Saturday Night Tunes: Free Jazz, a Collective Improvisation

With Ornette Coleman’s passing on Thursday at the age of 85, it seemed appropriate to revisit his work this week. I won’t add any more to what I’ve already written about free jazz or Coleman’s impact on it, particularly since this is kind of somber occasion and we should get to the music, but a… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Free Jazz, a Collective Improvisation

You get a cookie, part 11 of ???: Dov Charney, former CEO of American Apparel

Between spending most of last week feeling like I was dying of the Spanish Flu, playing host to our neighbor’s dog all weekend (which I of course treated like we were a five-star dog resort in danger of getting a bad review on dog Yelp instead of just letting the dog do its own thing),… Continue reading You get a cookie, part 11 of ???: Dov Charney, former CEO of American Apparel

You get a cookie, part 10 of ???: Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland

Normally when I do one of these I try to stuff it full of my own lame attempt at humor, even when I’m talking about something serious, but no jokes here. A person committed suicide in part because of a Grantland investigative report into a freaking golf putter, and that’s not funny. For those who… Continue reading You get a cookie, part 10 of ???: Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland

You get a cookie! Part 9 of ???: Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Council Chair Lindel Toups

Oh, Louisiana, will you never stop amusing the rest of the nation with your ridiculous politics? When you’re not electing KKK Grand Wizard David Duke to your State House or electing a United States Senator who pays hookers to put him in diapers, you’re electing parish council members who push to defund public libraries (via)… Continue reading You get a cookie! Part 9 of ???: Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Council Chair Lindel Toups

you get a cookie! part 8 of ???: prince al-waleed bin talal

Being tied for 26th place on Forbes‘ “World Billionaires List” seems like not such a bad thing to me. Maybe it’s the “not knowing where my next paycheck is coming from” talking, but seems to me you could live pretty comfortably even being the guy who doesn’t quite make the cut into the top 100… Continue reading you get a cookie! part 8 of ???: prince al-waleed bin talal

you get a cookie! part 7 of ???: michael o’hanlon

Full confession: this was going to be about Howie Kurtz and his courageous effort not to let being completely wrong about a story detract from the truthiness of the story itself, but then the Daily Beast, in a rare and tantalizing hint that somebody there has a clue, up and canned his ass. Not much… Continue reading you get a cookie! part 7 of ???: michael o’hanlon

you get a cookie! part 6 of ???: tim brando

Earlier today, NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete in any of the four major North American sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, which is somehow included in this list despite the fact that, and I say this as a huge hockey fan, you know). Most of the reaction was positive and… Continue reading you get a cookie! part 6 of ???: tim brando