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Tag Archives: 1960s
Now that the general election campaign is heating up, something is becoming painfully obvious: Mitt Romney has no history of bringing serious skin to the American game, and yet he wants to be captain of the American team. Exhibit A is … Continue reading
I’ve long thought of Barack Obama as the fifth Beatle, but I wonder what, exactly, the below video means. Does it represent the cultural triumph of the 1960s (America’s first black president singing “Hey Jude” with Paul McCartney in the White House), … Continue reading
George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the godfather of world music. And here is Ravi Shankar in interview with George Harrison: And yes, he’s still playing. Here is Shankar in 2009: . And here’s Shankar on Dick Cavett’s show:
This nineteenth century person was. She let herself be painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and he named the painting Lise the Bohemian (1868): This appears to be a young woman, amidst a languid summer, in the process of falling in on herself, almost … Continue reading
He’s 78 years old, and his stage name is Steve Rossi. His nonstage name is Steve Tafarella: And when he was young:
Of cancer. She was 73. She was 27 when she sang this:
My wife’s friend (and our colleague at the college that we all teach at in California) hit the big time last month, seeing her University of Nebraska Press book, How to Cook a Tapir, reviewed in both the Los Angeles Times … Continue reading
Escaping from freedom into the ecstasy of resignation and submission (1967): Or another way to look at it: “Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken tenderness” (R. Hall).
I thought that there were two rather brilliant observations by the narrator of this video. The first was on groovy clothes dressing and clothing shops in general: It’s all another tiny colored womb, warm and gentle, in its way an … Continue reading
“In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits”: See Here John Updike, in a 1995 Interview, Discussing His Short Story, “A & P”
Part one: Part two:
Because the highest office held by any human being in the world—the Presidency of the United States—has been won by a black man, no child of God, anywhere on earth, need ever again limit his or her horizon because of skin color. So why are so many Christians unhappy about Barack Obama’s election?
It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America—and on November 4th, this habit of segregation appears to have translated into sharply divergent voting as well. 70% of white evangelicals, for example, appear to have … Continue reading
Alan Watts was a former Anglican priest turned scholar of Japanese Zen. An icon of the 1960s counter-culture, Watts used to go around giving spontaneous and magical lectures at American college campuses, turning-on students to Eastern forms of reflection and meditation. … Continue reading