Saturday, June 25, 2011

Random Lynx

I just attended a party celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tucson's own See Sharp Press. As the proprietor told me shortly after I moved here, radical publishers need to stick together. They do good work; check them out.

I came home to find dueling statements from Wisconsin jurists. Here David Prosser claims he never laid a hand on that woman, and here that woman says oh yes he did.

Here's a statement from the Ugandan ambassador to the UN, representing the African Union's stance on the Libya situation. You don't have to agree with every word to realize this is a perspective you're not being exposed to on a daily basis.

I'm working on the Afghanistan chapter for the update of my CIA book. This article makes a really important point that I have to cover in only a few words; it deserves a fuller explanation.

I just yesterday finished a multi-year project of reading all seven Harry Potter books aloud to my kids. But wait – there's more.

The new Buddy Holly tribute album is really really good and you can stream it at NPR. It's kind of amazing that so many of his songs sound so fresh and contemporary more than 50 years later. Also: it takes nothing away from the other performers – stalwarts like Cee-Lo, Black Keys and Fiona Apple – to say that Paul McCartney steals the show.

Dave Marsh offers a heartfelt obituary for Clarence Clemons in the context of the racial politics of Springsteen's oeuvre.

Believe me, I've seen a lot of bizarre conspiracy theories in my time, but this one takes the cake. And I am not quite sure what to make of it.

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