the planet is burning up; this should have been on every front page

September 29, 2018

in the washington post

and never forget, the oil companies knew this, 40 years ago –



September 1, 1998 – Harry Potter Comes to America

September 1, 2018

And we’ve been better for it. Thank you so much, JK Rowling.


On This Day, 44 Years Ago . . . .

August 8, 2018

Seems like a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. This was 6 years to the day from his acceptance of the nomination at the 1968 convention.

Nixon’s resignation speech.


August 6, 1960, American Bandstand Gives America Chubby Checker and The Twist

August 6, 2018

Then, 30 years ago:


August 6, 1965: Lyndon Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act

August 6, 2018

The question now is, will it survive?

Here’s Louis Menand’s New Yorker piece from five years ago, which ran right after the infamous Shelby County Supreme Court decision that struck down a central provision of the law, tracing the history of the Act.


On August 4, We Celebrate the Birth of One of the Most Influential Musicians, Ever

August 5, 2018

Louis Armstrong.


June 14, 1970 – The Grateful Dead Release “Workingman’s Dead”

June 14, 2018

Which opens with one of my favorite songs, ever, balm for the soul: