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A time of reckoning: the Democratic Party and sexual abuse

Breaking news today that Al Franken kissed and groped a woman without her consent.  Franken has long been a minor hero of mine. An ideologically passionate but intensely pragmatic politician, who took advantage of his celebrity to move into public … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ani DiFranco songs

Ani DiFranco burst out in 1990 with a self-titled album of complex, beautiful, haunting songs characterized by a unique guitar picking style and an evocative lyrical style. Ever since, she’s spent three prolific decades experimenting with an impressive array of musical … Continue reading

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The Beatles from worst to first

Back in the early days of the blog, I published a series of posts ranking every Beatles song from worst to first. Recently, I’ve seen a couple more such lists popping up, and thought it might be a good time … Continue reading

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It was fifty years ago today: Sgt. Pepper and the Rise of the Counterculture

Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the United States. In a country as large and diverse as this one, there will never be a true moment of national unity. But June … Continue reading

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To Defend the Rule of Law, Democrats Should Filibuster

I wrote an Op-Ed for the Austin American Statesman about Gorsuch, Garland, and why the Democrats should filibuster. The presidency of Donald Trump poses significant questions about core principles of American democracy: checks and balances, and the separation of power. A … Continue reading

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The Democratic Party at a Crossroads: Practical Advice for Rebuilding American Democracy

The Democratic Party is at a crossroads . The first two weeks of the Trump administration have catalyzed a powerful wave of protest and political action—the likes of which  haven’t been seen in decades. There was a lot of talk … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: the top 10

Kurt Vonnegut said that “a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.” I think that’s exactly right. And these are the songs that make me appreciate being alive. My existence would … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: 11-20

We’re entering the heights now. These are the songs that blow my world away every time I hear them, songs that make life worth living, songs that are as holy as the work of Michelangelo or Keats or Austen. Spotify playlist with … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: 21-30

We’re getting close to the top of the list now, and it’s really difficult to draw a line between many of these songs. They’re all basically perfect–and the question is really just how many degrees of infinity I can try … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: 31-40

Many of my favorite songs of love and loss here. From the passions of youth to the quiet resignation of age, and everything in between. Spotify playlist with (almost) every song from this project. 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90, … Continue reading

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