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Sunday, January 22, 2017

I'm not sure how many times I've seen the Roches-- whenever I could isn't very precise but it is accurate. At least a couple of times at the Tralf, Carnegie Hall, here and there in the Village. whenever I saw them I was always transcendentally happy, and now Maggie Roche is dead. I am close to, but not quite a Roche sisters completist-- I have a copy of their John Kerry campaign song, for instance, and a Willie Nile album that they sang some back-up on, but their later solo stuff never really grabbed me, and I'm not sure why. They always felt like people I knew, even Maggie, who was the mysterious one. 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Wayne Barrett, dead. It's funny how the old Village Voice shaped my perspective-- Barrett was unsparing, and I'm glad I found him as early in my life as I did

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I love the historic Market Arcade building where our offices are, and am very impressed with the way the landlord, Sinatra Realty, runs the place. One of the challenges of the place has always been the restaurant, which has been two different brewpubs, and a Cajun joint,and a couple of other concepts over the years. It's a big space, and nobody ever seemed to  be able to figure out how to make it work. Sinatra figured out that one big restaurant hadn't worked out, so he carved it into a food court, which created dining diversity and made it sustainable for lunch and the pre-theater crowd. The Expo, which is a dumb name, has a bar and an excellent sushi bar and a pasta stand and a couple of other things. It used to have a sandwich shop which I quite liked, but that has folded its tent, and will be replaced by a gourmet hot dog stand. I don't really see that working, but I wish them luck

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I wonder if there are enough Senate Republicans with the spine to trip up some of Trump's Cabinet nominees. I wouldn't have guessed Marco Rubio, and frankly the mere fact that they all knuckled under during the campaign isn't encouraging. The last time it happened was John Tower in 1989, which was made even more remarkable because Tower was himself a senator. (Fun story: in the Senate office buildings three rings signal that a senator is summoning a car. A friend was on an elevator once when Tower strutted on (he was kind of a little fellow) in full Stetson and boots when the call rang three times. The operator turned to Tower and said, "Hold onto your hat, cowboy, there's a Senator on the line." As the story goes the operator was never seen again.) Tower was a nasty piece of work, but since when is that disqualifying?


Friday, January 06, 2017

I'd be really interested in knowing if at any point Donald Trump's campaign had an actual electoral strategy. Was there polling? Did they know that there were people out there like this? Did they see a path to the necessary electoral votes that everyone else apparently missed? They must have know that his Tweets were working-- were they tracking the demographics on that?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

On the whole Chuck Schumer has been a decent Senator, which is a low enough bar, but not one many clear. He voted for the Iraq War, which was not cool, and he is too Wall Street-y to suit me, although in fairness the financial community is one of his core constituencies. Where I think he has been very good has been on judicial nominees, and apparently he intends to adhere to that course. Good for him. (He's wrong about the fillibuster, though.)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

For some time now I've been doing a little wrap-up of my favorite posts and the things I enjoyed over the past year. I go back over the year, month by month, and pull the links. Sometimes, when I look back at these year in review posts I find the seeds of events that didn't turn out so well, but most of the time I'm pleasantly surprised by re-encountering events and writing I'd forgotten about. It shouldn't really come as a surprise that 2016 has not been like that. So many deaths of so many persons who were important to me, artists and writers and musicians. Even the one death I was glad of was spoiled when the Senate declined to take up Merrick Garland's appointment. Sometimes a bad year is a bad year, and although there were moments when I thought things would turn out okay, I was just wrong, and looking back over those times is painful. Not to say that I didn't have some happy moments-- of course I did. Those just happened to be things that I didn't write about so much. So October's North Carolina celebration is not represented here, and neither are the pleasant hours spent kyacking, or the AHIA meeting in San Diego...

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