Is Gandalf the John Bolton of Middle Earth? or #IStandWithSauron

I had read and enjoyed both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy as a young adult in the 1980s, but I could not get through The Silmarillion, which I imagine is a minimum requirement of true Tolkien fandom.

By the time Peter Jackson’s movies were released, I had changed my politics and began to question American exceptionalism and Eurocentrism. Continue reading

Stop Telling Nick Kyrgios How to Behave

0_alexander-zverev-vs-david-ferrer-acapulco-mexico-27-feb-2019I stayed up late last night watching Nick Kyrgios defeat Rafael Nadal in Acapulco. It was an amazing match.

I’m used to ESPN & Tennis Channel analysts bemoan Kyrgios’s alleged unprofessionalism, which manifests itself in injuries (from lack of training), lackadaisical effort and on court personal conduct violations. I was surprised to hear that Rafael Nadal himself criticized Kyrgios in the post-match press conference, channeling his version of Major League Baseball’s John McCann. Continue reading

“Falling Off the Corporate Ladder”: Music Which Explains Why You Can’t Tolerate the Whole Boss Thing

Generation HexedI sometimes wonder why I just can’t get that excited about corporate life. So I compiled a list of YouTube videos I entitled “Falling Off the Corporate Ladder.” If you think of others I should add, let me know. I also created a Spotify list (which doesn’t include Canibus’s Shove this Jay-Oh-Bee).

Also, check out Who Is Generation X? Stories for a Lost Generation by Jennifer McCollum. The cartoon is entitled “Generation Hexed” by Ted Rall.

Of course, many of my cohorts have done amazing things & I presume they are happy and proud of their careers. So it could just be me.

 

 

Moments from Burns’s Vietnam Episode 4 – Image, Sound and Narration Conflict

After watching the first episode, I wrote about my fears that the series would whitewash USA militarism. Here are some observations after watching Episode 4, “Resolve.”

Minute 34:

Narrator: Mogie’s combat commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Emerson, known as “the Gunfighter,” was courageous, implacable, relentless. A few months before Mogie got there, he had offered a case of whiskey to the first of his men to bring him the hacked-off head of an enemy soldier. They did. [Emphasis added. Dennis Crocker was nicknamed Mogie.] Continue reading

NFL Practices Regressive Politics? Say it isn’t so!

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This week, several NFL owners have told their players that any protest during the National Anthem would be punished with being benched (and presumably fired and blacklisted like Colin Kaepernick). Some are acting like this came out of the blue. I don’t know, maybe the NFL owners are just that way.

In the age of misogyny-inspired mass shootings, a cute pop song from my childhood is ominous

Do you all remember Joe Jackson’s 1979 breakout single “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” It has a catchy, quirky rhythm and engaging lyrics.

Nearly 40 years later, after learning about domestic violence and hearing about those who engage in mass shootings, I imagine that the protagonist of the song is doing more than “staring as my coffee grows cold” and getting “so mean around the scene.” I imagine him stockpiling guns and ammo so that Jeanie learns the hard way that her new boyfriend isn’t half the man he is. Then we won’t have to find out “if looks could kill.” We’ll have proof that a real man with guns can. Continue reading