Category: Culture, High & Low

To Bail or not to Bail

  Recently David Brooks posted a New York Times op-ed lamenting an increase in “bailing,” which he defines as “flaking” on social commitments. The title of the article was “The Golden Age of Bailing,” although I wonder why he didn’t call it...

Mr. Sillypants Goes to Washington

In a folder of papers at my desk there are reminders of things to do sometime, although they aren’t urgent. Waiting to be filed is a copy of Billy Collin’s poem called “Child Development” along with a program for an event at which he read h...

On Father’s Day (With an Apostrophe)

Grand Rapids, MI Father’s Day is around the corner. I had to look up the term to see if it has an apostrophe. It does, and it has had since the time over a century ago that it became a day set aside for special celebration in the United Sta...

Bruce Langhorne, RIP

Bruce Langhorne, best known as the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” but best loved (by me, anyway) for his extraordinary score for Peter Fonda’s 1971 acid Western The Hired Hand, a beautiful meditatio...