August 2004

Really brief this time – I have to get to bed; I’m supposed to be on a 5:30am flight from BOS to PHL tomorrow morning. (Customer visit.) I’m an “early Stones” kind of guy: I’m afraid that I lost interest after Sticky Fingers. The great thing about this live-in-the-studio album Stripped is that they get…

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Just when you think things couldn’t get any more absurd… The Memory Hole is reporting a truly Orwellian attempt at censorship by the Justice Department. The ACLU had filed some documents as part of its ongoing case against the Patriot Act, and the Justice Department – as is their right, apparently – chose to black…

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Well, Marshall McLuhan’s quotation may be accurate, but sometimes the car feels like Heracles’ tunic steeped in the blood of Nessus. All of which is an absurdly pretentious way of saying that I took my car in to the dealers this morning, “unwontedly” as it were. I carefully described the shudders from the transmission that…

Read More "The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad and incomplete in the urban compound."

We just got back from the Boston MFA (Musem of Fine Arts) where a new Art Deco exhibit has just opened. It’s organized into three sections, roughly 30-50-20 percent respectively. The first presents various ideas and styles that influenced art deco – everything from Classical Greek and Egyptian, through African and Meso-american patterns and colours,…

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