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Pop Picks – Jan. 15, 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018

  January 15, 2018   What I’m listening to: Drive-By Truckers. Chris Stapleton has me on an unusual (for me) country theme and I discovered these guys to my great delight. They’ve been around, with some 11 albums, but the newest one is fascinating. It’s a deep dive into Southern alienation and the white working-class […]

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Why I’m now a big fan of Under Armour

Posted on August 29, 2013

A nice story from my assistant, Lisa.  Anthony is her son….   As you may know, Anthony plays on a power (wheelchair) soccer team at UNH.  At the end of last season in May, I was getting ready to go watch his game.  I had recently bought a pair of Under Armour sneakers which were black […]

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Cathartic analysis of the Patriots’ defeat

Posted on January 21, 2013

The Patriots performance was so dismal yesterday that I have to summarize my analysis as a cathartic act so I can let it go.  I do this wholly for my own state of mind and if you have no interest in the Pats please stop here.  Why did they lose? 1.  Injuries. The winners hate […]

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A wonderful novel: On Maggie’s Watch

Posted on January 6, 2013

I have a very warm place in my heart for stories that find drama, magic, loss, and redemption in everyday life.  Life as most of us live it.  I’d include movies like Tender Mercies and Win Win, the poetry of Alan Feldman, and now the novel On Maggie’s Watch by Ann Garvin, a faculty member […]

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The new wheels question decided

Posted on September 30, 2012

In an earlier post I wrote about my love for trucky vehicles and admitted to Walter Mitty fantasies when behind the wheel of such things.  I debated trading my university Volvo in for a Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle I always admired for its rough and ready quality. Well, the university car is just fine, only two […]

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Pop Culture Summer Update

Posted on July 12, 2012

I haven’t done a book/film/tv post in a while and since summer is the season for trashier reading, I’ll start with George R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, the inspiration for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, the first of the five novels thus far completed over the last 16 years.  […]

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Bore Horse

Posted on January 22, 2012

So we finally managed to see War Horse and let me say at the outset that if you love horses, you might very well see past this film’s collosal shortcomings.   It has other virtues.  Shot on film, it is visually lush and intentionally evocative of 1940s and 50s moviemaking.  There are a couple of genuine […]

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The finale of The Killing and expectations

Posted on June 21, 2011

The season finale of The Killing, episode 13, has angered fans like no other television show has in the past.  Everything pointed to resolution of the murder case in the 13th and final episode, but the writers instead left us with a cliffhanger and series of unanswered questions.  For the best rant on the topic, […]

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Poverty, suffering, art, and healing

Posted on April 13, 2011

Over the weekend I watched a movie I absolutely loved when I saw it in 1983, the year of its release: Tender Mercies. Set in rural Texas and starring Robert Duvall as a washed up country western singer, it just has a ton going for it.  Duvall wrote and performed many of the songs (I […]

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A President's Reflections

To Bieber or not to Bieber

Posted on February 15, 2011

I have had quite a number of responses to my commentary on the Grammy Awards, many of them regarding Justin Bieber.   There are those who now believe in God because Esperanza Spalding beat him out for the Best New Artist Award.  Others believe a great wrong has been done. I come back to the fundamental […]

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