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Blowin’ smoke on Super Sunday


I was sitting on the porch with Swamp Rabbit, trying to nail down the silliest Super Bowl moment. Was it Budweiser’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” commercial or the halftime performance by Maroon 5? “Ain’t nothin’ silly about ‘Blowin’ In the … Continue reading

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Weathering the reign of a fool


Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that … Continue reading

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‘Impeach the malefactor’ is way too polite


I was on the Blue Route last week, driving carefully to avoid being pulled over by the sort of sneaky cop who nailed me on Labor Day in a speed trap near Norristown. All was well until a Chevy Suburban … Continue reading

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The ultimate end-of-year list


I wanted to know why my friend Swamp Rabbit was hard at work writing down his worst blackouts of 2018. “It’s New Year’s,” he said. “I need to take stock.” He noted that we humans like to compile lists of … Continue reading

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Patti Smith to young artists: Brush your teeth


I was under-whelmed by Patti Smith’s landmark debut album Horses (1975), mostly because her voice was a mess and because I thought punk rock, stylistically, was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing musical. But Smith wasn’t a punk … Continue reading

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Christmas with Hendrix and the Beats


From an odd little Christmas story, well told: I took a seat on one of the pews several rows back from the front. They began playing a tape Allen Ginsberg had sent from somewhere upstate for the occasion, reading his … Continue reading

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The flaw in the law regarding presidents


Swamp Rabbit had commandeered my laptop and was reading aloud from a column by David Blight, who got rave reviews for his recently published biography of abolitionist orator and writer Frederick Douglass: Douglass left a timeless maxim for republics in times of … Continue reading

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