Friday, July 3
Shadow

Satire / parody

And Speaking of Immigration …

And Speaking of Immigration …

citizenship, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Freedom, humor, Ideology, immigration, law, Politics, republic, Satire / parody, Spirituality
… which I wasn’t, but now that I have your attention … I have a solution for, probably not all, but certainly a major portion of the undocumented immigrant issue. Now, before you fling yourself supine upon the floor, slobbering with gratitude, and wailing “O mighty and beneficent Skeptic-in-Residence! I wish God had made me cool like you!”, please hear me out. First of all, I hope you were not wearing sandals when you read the stuff in quotes in the previous sentence. Messy. But secondly … I think one reason people come across the border, hide in the shadows of American society, and never get around to taking the citizenship test and “going legal” is because the citizenship test is so … well … there’s really no nice way to say this … because the US citizenship test is so boooo-rrrring. So...
How to Ruin Good (Even Great) Music

How to Ruin Good (Even Great) Music

Bugs Bunny, Classical / Baroque music, humor, Mad Magazine, music, Popular music, Satire / parody, Spirituality
Actually, the title should be “How to Ruin the Experience of Listening to Good (Even Great) Music,” but that was too long. I suppose one could argue that the experience of listening to good music, as far as the listener is concerned, is the music. But let's not quibble about ontology. In any case, I know at least two ways of forever ruining both the music and the experience thereof. Please understand: in what follows, for anyone who loves music, as I do, these are practices to be avoided at all cost if you love good music, especially great music … or just music, period. Please understand, also, that I did not avoid these practices, and so much – not all, but much – good, even great, music is now forever accompanied inside my skull by a parallel sound track of the “music-as-ruined”. I canno...