"As long as we are not chased from our words we have nothing to fear. As long as our utterances keep their sound we have a voice. As long as our words keep their sense we have a soul." -- Edmond Jabes, from The Book of Yukel, Return to the Book

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the 4-hour show

Here's the set list from last night's show:

New York City Serenade
Blinded by the Light
Does this Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
It's Hard to be a Saint in the City
Spirit in the Night
Summertime blues (Eddie Cochran)
4th of July (Sandy)
Kitty's Back
Incident on 57th Street
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann)
Atlantic City
I'm Going Down
Darlington County
Workin' on the Highway
Downbound tTain
I'm on Fire
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Living Proof
Candys Room
She's the One
Because the Night (Live 75-85 lyrics)
The Rising

Secret Garden
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freezeout
Twist and Shout (Isley Brothers/The Beatles)
Glory Days
Shout (Isley Brothers)
Jersey Girl (Tom Wait, with verse added by Springsteen)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Today's quiz: Who said this?

A quote:
America today is not the America of twenty-five years ago, but stands mongrelized, alienized and demoralized in the eyes of her own citizens.
Who said this and when?

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Donald Trump Blues

Got the Donald Trump blues
I got the Donald Trump blues
Better tie up your shoes
Keep the fascists in the rear view
Got the Donald Trump blues

Wants to build a great wall
Keep the Muslims in the hall
We'll have a great ball
Makin' 'Merica great again

Everyone'll stand tall
Waitin' for the Mussolini call
Along the Bloomberg crawl
Makin' 'Merica hate, my friend

Got the Donald Trump blues
I got the Donald Trump blues
Better tie up your shoes
Keep the fascists in the rear view
Got the Donald Trump blues

Well I got the poison headache
can't get a break
can't believe we'd make
such a mistake
he's such a fucking lowdown ornery fake

Wants to build him a wall
Ban the Muslims and all
With his hands so small
Makin' 'Merica hate, my friend

You don't have to call
Mussolini and all
Better not stall
Gotta makin' 'Merica great again

It's the Donald Trump blues
The ever-hatin' Donald Trump blues
I know you're waiting
There ain't no debatin'
The Donald Trump blues

Friday, August 19, 2016

New book is front-page news

My new book, As an Alien in a Land of Promise, is coming out next month from Piscataway House Publications. You can pre-order it here, if you are interested (don't forget the PayPal link). As part of the run-up, though, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Chuck O'Donnell of The Home News-Tribune. You can find his story here (or on the front page of Monday's paper).

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Grassroots: Killing the killer

Yes, I'm still opposed the death penalty. Read here to find out why.

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