Friday, December 29, 2006
Friday Random 10 Songs: Goo Goo Muck Edition
- Africa Bamba by Santana
- Five Years by David Bowie
- Train in Vain by The Clash
- Hard to Beat by Iggy and the Stooges
- Celluloid Heroes by The Kinks
- My Favorite Kiss by Frank Black
- Suffer by The Waterboys
- Sertao Blues by Slovo
- In My Mind by Dave Mason
- Baggage by L7
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Over 1,000 posts
Got Holy Book?
Does anyone still teach civics anymore? The USA is a pluralistic society; get used to it. People have different value systems and the Christian Bible is just a book to some people.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Random 10 Songs Friday: Gris-Gris Edition
- All Those People Know, Bob Mould
- Health and Knowledge and Wealth and Power, Shriekback
- Beneath the Southern Cross, Patti Smith
- Nobody's Fault But Mine, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
- Visionary, Hüsker Dü
- My Girl, The Temptations
- Elephant Ride, Squeeze
- Sweet Jane, Velvet Underground
- The Highway Song, Free
- Fanfare/Don't Dream It, Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Don't Try to Lay No Bookie Woogie on the King of Rock & Roll
Not all of the following books came out in 2006, nor is this a "best of 2006" list. These are just books I've found worth perusing in the waning month of the year.
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers and other Pagans in America by Margot Adler (Revised and updated edition, 2006) Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 9780143038191. Arguably the most comprehensive overview of Neopagan "new religions" and their various strains. Originally published in 1979, it remains both a classic and, with revisions, a remarkably current document. If you listen to National Public Radio (NPR) with any regularity, you've probably heard Adler reporting since that's her "day job". (Guess my age: When I became interested in this stuff, it was usually described as "occultism".)
Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Bush and Blair Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands by Philippe Sands (Updated paperback edition, 2006) Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 9780143037828. Despite its rather breathless subtitle, it's still a serious look at exactly how the Bush and Blair administrations have repeatedly ignored or broken international agreements and laws on an unprecedented scale.
The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror by Christian Parenti (2004) Basic Books, New York, NY, ISBN: 9780465054855. A couple of years old but it hasn't aged much. From data mining to thousands of closed-circuit cameras in Manhattan, this has lots of interesting points to make. And, of course, it predates the discovery of the government sifting through millions of Americans phone records.
Now I'm tired. I need to slowly build my blogging muscles back up.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Blogging from the Shadows
This was not good.
Now I'm wondering if I need to attend Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings or some equivalent organization to wean myself from being in a co-dependent relationship with my inner editor. And the twitchy drive to use my knowledge and skill on the site is making me feel like an addict.
So excuse me if this entry is brief; my shaking hands need to hold a cup of calming herb tea or something similar. I hope to recover and replenish this blog with renewed vigor.