ll enjoy seeing, based on self-knowledge of my own proclivities and tendencies. While this creates some false […]

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December 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Every now and then one runs across an album that conveniently reorganizes one’s universe.  This happened to me in 1988 when I heard the album “Starfish” by the Australian band The Church and, in particular, the song “Reptile.”  I long have been a fan of intricate guitar-based psychedelia.  The Church came out of nowhere (in […]

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Capsule Review of the Tennessee Williams Movies

October 11th, 2006 · No Comments

We recently acquired the “box set” of all of the Tennessee Williams movies. For a long time I have been a fan of the “Southern Gothic” genre. William Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom is one of my most favorite books ever. So, I waded through the movies with interest. Here is a quick review: 1. Unquestionably “Sweet […]

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