The primary argument for globalization was that it was going to make the world “smaller.” As recently as 16 years ago the world was big! In order to find good music, you had to work for it. Jay-sus, now I sound like that Dana Carvey “Grumpy Old Man” character, “That’s the way it was and … Continue reading Not Better But Smaller
FLNNN Florida News Network News The extra n is for news. I have an affinity for all the silliness that is Florida. And for reasons still unknown, Florida has no shortage of silliness. Over the years I’ve toyed with various ways in sharing my love affair with Florida. There was a short-lived web series and … Continue reading FLNNN – Florida News Network News
During my lifetime, I’ve witnessed America develop into a nation with a political and cultural fissure so large it seems nothing short of a revolution can correct it. To wit: There are Coke people. There are Pepsi people. We have Yankee fans. We have Red Sox fans. Almond Joy has nuts. Mounds don’t. We have Marriott … Continue reading …Divided We Fall
I will not ignore the color of your skin. I can’t. If you are African-American, Latin American, Asian American, Indigenous, Irish American, Italian American, Spanish-American, black, brown, yellow, white, green or blue, I will not ignore your color. Not because I don’t have a desire to, it’s just an impossibility. I will ignore your sexual preference. … Continue reading I Will Not
The more I read and hear about Bernie Sanders, the more I am beginning to realize I have heard some of this before (not in a bad or critical way.) I am of the school of thought that can see more and more of Bobby Kennedy in Bernie Sanders, which is a good thing. I can’t … Continue reading Bobby and Bernie: Kindred Spirits
Still bummed about Prince. Back in 2009 SPIN Magazine put out a compilation of modern artists covering the Purple Rain album to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The artists include Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, of Montreal, Riverboat Gamblers, etc. It’s an odd mix of artists and it seems only fitting that it be posted … Continue reading More Prince
I just woke up for my midnight feeding and started thinking about Prince. Again. Of course, I then realized what kind of blogger, music nerd or writer would I be if I didn’t contribute to the outpouring of love and remembrance that is coming from everywhere to celebrate this man, Prince Rogers Nelson (it was … Continue reading Prince 1958 – 2016
“So, I’ve been thinking” are, collectively, some of the most dreaded words in the English language. Almost as bad as “I think we should talk.” Last night I was reading The Revolt of the Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch. Published in 1995, this was his final tome’ and in a chapter … Continue reading So, I’ve Been Thinking
Rufus sometimes likes to leave his graffiti tag. If you find yourself around Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Kent Ave.) you may run across a few here and there…and maybe other places.
If you think about fog thematically, there are two kinds to consider. There is the thematic fog akin to taking a hit of some really potent weed which makes you feel somewhat “murky” but still pleasant and clear-headed enough to remain very functional and social. Then there is the other kind where you wake up … Continue reading The Fog of the Culture War
I’m learning to live without you now, But I miss you sometimes, The more I know, the less I understand, All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again, I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the heart of the matter, But my will gets weak, And my thoughts seem to scatter, But I … Continue reading It’s about forgiveness. It’s about acceptance.
Ain’t nothing news anymore…at least not anything regurgitated in American media. So the big “news” today is that Fox anchor Megyn Kelly had a meeting with ass monkey extraordinaire (and presidential candidate) Donald J. Trump (you really should notice how selective the media is in using the J). Now, I never thought I would find … Continue reading What’s News, Pussycat?
OUCH! FUCK! Like a sore tooth you can’t help but touch, I, like most media watchers, just can’t seem to stay away from talking about this Donald J. Trump mess (anyone else notice that the J. just sort of appeared, I don’t deny it’s legitimacy, but still…and btw Trump looks an awful lot like cartoon … Continue reading Trump is like a sore tooth.
I flew out from JFK in NYC out to LAX in LA this morning. I starting jotting down some notes while in the TSA line: If you don’t know how to use a computer PLEASE don’t try to use the kiosk check ins. Jesus, you’d think some of these people have never seen a computer … Continue reading Random Thoughts Monday March 21: The Travel Version
Well, last night saw another gathering of the loony tunes characters that has come to be known as a Republican “debate”. In actuality, it’s really just a forum of meglomaniacs who blather on about their xenophobia, misguided economic views and outright fascism under the guise of political discourse (notice I left out the part about … Continue reading (sigh) More Jackassery
Dear Jann S. Wenner, et al, What. The. Fuck. I was an avid Rolling Stone reader for close to 20 years. I even collected the magazines. You try lugging around 15 years of wrapped magazines…this was a source of much consternation with an ex (who eventually took the liberty of throwing them out in my … Continue reading Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine
Ten Random Thoughts At Noon: Sometimes the Oscars get it right. Make no mistake, Spotlight was the best movie of last year. Not for nuthin, but I called that two minutes after I saw it (just sayin). It is THAT good. But if you are expecting shit blowing up or scantily clad…err, priests, you are…well, … Continue reading Random Thoughts Monday February 29, 2016
Or put another way, Donald Trump is to politics what Kanye West is to music (shitty). They’re both only good because they keep telling us they’re good. I assure you, NEITHER are good, let alone great. To think that anything Trump says is either substantial or has political merit is to be completely ignorant to … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Political Equivalent of a Monkey Flinging Poo
I had an exchange recently where I referred to Kanye West as a C level talent who keeps telling us he’s an A level talent. Guess what? He’s not. And thankfully, ears more trained and skilled than my own agree with me. None other than Bob Ezrin recently wrote into Lefsetz to rant about the … Continue reading Bob Ezrin on Kanye West
In case you have either been living under a rock for the past year or waking up from a coma, reality star, media whore and garish real estate developer Donald Trump is running for President of the United States. Sadly, he’s actually doing quite well (but I need not remind you that the popular vote … Continue reading 10 New and Ridiculous Donald Trump Statements
The truth to being a New Yorker is that it is a lot like being in an abusive relationship. I should know, my relationship with NYC lasted 13.5 years and I still love that damn place. I always will. Now, don’t get all knotted up. I mean no disrespect to anyone involved in any sort … Continue reading What No One Will Admit About NYC
I’m too busy to write a full-blown thought out post and realize Twitter is more or less a blast into the ether, so I am jotting down some random thoughts. Am I seriously the only one who thinks Ted Cruz is the political ghost of Richard Nixon? Deceitful and malleable politician with only his interests … Continue reading Random Thoughts – Thursday January 14, 2016
The hubub surrounding the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” is justified. The docu-series is about Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey and their convinction in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Somewhere around the end of the series it dawned on me that as fascinating as this case is, and it’s fascinating, it really highlights the way … Continue reading Much Ado About Something
I recently moved from Brooklyn out to the suburbs in Connecticut. Brooklyn has changed. To borrow a phrase from classic rock schmaltz makers REO Speedwagon, it was time for me to fly. I also recently procured a car. Turns out my father had an extra car after my mom passed away. Far be it from me … Continue reading Classic Rock on the Radio
If you revere “It’s a Wonderful Life” as much as most of…well, the world (excluding Donald Trump, who just really hates…well, everyone and everything, except himself), then you have probably looked over a pretty big plot point faux pas. The Onion’s film critic Peter K. Rosenthal sets the record straight.
Me and the Rufus are thunder buddies for life. A lot like this:
Brian Knappenberger’s documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, did for Aaron Swartz what Asif Kapadia’s Amy did for Amy Winehouse, remind us what a terrible loss both of them were. If your under the age of 40, I would expect you to know the name Amy Winehouse. However, unless you’re a hacker or media nerd, I wouldn’t … Continue reading The Internet’s Own Boy
The holidays are upon us (whatever you celebrate, even if you celebrate the war on Christmas…have you noticed that this war on Christmas keeps coming earlier and earlier each year…waiting for the War on Christmas in July). With the season comes a slew of hackneyed colloquialisms. Now if you work in an office setting a … Continue reading The Office A**hole
A few months ago the folks at Metropolitan Magazine reached out to me after I had submitted a sample of my writing. I had forgotten about it but it turns out they liked it. After a few pitches to Executive Editor Amber Snider they finally bit into a couple, Meet the New Boss: New Media and … Continue reading Two New Articles Posted
Greetings from the city of lost angels…and souls. So I watched the last hour of the Republican debate the other night. Trying to find it on the hotel television was as complicated as trying to understand the success of the Kardashian family. I eventually ended up streaming it on the Fox News website. Incidently, big … Continue reading Are Republicans Flagrantly Sexist?
Do you know how I know this? Because I’m broke. I realize it’s trite to be prattling on about income disparity and the 1% versus the 99%. Incidentally, a more than viable term that has somehow sadly devolved into a punchline. As trite as it may be, it is still relevant. And no matter how … Continue reading I am the Middle Class
No no, I don’t mean the United States of America. I mean the United States of Advertising (Bill Hicks). As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party I wanted to watch the first debate last night on CNN. Now, I should point out, I don’t have television. I HAVE a television fer chrissakes, I am … Continue reading USA! USA! USA!
For the past seven years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn. New York. Before moving to Williamsburg, the worldwide epicenter of hip, I lived in Billyburg’s kissing cousin, Greenpoint. Both have been subjected to an aggressive gentrification agenda. One of the most aggressive in recent years. With gentrification comes hipsters. A lot of hipsters. Revelation 9:3-10 “Then … Continue reading Williamsburg, Brooklyn Has Jumped the Shark
There is a great SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketch where a category is “Pen Is Mightier” and Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery keeps pronouncing it “Penis Mightier”. (Here’s a link to the audio and some sort of World of Warcraft like animation) And you know what? It’s true. The pen IS mightier (the jury is out on the … Continue reading The PenIs Mightier