King & The Mighty I

  “I wanted every 50-minute class to feel like half an hour.” Stephen King’s instructional goal is a sterling standard for teachers and (scaled accordingly) songwriters. And while he and Noel Gallagher are two whose work I’ve regrettably stopped following (the former’s out of loss of habit, the latter’s due to disappointment), when I encounter an interview with either, I […]

Sir Patrick

  “What I liked about Paddy,” one of his Cretan blood-brothers said to me, “was he was such a good man, so morally good. He could throw his pistol 40 feet in the air like this, and catch it again by the handle.” Saturday afternoon I was at Somerville’s Dilboy VFW Post for a birthday party. Gracious […]

Ooh La La

I’m sure Arne Duncan’s office is fine and all, but I bet it’s not lined with gold leaf. And in France the top education job is apparently “a prestigious position held by monumental figures,” too. Secretary Duncan may, alas, have better luck installing gold leaf in his office than commensurately elevating its status. More happily, I […]

Aux Morts!

  Singer on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, co-founder of the American Basketball Association, knighted by Pope Paul VI for humanitarian work in Nigeria… And that was before his campaign for president, or his talk show. This is one of the more intriguing obituaries I’ve ever read. (Due to vocabulary and “alignment” issues, I won’t be sharing it […]

Are We Running Out of Band Names?

  So asks this article. Apparently it’s a problem. John Paul Jones noted it a few years back, too: “Every other name is taken,” Mr. Jones explains. “Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.” Well, anyone who knows me knows that I am […]