Friday, October 9, 2015

Now (NOT) showing at your local cineplex...

... but by golly it seems like it should be... The Creeping Garden. Guess I'll wait for it to hit Netflix...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Family types

"We are a weapons family," Ms. Skinner said.
"We are not," Mr. Sundstrom said.
Everyone sad and angry. Some armed.

Geri Allen

The best jazz pianist working today?

How hard is it to say exactly what you mean?

I am not confident that I know whether the Pope or the Vatican is in favor of carbon pricing policies or opposed. I read the encyclical as being opposed, for exactly the same reasons that Stavins and Nordhaus did. Now Joe Romm says we got it all wrong. The fact that very smart people can disagree on such a straightforward question suggests that the encyclical, in this regard, was poorly written, or perhaps poorly translated. Now there is a simple solution: Francis, do you or do you not support cap-and-trade and or carbon taxes as key policy instruments for combatting global warming?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Can Music Be Perfect? Vol. 62

Yep, back to school, kids! Readin' and writin' and 'conometrics...

Metaphorically speaking, of course

Henning Mankell, RIP

I do like crime novels. I've read quite a few. Henning Mankell wrote some very good ones. His Inspector Wallander will surely go down as one of the greats... taciturn, brilliant, deeply ethical, in the mold of Adam Dalgliesh; not Dalgliesh of course, but then, in genre fiction, Dalgliesh and Smiley stand alone, no?

And yet, novel after novel, I began to lose interest. Mankell's chilly, cynical take on modern Scandinavian culture began to strike me as more posturing than realism. Of course, it's possible that life in Sweden or Norway is as corrupt and depraved as Mankell's and Nesbø's novels imply. If so, give me Elmore Leonard's cheerfully nasty drug dealers and prostitutes, or Denise Mina's tough-luck Scottish punks.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wonderful things

Today: Dolphins off Santa Cruz; Pulp Fiction (again); best of all, a friendly alien visitor to our yard...