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Posted inNews & Politics

Face the Facts

Dear editor: George Orwell once said, “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” Having been dragged into the muck reading Jonathan Rosenbaum’s fatuous review of September 11 [September 5], it seems only fitting to say what seems self-evident. If an attack […]

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Unholy Alliance

I guess I’m supposed to admire Dan Savage [September 3]. Like his friends, who are too sensible and modern enough to “believe in much of anything either,” he’s freed himself of the oppressive yoke of religion. He’s transformed the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost into Beer, the Cubs, and Family, and has rejected the impossible […]

Posted inMusic

Organ Grinder

Medeski, Martin, and Wood Elbo Room, October 27 Tradition is a perennial topic of debate among jazz musicians and listeners. Some wield their narrow definitions like clubs, seeking to drive off any who disagree. Others might argue for more inclusive interpretations as a way to legitimize their commercial enterprises (“smooth” jazz is an obvious example, […]