We (Danielle and I) have a new Think Again up here.
It’s called Media To Climate: ‘Drop Dead.’
“There is a crack; a crack in everything. That’s how the light getsin.”
Lucky me, continued: In one of the hardest tickets to get I’ve ever seen in New York, I saw Leonard Cohen at the newly restored Beacon theater last night and it was one of the most wonderful shows of my life; theconcert was like being in church but in some imaginary church, (or shul)that actually does what a church or a shul is supposed to do. Leonardwas magnificent, during the course of three hours and twenty minutes ofclassic after classic after classic as was the band and the singers. Hethanked and recognized virtually everyone who helped make the show. Theaudience was rapt, perfectly quiet and deeply appreciative. An argumentfor age, wisdom and grace as powerful as any I’ve ever seen. A nearlyperfect evening–and a truly transcendent experience. Is Mr. Cohencoming to your town? You’ll kick yourself if you don’t go, unless itturns out to be impossible. (I noticed on CL here that there was a realdanger of counterfeit tickets.)
This week on Moyers:
Robert G. Kaiser has been following Beltway politics for The WashingtonPost for nearly 50 years. This week on the Journal, Bill Moyers talkswith Kaiser about how our nation’s Capitol has succumbed to lobbyistsand turned government into big business. Kaiser is author of So DamnMuch Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of AmericanGovernment. And, Bill Moyers sits down with Parker J. Palmer, founderand senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, for aconversation about maintaining spiritual wholeness even as the economyand political order seem to come apart.
Name: LTC Bob Bateman
Hometown: Capitol Hill
I have been holding something back, something in my pocket,for a little while. It is knowledge about a show that will hit thescreen tomorrow, and not the big screen mind you, the little one.
Normally I don’t much hold with watching television. Sometimes it sucks me in on a lazy and rainy Sunday afternoon, but by and large I have missed most of the television events which form the touchstones of passing years. Seinfeld? Nope, barely ever saw an episode. Friends? No again. Desperate Housewives, Lost, American Idol and all the rest are vaguely familiar as concepts, but I can honestly say that I’ve never seen any of them.
This is not cultural superiority. It’s just how my brain works. It’s anomalous and purely a function of biochemistry in my opinion. If it makes any difference I would note that I also don’t (hold on to your hats Altercators) listen to music. Not of my own volition. I am as likely to listen to a song as I am to watch the television, so those cultural touchstones of hundreds and hundreds of years of human music-making are pretty much lost on me as well. I can recognizedifferent singers and different bands, but for the overwhelming majorityof my life music (except when I have tried to make it myself) has beenwasted on my ears. And who would admit that? By any measure that is adeficiency. I know that. Like I said, I think it is just the way my mindworks.