Katniss Everdeen and Michael Bennett: Separated at Birth?

September 16, 2017

This is about the sports-industrial complex, not about sports. You may be someone who loves watching the games and are a sports fan. You may be someone who almost never watches professional sports, but care deeply about the progress of our nation. You may be both. In all cases, I am writing to you. The…

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A Disruptive Play Podcast . . . Something’s Coming!

August 4, 2017

A conversation about Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture (2018) . Play champion Kara Fortier allowed me to cast my pod in her direction and we got to talking about it on her Playgrounding website. The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World

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Let’s Hear It For Burt Bacharach!!!!

July 14, 2017

In the first half of the 20th century, something wonderful happened in America. Out of vaudeville and music hall theaters, jazz and folk, and the native songs of Stephen Foster, there arose an amazing outpouring of great songwriting. Popular songs, Broadway show tunes, jazz standards, and eventually songs from movies. Some were all four. Some…

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June Music: What Do You Think I Am, Some Kind Of Idiom?

June 26, 2017

June 20-25, five shows in six days. Let’s save the best for the first, on Tuesday, June 20th Pharrell ‘Pharoah’ Sanders, one of the last titans of jazz still with us, concluded a three-day run at Seattle’s Triple Door dinner club. At 76, he continues the journey that he began by the age of 21…

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Grateful Dead, Yeah They’re That Good!

May 22, 2017

The Grateful Dead Are That Good The legendary Grateful Dead show from Barton Hall on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York on May 8, 1977, sometime in the late evening, night even—is really great. And I’m thrilled to have all four shows of that May 1977 run, loving Buffalo, New Haven, Ithaca/Cornell, and…

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…and here’s the Education Plank of the Kind-of New Kind-of Left in Seattle

May 4, 2017

What Seattle’s New Left Wants: Education A Marxist Critique of Identity Politics …and my response: I commend our new left social justice educators for continuing the fight to end institutional racism and address social equity. But this activism leaves the job only half done. Calls for social justice ring hollow when they do not address…

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