Early contender for Album of the Year - Jay William Henderson’s “Hymns to my Amnesia”
Stunning, beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely.
A very Happy Anniversary to my love. Another year-of-marriage-in-review CD in the books.
Songs of June 2014
I thought about my bedroom wall from high school, which my mom kept up through my first year of college—the year I met this girl. Among the cutouts and postcards tacked to the wall was an ad for Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, out now on Kill Rock Stars. Suddenly I felt sad, not because I was reminded of Smith’s music, but because I wondered if he had lived long enough to have the experience I was having, sitting in a city park across from someone who at some point he had caused so much pain, laughing.
We all make mistakes. But we are talking about people in public life—writers, politicians, academics—who got the biggest strategic call in many decades completely wrong. Wrong as a matter of analysis, wrong as a matter of planning, wrong as a matter of execution, wrong in conceiving American interests in the broadest sense. None of these people did that intentionally, and many of them have honestly reflected and learned. But we now live with (and many, many people have died because of) the consequences of their gross misjudgments a dozen years ago. In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.
James Fallows - The Atlantic
This whole post is worth a read. I’m not sure there’s anything that makes me feel sicker than listening to Kagan, Kristol, and the Cheney clan opine on the situation in Iraq.