Monday, January 30th, 2017
Fast, clear, cogent, respectful, dominating — what a performance Hugh Hewitt recently gave on Charlie Rose. He even asked Charlie a couple of times what he thinks, and it quickly became two chummy top media guys sharing ideas, not a mainstream media star interviewing a right-wing kook.
Hewitt managed to work in his career in government — which was all very long ago — and the very many people he knows, but without the name-dropping being the point of his responses. He called Charlie Charlie often enough that Charlie finally called him Hugh. “Great to have you,” Charlie ended it. “Good [ie, maybe not so great] to be here,” the response.
I listen pretty regularly to The Hugh Hewitt Show and it would be nice if we could get this fast-talking, super-smart, reasonable and sophisticated guy instead of the dumbed-down base-cultivating borderline bully we sometimes get on his home turf.
Friday, January 27th, 2017
Smart liberal reporters are probably inclined to think that smart liberal experts are right when they say things the smart liberal reporters already agree with.
Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File, January 27, 2017
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Albeit behind Iran, Israel squeaks onto Walter Russell Mead’s list of the Great Eight Powers of 2017. It’s amazing that only one European country makes it here.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Good point, yes. If under Trump it’s between the symbol of a U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem or the reality of continued building throughout the city—as it may well come down to—then the choice is clear, writes Nadav Shragai.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
David Cripps, the London Symphony Orchestra’s horn soloist, on playing the Star Wars music, and particularly “Leia’s Theme”. Seems clear from this and an interview I read on “Rey’s Theme” that John Williams is inspired by charismatic actors.
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Friday, November 18th, 2016
This article features a list by Dan McNichol of suggested public works projects throughout the USA. He is author of The Roads That Built America, a history of the Interstate highway system (of which I actually have a copy).
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Monday, October 17th, 2016
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Monday, May 9th, 2016
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Monday, March 7th, 2016
Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.
Claire Underwood in House of Cards
Friday, February 5th, 2016
We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Who is the enemy to engage, Iran or ISIS? Lee Smith has an answer: Iran, because you can’t defeat ISIS without the Sunnis on board, and you can’t get Sunnis on board against ISIS until you demonstrably tamp down Iran.
Monday, December 21st, 2015
A sweeping reminder to anxious Israelis from Edward Luttwak that it’s always been worse than it is today. All cheerleading aside, I say to all citizens at home and abroad: when someone is providing a service, look at their faces. Maybe even smile. Say thank you. Please.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Mark Leyner, regarding today, in The Paris Review: “The only reasonable response to this situation is to maintain an implacable antipathy toward everything. Denounce everyone. Make war against yourself. Guillotine all groveling intellectuals. That said, I think it’s important to maintain a cheery disposition.”
Monday, November 9th, 2015
relating to or characterized by a strong emotional dependence on another or others
Solipsistic ads are another way television ends up pointing at itself, keeping the viewer’s relation to his furniture at once alienated and anaclitic.
David Foster Wallace,
“E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”
serving no practical purpose or result.
What explains the pointlessness of most published TV criticism is that television has become immune to charges that it lacks any meaningful connection to the world outside it. It’s not that charges of nonconnection have become untrue. It’s that any such connection has become otiose.
David Foster Wallace,
“E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Monday, March 9th, 2015
“Custome [sic] Granite Cuntertops [sic, no joke!] And New Sink Gives This Remodeled Kitchen A Modern Look.” These 8 photos by the proud illiterate builders are the first time I’ve seen such a travesty documented as they dismantle an original Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen and replace it with something that would be nice enough in a regular home but here is gruesome. The homeowner should be prosecuted.
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Apprentice to Genius: Years with Frank Lloyd Wright
I ploughed through this. It’s the most vivid portrait I’ve seen of the apprenticeship itself. The chronology is a bit confusing at first—perhaps the book design could have made more clear that he’s jumping back and forth between his own beginnings and FLLW’s. The traffic cop encounter with Alexander Woolcott, the travels in the car as FLLW’s driver—great stuff. There could be more from Tafel as an architect—he was there on the great ones, such as Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax HQ.
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Sunday, August 10th, 2014
My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright
John Lloyd Wright
Originally entitled My Father, Who Art on Earth, there are gems here that you can’t get from any of the other masses of FLLW books. I welled up when in Venice, when entering St Marks, it reminds John Lloyd of nothing else but his own childhood playroom. Just how great we can get?
Monday, July 7th, 2014
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Michael J. Totten and Samuel Tadros discuss Egypt’s failed revolution. Tadros concludes that the US should withdraw aid in order to shock the
Egyptians into getting real.
Monday, June 23rd, 2014