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Is Violence a Spectator Sport?

By July 25, 2011 122 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto believes we do not need violence to be entertained or educated, nor as part of our political discourse or behavior.   I was coming home one day, not long ago, a lovely spring afternoon with flower seeds in the air and sunshine bouncing off every surface of Brownstone Brooklyn. I walked past…

What 10 Albums Would You Want on a Deserted Island?

By July 21, 2011 173 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto has his ten albums. What are yours?   I recently wrote about the Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run. It was the death of Clarence Clemons that inspired me to reflect on all the specific memories brought about by that iconic cover. Thinking about the photo of Clarence and Bruce on Born…

It’s Time for the President to Shine

By July 15, 2011 115 comments Permalink

A few months ago, on the heels of President Obama’s stirring appearance at the National Correspondent’s Dinner, I encouraged him to be more available. I encouraged him to not only be seen more often, but to be assertive in his criticism of those Republican rivals being actively disingenuous or flat-out lying. Now would be a…

Lamb Chops, Jezebel, and Kate Chopin

By July 11, 2011 102 comments Permalink

  Is there such a thing as modern feminism?   As a composition instructor, the only short-story I routinely keep in my repertoire is “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. It’s a nifty little tale of an aristocratic young woman with a heart condition in late 19th Century Louisiana who finds out that…

The Shot-in-the-Ass Economy

By July 6, 2011 83 comments Permalink

The continuing political battle regarding the debt ceiling in particular and the overall economy in general relates nicely to a scene in the masterful short-story “Until Gwen” by Dennis Lehane. The main character and his girlfriend are removing a hidden diamond from the room of a drugged nursing-home patient when the owner of that diamond,…