Monthly Archives: April 2014

“A wind shear environment that promotes rotation”

I cannot say this news surprises me. Please note the equivocations, which won’t satisfy the deniers. a September 2013 study from Stanford, “Robust increases in severe thunderstorm environments in response to greenhouse forcing,” points to “a possible increase in the … Continue reading

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Haim: You lead me to no other line

I don’t know if the Fillmore Miami Beach adjusted its mixing to give Este Haim a sound commensurate with the expressions which have set The Internetz ablaze, but it sure was high. The Filmore’s acoustics, suited for opera or theater, … Continue reading

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Midterms: “Raise the dollars and secure the volunteer commitments”

Goodness me – the millennials are sick of politics (thanks, Ron Fournier; you just earned yourself a slot on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”). A long articleby Sasha Issenberg is getting attention, detailing the ways in which midterm elections have … Continue reading

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“It scares me a little bit”

You know those climate change articles, the ones showing Florida is gone in 50 years? Alton Road on Miami Beach is what I’ve got in mind. Here’s the proof: The Florida Department of Transportation has torn up Alton Road to … Continue reading

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Love and a question

A day after my weekend at EMP Pop Conference in Seattle, I was reassured: rock criticism remains as thoughtful and febrile as ever. Contentious too. Panelists and listeners batted around the differences between “archiving” and “curating” at one session (me: … Continue reading

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DJ Rashad – RIP

The news broke as a dozen of us at the EMP Pop Conference relaxed at the museum bar after a day of panels and excellent discussion. Listening to him on the plane was like walking out of a party attended … Continue reading

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Best of 2014 – First quarter

The first quarter’s ended, but I haven’t posted my favorite albums yet. Beyonce made it because I had the rare privilege of time and a purely personal interest in enjoying it through Christmas. Wish it was a longer list. It’s … Continue reading

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Singles 4/25

Tori Amos for the win, and I haven’t followed her in years. Don’t confuse the high score in the Sotobook for an Alicia Keys song for quality; it’s due to Kendrick Lamar’s brief appearance. As for Ed Sheeran, his song … Continue reading

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A terror by which I hoped never to be engulfed: James Baldwin

To a point I understand why James Baldwin has vanished from Common Core required reading lists (I understand why Bayard Rustin doesn’t appear in hagiographies about the civil rights movement). Complexities of style has nothing to do with it; for … Continue reading

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“Sharing a bed is a sign of intimacy”

I’m single because I like to sleep alone. It comes down to this fact. Relearning the joy of sleeping face down in the X position, Holly Allen doesn’t want to return to sweating and inadvertently spooning her husband: Our first … Continue reading

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On the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign sends young volunteers to collect signatures at my university at least once a semester. When I reject the request, the volunteer looks sad, as if I’d reminded her of her bigoted dad; when I explain I’m … Continue reading

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“Miami, as we know it today, is doomed”

My neighborhood doesn’t flood. Cockroaches and star spiders hang out in Westchester to escape flooding. In 2010 Allstate and Florida thought otherwise. For the first time in memory, the area was classified as a flood zone. Owning a condo meant … Continue reading

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