|5/17/10 Here's a theological position that made me smile today: Getting mad and yelling at God. click here|
|5/16/10 Today I received this email about a Hallwalls advisory group that is being formed. All the past presidents are being invited. I explain why I shouldn't attend. click here|
|5/15/13 Someone bought this painting yesterday for $43.8 million.
Was it worth it? Or is this another case of "Something has value if there is someone else out there who will one day pay you more for it"?
Imagine the good things that could... have been done with that money:
- helping people whose homes are in foreclosure because their monthly payment was doubled by the new mortgage holder.
- helping workers that are organizing in fast food chains and Walmarts throughout the US
- renovating shut down libraries that community volunteers want to reopen and run.
- growing food on abandoned city lots and offering it to the neighborhood.
|5/12/13 For me, Mothers Day is a good time to reflect on the hard as nails, outspoken mother figures in my life.
A Mothers Day Remembrance for the Argumentative and the Damned
|5/10/10 Here is something to help you refine your theological position. It is called The Aspirin and the Prayer. click here|
|5/8/13 The pastors of three churches in Batavia woke up yesterday morning to find this message had been painted overnight. click here|
|5/6/13 Listen to "We're so civilized" by MX-80 Sound.
I can't understand what is being said in the "collect our money" verse and the "apologize in a room" verse. Can someone with better hearing send me their interpretation of the lyrics from this hard to find 1977 release? audio clip (1:34)
|4/26/13 Listen to "Hey Jude" in a minor key and hear how it affects the song. audio clip (2:53)|
|4/25/13 Wes Nisker talks about the need for a new creation story that shows our connection to the Earth. audio clip (2:22)|
|4/15/13 Tax Day
Here is an audio clip that will give you something to reflect on if you are preparing your taxes (4:21)
|4/14/13 Email exchange
Friend: One should not have children for whom it is not reasonable to hope for a reasonable future, looking at things realistically to the very best of one's ability. They should, in my opinion, decide that now is just not the right time to be having children. There are lots of places in the world where lots of people who do not agree with me and have children. It's getting worse and worse, and there's nothing I can do about it.
RW: You have put your finger on a part of the human condition: seeing suffering that you have no control over stopping. Here's a thought provking Bukowski poem about that.
(3:20) audio clip: Charles Bukowski reads his poem "The Crunch" (3:20)
|4/10/13 Sarah Schulman
I have been reading Sarah Schulman's book "The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination". She is one of the founding members of ACT UP. In the book she describes the erasure of a liberated gay culture and its replacement with a conservative one as its revolutionary leaders died of AIDS. As she says "Why would we want to be included in a failed heterosexual institution? If gay people had been divided into private family units at the time of the AIDS crisis, we never would have had AIDS activism. Losing the community based relationship is a terrible mistake."
(5:06) Click here to listen
|10/4/81 From the archives - Stanley Dayan
A phone interview with Stanley Dayan from 1981 in which he talks about theism, his concept of "the Mother", the differences between men and women, and how life in Gloucester, Mass. differs from life in Buffalo, NY.
(25:18) or click here, to download right click here
|10/18/09 Ezra Pound reads from his Sestina Alta Forte
In the recording studio, the producer must have said "This guy is on fire. Put that tympani drum next to him and see what he does with it". It is a funny thing about Pound. He was born in Idaho and raised in Pennsylvania. At age 25 he went to Europe and somehow he miraculously picked up one hell of a Scottish-like accent. I am thinking about moving there just so I can roll my r's like him. Enjoy.
to listen (0:59) or click here
|10/1/09 My Dinner with Andre
Some audio from the excellent 1981 movie is mixed with Malher's first symphony as the background music.
to listen (2:28) or click here
|8/16/09 Stokely Carmichael
Here is an excellent speech on the importance of fighting the evils of capitalism from 1971.
to listen (36:04) or click here
|7/30/09 Hate speech on talk radio
Bill Moyers gives examples of how various radio personalities are crossing the line between free speech and hate speech which has led to some disastrous consequences.
to listen (20:43) or click here
• An architectural study in which groups of kids were given a bunch of cardboard boxes and building materials and asked to "build" a representation of their neighborhood. The results were surprising.
• The House Financial Services Committee berates Neel Kashkari on his oversight of the corporate bailout.
• John Buckley talks about a grass roots therapy movement called co-counseling.
• Awni and Safa talk about the current political situation in the Gaza Strip.
• David Rothkopf talks about his book "Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making" He gives some shocking statistics about the distribution of wealth on our planet. (5:05)