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The long obituary for the compact disc

For as long as CDs have been around I’ve read these stories. Before CDs it was vinyl (no one much liked cassettes). Starbucks has joined the planned obsolescence of the CD: The CD, never a much-loved object, is inching toward … Continue reading

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‘Were you in the yard with your wife and children?’

One of the better responses to Ted Cruz’s 9-11-inspired affection for the values of country: But I’m hard-pressed to think of any rockers, classic or otherwise, who were disrespectful in the aftermath of 9/11. Certainly it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or … Continue reading

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Expecting too much, Pt. 3146

It’s not often two of my favorite political journalists and bloggers make two obtuse musical remarks in one day. Louis Menand, reviewing W. Joseph Campbell’s 1995: The Year the Future Began: The stock market began the nineteen-nineties with the Dow … Continue reading

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‘He’s lost his job. How much does the government want?’

Good on the NYT editorial board for decrying the double standard whereby respected establishment member David Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist and an earnest finger wag for the leaking of classified information to his favorite reporters while Abbe … Continue reading

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‘The terrible price that generations of Cubans have paid’

Reviewing hagiography about Cuba by the grandson of Fidel sycophant Waldo Frank, Enrique Krauze cites facts often overlooked about Cuba before 1959: It should be remembered that Cuba, before the revolution, produced 80 percent of its food, while today it … Continue reading

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The peril of narratives

Besides “optics,” “going forward,” and “Joe Scarborough,” the most useless string of words in political journalism is “feeding the narrative.” When reporters use it on TV, it’s like a flare fired by a survivor on a raft: a signal that … Continue reading

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‘I like sha-lum better. Who cares what it means?’

Rolling Stone‘s minute by minute account of the recording of “We Are the World,” released thirty (!) years ago this week. The juicy bits: 2:09 Jazz singer Al Jarreau gets 10 syllables (nine more than Jimmy Thudpucker got in Doonesbury’s … Continue reading

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