Learning to Admire Allah (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Learning to Admire Allah (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Although I’m not quite conventionally religious, I do believe in a higher power: God as a force of nature. And I’m deeply fascinated by theology, and the sectarian cultural behaviors. I was  born a Roman Catholic, which as a young child growing up in the USA had little meaning for me beyond amazing architecture, lovely hymnals and dazzling new […]

Presidents by State

Presidents by State

Could the fact that he was born in Queens be a kingmaker for Donald Trump? Or that Hillary lives in Chappaqua boost her chances to reign over the U.S.? While more U.S. presidents have been born in Virginia, at eight (which includes the unelected John Taylor, a veep who served out Millard Fillmore’s term), when […]

The Outlaw Hillary Clinton

The Outlaw Hillary Clinton

I’ve made my peace with Hillary Clinton. Initially, I was outraged over the use of a private email server to conduct government business. But my opinion of her improved in inverse proportion to the revulsion that resulted from continued exposure to Donald Trump. Compared to him, she started looking good, then great, and ultimately heroic. As […]

Interviewed by Paula in Billboard

Interviewed by Paula in Billboard

Conjuring faraway worlds and the forces of nature, composer Sarah Schachner’s evocative score for ‘Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’ will explode your idea of what videogame music sounds like. Click here to read the interview and listen to tracks.

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

By yardsticks like Dylan goes electric, David does disco was an unqualified hit, as seen on the Serious Moonlight tour, Philadelphia, July ’83. Flashy, buoyant and brash, it was somewhere between doo-wop and punk, and like all things Bowie, ahead of the beat.

Giuliani: Muslims Ready for Their Coppola Close-Up

Giuliani: Muslims Ready for Their Coppola Close-Up

Speaking on “Morning Joe,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a case for Muslims being in a situation not unlike that in which Italian Americans found themselves in the heyday of the mafia. Giuliani vociferously defended “the majority of Muslims” as outstanding citizens, but stuck to his premise that they are a community where the […]

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