Category Archives: pop music

Autumn in Pennsyltucky


Swamp Rabbit and I had just finished another dreary sales trip and were driving home from Pennsyltucky, that vast stretch of Trump country that lies between Philly and Pittsburgh. Billie Holiday was on the radio, singing “Autumn in New York,” … Continue reading

Posted in arts, environmentalism, humor, mainstream media, Politics, pop music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

At Musikfest, waiting for something to happen


The crowd, suddenly there where there was nothing before, is a mysterious and universal phenomenon. A few people may have been standing together – five, ten or twelve, not more; nothing has been announced, nothing is expected. Suddenly everywhere is … Continue reading

Posted in humor, mainstream media, pop music | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A white haven for the blues


So I was upstate again last weekend, speeding home from a sales job, when a road sign on the highway caught my eye: WHITE HAVEN 4 MILES. “Perfect,” I said to Swamp Rabbit, my sales partner. “White Haven is a … Continue reading

Posted in arts, history, humor, mainstream media, Politics, pop music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(Not so) special delivery from UPS/Swift


When the music’s over, turn out the lights.  — The Doors Yo Taylor, I’m curious as to why your handlers are using UPS trucks to help sell your new album, and how many edgy but lesser known artists could have … Continue reading

Posted in mainstream media, pop music | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seeking disaster’s bright side in Atlantic City


Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is like Voltaire’s Pangloss, or Eric Idle in Life of Brian. He always looks on the bright side of life, even life in Atlantic City, which has been in a downward spiral for years thanks … Continue reading

Posted in arts, casinos, down and out, economic collapse, humor, movies, pop music, unemployment | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cat Stevens still can’t abide ‘blasphemy’


The hippie-era troubadour and Muslim convert Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is on the comeback trail and already putting his foot in his mouth. For a recent Rolling Stone article, Yusuf was asked about his declaration that “[Salman Rushdie] must … Continue reading

Posted in humor, mainstream media, pop music | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Virginia Woolf almost does the Super Bowl


Most years, I persuade a famous novelist to write a 500-word recap of the Super Bowl — Dostoyevski and Faulkner, among others, have donned their sportswriters’ caps to appear in this space — but this year Virginia Woolf phoned at … Continue reading

Posted in arts, fiction, humor, mainstream media, pop music, sports | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment