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This post refers to an exchange of letters in The Nation, entitled November 22, 1963: You Are There. Ordinarily I would simply link to it as above, but that simply brings you face-to-face with one of those hated subscriber firewalls. So instead, try clicking on this Google search link, then click on the link that […]

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A Pimp for the Imperium Responds

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Fascinating exchange of letters in The Nation this week, about which I’ll write more later. (By subscription only, but there’s a sneaky way to get to it which I’ll explain then.) I seem to have been sucked into the whole fracas indirectly because of my earlier posts on Ralph Schoenman. Speaking on Cloak and Dagger […]

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On Rights and Jackasses

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

There are a few principles that should be emphasized while considering the ongoing "Muslim cartoons" furor. The Western media has an absolute legal right to publish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, providing they do not incite hatred. The Western media is now awash with these images. Those who publish these images now are fully aware […]

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Stop Distracting Us Reporters, Wayne!

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Wayne Gretzky is getting a hard lesson in how the media operates when it smells blood. Or rather, to be more precise, when the media experiences a collective olfactory hallucination that leads it to believe it smells blood. Because so far, there’s nothing — nothing — to be reported on what has repeatedly been described […]

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Putting the “Bitch” in Obituary

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Germaine Greer’s nasty little piece in the Guardian on the recently-passed Betty Friedan suggests that a new genre of essay has arrived. Call it the “obitchuary.” The most entertaining recent example I came across was Terry Castle’s hilarious memoir of Susan Sontag. Nothing, of course, excites the male libido more profoundly than a cat fight. […]

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Pass the Beer! Pass the Popcorn!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Canada’s new Conservative government is set to bring in their new child-care program — as early as July 1st. Hallelujah! I know I speak for many stay-at-home parents who just can’t wait to blow it all on beer and popcorn. For me, it’ll be Steamwhistle and Orville Redenbacher — unfortunately, the inferior microwavable kind. (Neither […]

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Charles Rosen Reviews the Unreviewable

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Over a year has now passed since the publication of Richard Taruskin’s Oxford History of Western Music. Not surprisingly, given its heft (6 volumes, over 4,000 pages), there hasn’t yet been a serious review of it — who would willingly take on such a job? Some, I’m sure, have simply thrown up their hands. True, […]

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Testimony: The Defense Never Rests

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Rumour has it that Allan Ho and Dmitri Feofanov have written a 200-page rebuttal of Laurel Fay’s decisive debunking of Solomon Volkov’s Testimony. Some might suggest this is further evidence of their graphomaniac tendencies. The facts show otherwise. Ho and Feofanov’s first riposte to Fay’s 10-page article took up some 270 pages. Their forthcoming salvo […]

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Farewell, Andante.com

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

I just heard word from Matthew Westphal, former editor of the webzine, Andante.com, that the classical music website is to about to be shut down later today. Matthew was a great editor to work with, and I wish him well in his future plans. His famous remark to all of Andante’s writers was: “Newsprint may […]

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In an earlier post on Ralph Schoenman and his role in the Kennedy assassination conspiracy industry, I questioned his reliability as an interviewer. The reason I did so was because of a man named Gerald Coffee, who was one of Schoenman’s earliest interviewees. This is his story: Lieutenant Gerald L. Coffee, a US Navy pilot […]

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