All, I’ve got a new “Think Again:” The World as It “Ought to Be,” which is here.
Perhaps, however, this is a good week to go back and take a look at some of Marty Peretz’s greatest hits here.
Also, next week I’m doing a panel, which Katrina is moderating, called “Which Way for the Working Class? Elections 2010 and Beyond”
Friday, September 24, 2010
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
51 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003
Moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation
Eric Alterman, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Bob Herbert, the New York Times
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Karen Nussbaum, Executive Director, Working America
This just in. “A curious phenomenon has emerged at the intersection of fashion, sports and crime: dozens of men and women who have robbed, beaten, stabbed and shot at their fellow New Yorkers have done so while wearing Yankees caps or clothing.”
“The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles.” Really what is there to say? Well, how about the fact that it retails for only $14.99?
Night one is February 9, 1964 and they do stuff like “I wanna hold your hand,” they come back and a week later on February 16.
Then they come back a year and half later on September 12 1965 with “Ticket to Ride”, “I Feel Fine”, “Yesterday” and “Help!” and then again one more time. They’re practically a different band by this time, and one can’t really say enough about how wonderful they were, but hey, the whole shows are great and so, too, are the commercials. The audio mix is not bad, too.
On an unrelated, though still DVDesque topic, have I mentioned that there are now three new Leonard Cohen-related dvds out? Well, you can trust me, there are. They are:
a) Lonesome Heroes. This one is one of those symposiums of expert opinion, if you like that sort of thing.
b) Bird on a Wire. This one is a record of a 1972 European tour that began in Dublin and ended in Jerusalem when he was a moody poet/philosopher/folk singer/sex symbol and superstar abroad, but not so well known here. It’s actually pretty honest and interesting and definitely worth renting if you don’t want to own it. Read all about it here.
c) “Songs from the Road” is the new cd/dvd from the amazing world tour the old man did that ended up here at Madison Square Garden. (I saw the show at the Beacon—which was one of the greatest nights of my life, and Radio City, which was merely wonderful.) This is the same tour as the “Live in London” double cd and dvd, but the band has been playing for a much longer time together and the tracks are culled from the alleged best performances. It’s only 12 songs and it comes in all imaginable formats. I’m still looking forward to the Bluray because if anybody deserves a Bluray, it was Leonard Cohen on this tour. I haven’t gone to the trouble of comparing the setlists with the London set, because, it strikes me as churlish to try and save small amounts of money on something so wonderful. You can read all about it here.