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    Great processing. I think you hit the nail on...

    Great processing. I think you hit the nail on the head. Having not read the book myself, I can't say for sure, but I suspect the allegory in the novel is as fractured and fragmented in its own way...
  2. Thread: Flog Yer Blog

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    Thanks for the encouragement, CD. I felt...

    Thanks for the encouragement, CD. I felt compelled to start "explaining" last year, when I have to confess to having been a little surprised by the overwhelmed/confused reaction I got from many...
  3. Thread: Flog Yer Blog

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    I decided to take the leap and start blogging...

    I decided to take the leap and start blogging about the Big Ear Festival and related matters. There's so much to share about the 2015 festival that it seemed like a good way to talk about it. I'm...
  4. This is great. If the equivalent of this test...

    This is great. If the equivalent of this test was administered to eighth graders today, we would have large % of our school population flunking and struggling to move into the 9th for some time. ...
  5. I agree 100%. I'm not looking down on vocational...

    I agree 100%. I'm not looking down on vocational training. As I noted in a previous post (I think), it's also very important. But the distinction between vocational training and a well-rounded...
  6. Yes, the utter stupidity of that remark is mind...

    Yes, the utter stupidity of that remark is mind boggling on a number of levels. Except in the context of reducing "education" to "vocational training" - which exactly how UT seems to be defining...
  7. Agreed. There's a powerful and destructive cycle...

    Agreed. There's a powerful and destructive cycle at work here. It's so very difficult to clearly define cause and effect as both are so intermingled in this ugly dynamic.
  8. Perhaps I'm stuck in the Old World Order, but my...

    Perhaps I'm stuck in the Old World Order, but my bias is that access to a high level of public education for all of our population is and will be key to a successful, prosperous society.

    What...
  9. I'm happy to be wrong on the teacher training...

    I'm happy to be wrong on the teacher training component, although the diligent part of me wants a better understanding of what constitutes "training related to." I do think that it makes 100% sense...
  10. As I understand it, teachers are not receiving...

    As I understand it, teachers are not receiving the training necessary to teach the standards that the students are being tested on. If that's true, then the whole approach is backwards. If our...
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    I haven't read the book, but this was the first...

    I haven't read the book, but this was the first time that a Pynchon novel has been brought to the screen, because of the for-the-most-part insurmountable challenges presented by his work. In the...
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    I wonder how the graph looks when you calculate...

    I wonder how the graph looks when you calculate the total number of war deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan under each president?
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    We saw Inherent Vice this past weekend. It was...

    We saw Inherent Vice this past weekend. It was great. I really can't remember a more entertaining evening at the movies in quite some time.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZfs22E7JmI
  14. Thread: Knoxville Mercury

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    Knoxville Mercury

    Just realized that the Blab is back! I thought it might be gone for good this time.

    I wanted to congratulate the Knoxville Mercury team on their successful Kickstarter campaign. Well done! I'm...
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    I read it during the Thanksgiving holiday and...

    I read it during the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed it as well. I must admit that the next the last two chapters were a bit much - a little too Harry Potter in one case and then too much of the...
  16. Thread: RIP KnoxViews

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    I'm really excited about the Knoxville History...

    I'm really excited about the Knoxville History Project and Knoxville Mercury. It's a bold and important initiative for our community and I applaud and support Jack, Coury, Matthew, Kim and the...
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    Thanks for checking them out. Yeah, that...

    Thanks for checking them out. Yeah, that multiple bass thing was a signature element of Hanrahan's sound. Bill Laswell, Jack Bruce, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Sting, Steve Swallow, Andy Gonzalez, Fernando...
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    From the Cream reunion show in 2005, which Jesse...

    From the Cream reunion show in 2005, which Jesse Fox Mayshark and I saw at MSG with friends Cy Anders and Paul Parris. It was great, though Clapton took on some of the vocals, presumably to help out...
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    The Kip Hanrahan / Jack Bruce collaboration...

    The Kip Hanrahan / Jack Bruce collaboration attempted a tour in 1985. It was short lived, but fortunately there's some footage from the 9:30 Club in DC. I managed to see the Public Theatre show in...
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    I can't even begin to imagine how many times I...

    I can't even begin to imagine how many times I listened to this song as a teenager. I still don't know what it's about.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKyGn_uxkPU
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    Jack Bruce had one of his most fruitful - and...

    Jack Bruce had one of his most fruitful - and apparently his longest running - artistic collaborations with Kip Hanrahan, mostly during the 1980s. The fusion of Cuban rhythm, somewhat avant-jazz,...
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    A few picks for Jack

    R.I.P. Jack Bruce


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb_Uu0eTNWk
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    Ha! I cheated. You at least referenced a real...

    Ha! I cheated. You at least referenced a real critic...I just lifted an Amazon review. Hillary Mantel has more than her fair share of detractors on Amazon. Pretty amusing to read some of the...
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    I had the opportunity to see There Will Be Blood...

    I had the opportunity to see There Will Be Blood - which I had never managed to see previously - Friday evening at the amazing United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. It was shown on an...
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    I really looking forward to seeing this.

    I really looking forward to seeing this.
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