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By Bill Altreuter

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Abigail Weinberg: "Blood on the

Posted on October 10, 2020
Abigail Weinberg: "Blood on the Tracks is the breakup album everyone talks about, the one Jakob Dylan has called ?my parents talking,? the devastating story of a man whose wife leaves him unexpectedly one night, and his only recourse is to wail about it for 51 minutes...


 A bit more on Stanley Crouch:

Posted on September 22, 2020
 A bit more on Stanley Crouch: Christgau on Kansas City Lightening. It really is a great book. Also, a fond remembrance by Ethan Iverson.  


 In its obituary for Stanley

Posted on September 20, 2020
 In its obituary for Stanley Crouch last week the NYTimes mentioned his essay in Jazz Times called "Putting the White Man in Charge" in which Crouch argued that white critics promote white musicans in order to "make themselves feel more comfortable about being in the role evaluating an art form from which they feel substantially alienated...


All law firms break up for the

Posted on September 16, 2020
All law firms break up for the same reason.  Cellino & Barnes. Cellino & Barnes.


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 There are some actors that

Posted on September 11, 2020
 There are some actors that there just isn't enough of. Last night I watched a movie with two of them. Moved by Dianna Rigg's death I wanted to watch an episode of The Avengers, but Amazon Prime, where the show can be found, told me that they are "Not Available At This Time", so I watched The Hospital instead...


 Ray Acito used to say that

Posted on September 08, 2020
 Ray Acito used to say that he'd never had a witness go bad on him, but that there had been times when he had failed to prepare them adequately. Joseph Kelner used to spend hours and days preparing his clients. People think that trials are performances, and they are, in a way, but they are also a demonstration of authenticity for the sake of the jury...


 I suppose I should put together

Posted on August 19, 2020
 I suppose I should put together a bug-out bag.


 Loyola Maryland has removed

Posted on August 07, 2020
 Loyola Maryland has removed Flannery O'Connor's name from one of its dorms. Angela Alaimo O?Donnell objects. As it happens I am in the midst of a re-read of "Wise Blood" at the moment, probably because I read the New Yorker article Ms O'Donnell references...


I've been thinking about "Kentucky

Posted on July 28, 2020
I've been thinking about "Kentucky Rain". It is certainly one of my favorite Elvis songs, especially to  sing along to, but I have questions.Seven lonely daysAnd a dozen towns agoI reached out one nightAnd you were goneDon't know why you'd run,What you're running to or fromI think she's running from you, guy...


Greil Marcus is a curmudgeon's

Posted on July 16, 2020
Greil Marcus is a curmudgeon's curmudgeon, which means that he is a romantic. "Ask Greil" is one of life's small pleasures for me: it reads like the few minutes before a really interesting graduate school seminar starts, when the students and the instructor talk about things that they've been reading, or listening to, or seeing...


Like Marylin Monroe A sleeps with

Posted on July 06, 2020
Like Marylin Monroe A sleeps with the radio on. This means that we frequently get BBC overnight followed by NPR's hourly news update. The difference is striking on a number of levels, but one notable divergence is that the BBC plays longer clips from Trump's speeches, while NPR tends to summarize them...


Funny James Baldwin quote about

Posted on July 01, 2020
Funny James Baldwin quote about Norman Mailer: ?? matters were not helped at all by the fact that Negro jazz musicians, among whom we sometimes found ourselves, who really liked Norman, did not for an instant consider him as being even remotely ?hip? and Norman did not know this and I could not tell him ? They thought he was a real sweet ofay cat, but a little frantic...


Number 36 at my polling place this

Posted on June 23, 2020
Number 36 at my polling place this morning


Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio is

Posted on June 19, 2020
Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio is a thing that absolutely delights me.


I was sad when I learned that Christo

Posted on June 01, 2020
I was sad when I learned that Christo had died, but then I remembered The Gates, and what a joyful experience it was.


The (old, white) guys who drafted

Posted on May 27, 2020
The (old, white) guys who drafted the Constitution were well-aware of the Common Law-- it is what informed the entire document. Since common law principles are necessarily evolutionary in nature, they had to have understood that those principles would inform Constitutional interpretation, and the earliest decisions of the Supreme Court, including Marbury, written by one of the principal authors of the Constitution expressly acknowledged this...


I'm not sure why this set is new

Posted on May 13, 2020
I'm not sure why this set is new to me: I remember seeing the ads for VSOP in Rolling Stone back in the day, and although my deep interest in jazz didn't develop until much later, I just never got around to it. So now I have. For some reason Apple categorizes VSOP as a Herbie Hancock led band I can't say I agree...


I did not know that FDR seized

Posted on April 28, 2020
I did not know that FDR seized Montgomery Ward when it's CEO, Sewell L. Avery, refused to negotiate with the company's Chicago warehouse union. Here's Avery being carried out of his office.There was a statutory basis for Roosevelt's action, which distinguishes it from Truman's seizing the steel mills, but there is nevertheless an interesting Constitutional issue here...


One way to consider our glamor

Posted on March 24, 2020
One way to consider our glamor profession is as consisting of three silos. There are the academics, the judges and the practitioners. As a person who teaches aspiring lawyers I think of myself as a law professor, even though "Professor" is an academic rank which I have not attained, and even though I have not produced the sort of writing that the legal academy regards as legal scholarship...


Recommended: The Paris Review Podcast.

Posted on March 19, 2020
Recommended: The Paris Review Podcast. Beautifully produced, with material that inspires thought. A highlight for me is Jason Alexander reading Philip Roth's "Conversion of the Jews". I haven't read the story in years and years, and thought I remembered it...


I don't suppose there's a good

Posted on March 12, 2020
I don't suppose there's a good Camus novel to be trapped in, but I'm really not enjoying this one. I'm sure my mother is relived though


A while back I thought I'd track

Posted on March 10, 2020
A while back I thought I'd track down some old teachers I'd had, write to them, and thank them. At the time I was teaching at my law school and so in touch with some of the faculty there, and my efforts to find a high school teacher that had a major effect on my life were bootless...


On June 11, 2016 I dropped my iPod

Posted on February 28, 2020
On June 11, 2016 I dropped my iPod Classic and it stopped working*. I took it to a shop to be repaired but they said it was broke for good. It's been sitting in my office since, with the thought that I might try sending it to Apple. The other day I decided to try charging it and low and behold it worked! This made me extremely happy...


Watched an episode of The Adventures

Posted on February 19, 2020
Watched an episode of The Adventures of Superman last night in which a scientist synthesized (or possibly refined) Kryptonite. In the story this was the first time Supes had encountered it. Subsequent developments suggest that the Earth is lousy with it, and it occurs to be that there are a lot more people from Krypton around than is generally assumed as well...


Time for Oscar Picks! From time

Posted on February 07, 2020
Time for Oscar Picks! From time to time I write about movies elsewhere, but this annual exercise is always fun to do.


My favorite parts of Super Bowl

Posted on February 03, 2020
My favorite parts of Super Bowl Sunday involve Mr. Ed's Super Bowl Warm Up and Bruce Eaton's Art of Jazz. Over the years Mr. Ed's has evolved into an event that Jim Jarvis and I run annually, and bring a Special Guest to. This year Jim brought his sister Wendy, and I brought Caroline's husband, Jared...


I'm still enough of a science geek

Posted on March 31, 2011
I'm still enough of a science geek to be excited by the information coming back from NASA's Messenger mission to Mercury, but it reminds me about the key reality with respect to space travel, one which most SciFi conveniently glosses over. Holy crow, there's a lot of space in space...


Damn, they caught the Bronx Zoo

Posted on March 31, 2011
Damn, they caught the Bronx Zoo Cobra just when its Twitter feed was starting to get good. From the Village Voice's account of the press conference: "'She is in a different enclosure where the rest of the venomous snakes are.' Great, now she can tell them all how to escape...


For reasons only known to my brain,

Posted on March 30, 2011
For reasons only known to my brain, this morning the Schaefer beer jingle popped into my head, where it is now firmly lodged. What a beautiful song: "Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one. Schaefer pleasure doesn't fade, even when your thirst is done...


All my life I've wondered about

Posted on March 29, 2011
All my life I've wondered about this boid, who appears on bumper stickers, on Nigel Tufnel's guitar and as a tattoo on Nick Cage in "Raising Arizona". I knew that it was some sort of gearhead thing, but what? Was this "Thrush" related to the THRUSH in "The Man From U...


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