My new Think Again column is called: How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)
My Nation column is called “Shut Up About the Jews Already...” I don’t exactly plan to do that myself, since I’m writing a book about these very same Jews, but in the narrow sense that I mean it, I do mean it.
A time out for Music and Good Causes:
On October 16, Steve Van Zandt will be honored with the “Big Man of The Year Award,” given annually to honor the legacy of the late, great Clarence Clemons at the Little Kids Rock’s 10th anniversary Right to Rock Celebration, sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love. They say they are expecting Elvis Costello, Dion, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary US Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad (and who knows who else, ahem), to show up and play. The funds help Little Kids Rock bring the gift of music education to disadvantaged youth across the US. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom and will run from 6:30pm until the music stops. For more information, go to littlekidsrock.org/tickets or call 973-746-8248.
Last week, I mentioned the Stand Up for Heroes benefit, for the Bob Woodruff Foundation raising funds for injured service members, veterans and their families, I forgot to mention that the event is being sponsored by the New York Comedy Festival, which has a whole list of other, funny-but-Bruceless events here. It’s on Nov. 8 at the Beacon and Jon Stewart, Max Weinberg, Ricki Gervais, etc. and last year’s show was terrific.
Finally, once again, if you were as disappointed as everyone else was with that pathetic performance of the presidnent’s the other night, I think I can guarantee that for “Jazz for Obama” at Symphony Space on October 9 (read all about it, here) will leave you in a much better mood. These guys don’t disappoint.
I’ve long admired the liberal, democratic political philosopher Alan Ryan as a kind of model public-minded scholar. I was on the money in my admiration, but wrong on the model part. Ryan is apparently beyond human and hence, not a model for the rest of us mere mortals.
I say this because I recently received On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present in two volumes from Princeton University Press. The book spans, I kid you not, three thousand years, from the origins of political philosophy to the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli in the first book and from Hobbes to the present in the second. All together it’s 1152 pages and I really do intend to read every one of them, though I can’t tell you exactly when.