My new "Think Again" column is called "Mainstream Media to Conservatives: ‘Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another?’" It’s about right wing narratives being swallowed in re: Acorn, Climate Change, and now the Tea Party. That’s here .
And my Nation column is about Bill Moyers’ retirement, and that’s here.
I saw "Million Dollar Quartet" on Broadway last week. It was nice, fun, harmless entertainment appropriate both for children and for Japanese tourists. It does not hew terribly close to the historical record of the now famous meeting between Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, but it strikes me as pretty true to each one’s personality and all the actors pull off their parts with humor and charm. I kept thinking it would be hell on the people who really knew these people since what you are seeing is surface impressions of them that are transposed to private behavior, where obviously we are all quite different. One person to whom I would not recommend it, for instance, would be the daughter of one of the principles, despite the respectful portrayal of said father. I happened to send a note to someone who happened to be such a daughter that night, thinking myself ahead of the curve for being so, and guess what I got back? A quick email saying "Bruce sang ‘Sea of Heartbreak’ with me in Durham. Thought you’d want to know…" Boy, who won that one, huh? (Scroll down to April 16). Still I’m recommending the show, so long as you’re going in with managed expectations. Tonight I’m taking the kid to "American Idiot" on Broadway and I’ll try to have something to say about it tomorrow.
One thing I won’t be seeing, darn that dream, is this weekend’s first ever Rascals reunion. I got this in the mail a few minutes ago: "RASCALS TO REUNITE AT KRISTEN ANN CARR FUND BENEFIT.
"Hall Of Fame members The Rascals will perform with all four original members for the first time in forty years at the Kristen Ann Carr benefit this Saturday April 24th at Robert DeNiro’s restaurant Tribeca Grill in downtown Manhattan. For Stevie Van Zandt, who along with his wife Maureen is being honored at the annual fundraiser, it’s a lifelong dream come true and the culmination of thirty years of discussions."
I love the Rascals and this is surely a good cause, but with things being what they are around The Nation, I don’t have the spare $2500. Maybe you do. There’s info here http://sarcoma.com/ (The Kristen Ann Carr Fund was founded in 1993 by Bruce Springsteen’s co-manager Barbara Carr and her husband, Dave Marsh, after Sarcoma claimed the life of their daughter, 21-year-old Kristen Ann Carr. Honoring the life of this extraordinary young woman, The Fund has established a comprehensive sarcoma laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and provides sarcoma fellowships in both surgery and oncology at MSKCC and supports programs designed to help teenagers and young adults with cancer and other serious illnesses).