Book Review – The Silence Before the Whisper Comes by Bruce Kauffman

poet Bruce Kauffman

Why would anyone write poetry? It’s not what you’d call glamourous. You’re never going to make money at it. The best you can hope for is if you manage to publish a few books of poems you could possibly get picked up by some university to teach a creative writing class or get some work editing for literary magazines. ...{read more}

Review – How Music Works by David Byrne

David Byrne

We all listen to music. Maybe we only have it playing in the background, use it to help us sleep or meditate, or perhaps you sit and listen to it carefully. ...{read more}

Music Review – David Broza: East Jerusalem West Jerusalem

David Broza - East Jerusalem West Jerusalem

There are some subjects I know not to talk to most people about, because they probably won’t like what I have to say on the matter. ...{read more}

Film Review – Broken, starring Tim Roth & Cillian Murphy

Broken movie

There are some books you always remember for the way in which they opened your eyes to the world around you. ...{read more}

Review – The Clash Special Edition Releases

The Clash Reissued CDs

I remember a conversation I had with my brother when I was a teenager. He asked me if I thought I would still be listening to any of the music I liked then when I was 50. ...{read more}

Film Review – The Last Song Before The War

Poster - The Last Song Before The War

I can’t remember when I heard about the Festival au Desert, which has been taking place in Northern Mali since 2001, for the first time. ...{read more}

Music Review – An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

There have been many great artistic couples down through the ages. Now a days there seems to be more celebrity couplings than any real co-joining of artistic talents. ...{read more}

Review – Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana

The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Photo credit: Deborah Feingold

Once upon a time there was pop music. You either liked what you heard or you didn’t, and you didn’t particularly care about anything else. ...{read more}

Music Review – Tartit With Imharhan – Live from the Sahara

Tartit With Imharhan - Live from the Sahara

When the annual Festival Au Desert in Northern Mali was cancelled in 2013 due to the territory’s occupation by terrorist organizations intent on imposing a very narrow definition of Islamic rule, organizers of the Festival were determined, if the world couldn’t come to them, to bring the music of the Festival to the world. ...{read more}

Review: Alice In tumblr-Land (And Other Fairy Tales For A New Generation)

Alice in tumblr-Land by Tim Manley

Alice In tumblr-Land (And Other Fairy Tales For A New Generation) by Tim Manley / Penguin Books / 2013 / 978-0143124795 / 272 pages

“Curiouser and curiouser” was Alice’s commentary on the world she found down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s Alice In Wonderland. ...{read more}