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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jared Mobarak, Chris Schobert and my Oscar pics here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Well, this is kind of interesting. Forbes has assembled a list of each state's favorite vinyl albums from 2016 based on eBay sales figures. The methodology: "Favorite" means the album a state buys at the highest rate compared to that state's total share of the volume of records purchased. Some examples:
 Georgia:
1. Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
2. Sheer Heart Attack – Queen
3. Al Green’s Greatest Hits – Al Green
Goats Head Soup shows up kind of a lot, and I can't imagine why. To me it represents the start of a creative ebb for the band.
Kansas:
1.     Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
2.     Thriller – Michael Jackson
3.     Jagged Little Pill –  Alanis Morissette
No love for "Dust in the Wind" Jayhawk State?
Louisiana:
1.     Lazaretto – Jack White
2.     Journey’s Greatest Hits – Journey
3.     Bleach – Nirvana
Proof that Louisiana ain't all New Orleans, I guess.
Massachusetts:
1.     Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
2.     Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
3.     Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest
Maybe this means that everyone in Massachusetts already has all of Aerosmith and J. Giles on vinyl .
New Hampshire:
1.     Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
2.     AM – Artic Monkeys
3.     Kill ‘em All – Metallica
Makes you think, doesn't it?
New York:
1.     Revolver – The Beatles
2.     A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
3.     Illmatic – NAS
Okay, this is respectable.
South Dakota:
1.     Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
2.     Band of Gypsys – Jimi Hendrix
3.     Birth of Cool – Miles Davis
This is a weird combination.
Wisconsin:
1.     Fas -- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum – Deathspell Omega
2.     Back in Black – AC/DC
3.     Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
Cheese State, what's wrong? Who hurt you, buddy?

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Political Science Department at Buffalo State is sponsoring a semester long project called The First 100 Days, which will consist of a series of lectures culminating with a day long series of presentations on April 29, 2017. I'm flattered to have been asked to address Judge Gorsuch's nomination, and the Supreme Court appointment process.

Monday, February 06, 2017

In Brooklyn over the weekend, and Boots and I went to the Brooklyn Public Library, mostly to visit the space, which has a family connection. The entrance is framed by gilded representations of literary characters, many with Brooklyn connections, some not. Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Walt Whitman.... and Archy and Mehitabel. Nobody in my family knew who they were, but because I secretly grew up in the 20's and 30's I do. A columnist for the Evening Sun named
Don Marquis created them. Archy was a free verse poet reincarnated as a cockroach, and Mehitable was his friend, an alley cat. Marquis would leave a sheet of paper in his typewriter, and in the morning he would find a poem or a story that Archy had written by throwing himself onto the keys. Since he couldn't work the shift key, Archy's writing was always in lower case. The series was really popular, and is now pretty much completely obscure. It was an odd sort of literary moment for me, to be one of the very few people within what I would guess to be a fair-sized radius to know about this writer and his characters.

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