You better look hard and look twice

For September 18, 2015

When Tunnel of Love came out in October 1987 I have to admit that I didn’t get it. I don’t mean that I didn’t like it (I thought the album was excellent), but that I didn’t understand it. I remember watching the video for “Brilliant Disguise”, the album’s first single, a video that is a continuous shot of Springsteen playing guitar and singing the song (the vocals in the video are live), and the camera just keeps pushing in until it’s close up on Springsteen’s face. It fit the song, of course, not that I go it.

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You’re the Worst Season Two

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“There is horrible sadness and pain coming, and we’re inviting it in.” Beginning a relationship often requires a shared delusion of happily ever after. But what if you understand going in that it’s not likely to be that way, and you make the leap anyway? We may not be Gretchen or Jimmy but we’ve all been there. As the first season went on You’re the Worst became deeper than you’d expect. Now it’s ready for greatness in season two.

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Now you’ll be hangin’ tight when we hit the top

For September 7, 2015

I’ve written before about the State Fair which would should up i my hometown annually around Labor Day. It was exciting for us growing up as it was the only time of year when there were thrill rides closer than an hour’s drive from our house. Once my sisters and I were old enough we started questioning the safety of those rides, and exchanging urban legends about how one fell apart and someone was killed, but that didn’t stop us from wanting to go.

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Show Me A Hero

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David Simon can do whatever he wants on HBO. He’s earned it with The Corner, The Wire, Generation Kill and Treme.  Simon’s latest project is the six part mini-series Show Me A Hero based on the book of the same name by Lisa Belkin. The series is about the fight in Yonkers, New York to integrate low-income housing in middle-class neighborhoods. As with other Simon projects, the series is much more interesting than maybe the description suggests. Oscar Isaac stars and all the episodes were directed by Paul Haggis.

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My sweet Jenny, I’m sinkin’ down

For September 1, 2015

So sometimes a Springsteen song is also a history lesson, and sometimes its the history of something other than the band. In the case of today’s song, it’s a short history lesson about a steel city in Ohio. Have you ever been to Youngstown? I never have. It’s at the intersection of I-80 and I-76, east of Akron and northwest of Pittsburgh.

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