An open letter to Ani DiFranco after listening to her 2017 album, Binary. A lot.

The numbers don’t lie, Ani; I did the math. Binary is an act of transmogrification. Ani, it really does pencil out. Great artists frequently do their best, most transformational work in their mid to late 40s. The fans often fail to appreciate the originality and maturity of the resulting work, having grown up on theContinue reading “An open letter to Ani DiFranco after listening to her 2017 album, Binary. A lot.”

A Scandinavian wood-chopping cult classic that touches the heart, head, and hands in equal measure: A review of Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood

One of the distinctive features of Lars Mytting’s cult classic, Norwegian Wood, is that is touches the heart, the head, and the hands in equal measure. It’s like an equilibrium triangle of the literary arts, a rare feat in any language. You will want to go out and collect, chop, and stack wood while reading,Continue reading “A Scandinavian wood-chopping cult classic that touches the heart, head, and hands in equal measure: A review of Lars Mytting’s Norwegian Wood”

Moody melodies, quirky turns of phrase, superb supporting cast, & virtuoso guitar licks aplenty: A reflective review of Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever.

Over the course of a musical career spanning more than five full decades, Mark Knopfler has learned to do three things extremely well. He has become a master storyteller, due in no small part to his early years as a newspaper reporter, English major, and lifelong lover of history. He became a virtuoso guitar playerContinue reading “Moody melodies, quirky turns of phrase, superb supporting cast, & virtuoso guitar licks aplenty: A reflective review of Mark Knopfler, Down the Road Wherever.”

America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™ Episode 1: Kristall Klar Washer Fluid

Unofficial transcript of a conversation between Amazon founder and world’s wealthiest man, Jeff B., and Amazon Prime member Bradley N. (Recorded live in Harney County, Oregon on January 3, 2021). Jeff: Hi everyone, and welcome to Episode 1 of “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™,” a new Amazon Studios documentary series, in which I explore theContinue reading “America’s Backroads with Jeff Bezos™ Episode 1: Kristall Klar Washer Fluid”