WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Third wheel spiel

I’ll call them Dan and Donna. They were a married couple and I was their third wheel for a time. A lot of people find themselves in the position of … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 7 Comments

Stung

Not long ago, a news correspondent asked a Democratic voter what he felt after a few weeks of the Trump presidency. He gave a one-word answer: “Despair.” I hear that. … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 10 Comments

Traffic jams

Something led me to go back and listen to old albums by the group, Traffic. Holy crap, does this stuff hold up. Right now I have “The Low Spark of … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 8 Comments

Listening tour de force

I’ve been reading a book by Ben Ratliff, former jazz critic of the Times, about how to listen to music. It’s called Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Whack in the USSR, part II

The next evening was New Years Eve, and our lovely guide, Amabelle, walked my destitute group through an old part of Moscow that looked like it hadn’t changed much since … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

Whack in the USSR, part I

All this talk of Russia, and I tumble into memories of my one trip there was I was twenty. I’d learned of a cut-rate tour from London underwritten by the … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

Things Trump has done since last Wednesday

The more frustrated he gets, the more cuckoo things he does. Here’s what Tiny Hands has done just since February 15th: ・Communicated with Russian intelligence (via aides) during the 2016 … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 5 Comments

James Baldwin speaks

I had to post this as soon as I finished listening to the great James Baldwin in his 1965 Cambridge Union debate with the irritable William F. Buckley. Watch JB … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 9 Comments

The fightin’ Vorticists!

Somehow I got picked to be on the team of Percy Wyndham Lewis, trailblazing artist and editor of BLAST. I learned very quickly that Percy didn’t like to be called … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 7 Comments

I found this for you

The rainy season is lasting too long here in Northern California. I thought I’d try to put a positive spin on it (as the rain comes down in buckets this … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 2 Comments