Random Notes

Entropy at work…

May 7, 2012

Pynchon in Public Day 2012 is tomorrow…May 8.  A screaming will come across the tweeter…

He do the desert in different voices…

March 19, 2012

(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books on March 19, 2012.) Astronaut David Bowman, after painfully decommissioning the charming rogue supercomputer HAL as they approach Jupiter’s moon Iapetus in the 1968 film 2001 A Space Odyssey, confronts a space oddity. To those of us who saw the epic movie by […]

The Marvellettes and Thomas De Quincey on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio

January 24, 2012

My musings about the mail was broadcast today on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect program – listener discretion advised: I sort of croak out a tune or two.

For those about to cook…

January 1, 2012

Safkhet Publishing, 145 pp, Cambridge, United Kingdom Joey Ramone, on stage at the Rainbow in London on New Year’s Eve 1977, apparently recovering from a pre-gig chow-down at a local Indian restaurant, mournfully groaned into his mic, “After eating that Chicken Vindaloo, I wanna be well.”  The Ramones then blasted into their next fast and […]

Will Hermes knows a lot about buildings and tunes

December 29, 2011

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire – Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes (This review was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, December 2011) Music journalist Will Hermes, referring to rock ‘n’ roll critics back in the day, wrote, “… their sense that the entire world of art […]