Archive: Music, Arts, and Culture

2023 Reading List

This year’s reading list involved learning more about Mexican civil rights, transgender history and theory, Native American history and present, tyranny, the FBI, poverty, the economics of slavery, abolition, women’s rights in Iceland, demographic analysis of voter attitudes during the last election, Palestine and Israel, and biographies of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. On the music end,…

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Talking Bob Dylan on Pod Dylan podcast

I joined the Freewheeling’ Rob Kelly on his podcast that goes song by song through the Bob Dylan catalogue to discuss the humorous “Motorpsycho Nitemare” from 1964. I talk about my journey to becoming a fan and provide some personal experience and analysis related to the song.

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2022 Reading List

My 2022 Reading List began studying Liberia, exploring Native American history, a study of broken systems in child welfare and homelessness through the eyes of a child, then a journey through Abolition, Reconstruction, Ida B Wells, WEB DuBois, and William Lloyd Garrison. This year also included a look at racist violence, union challenges, a pandemic, and widening wealth gaps a…

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2021 Reading List

This year, I studied and read books about policing and criminal justice, early American history, Latino history, Native American history in the South, reckoning with our history, Juneteenth, the filibuster, democracy, the darkness of the Trump years and a hopeful read of history that could restore us. I also wrestled with conservative philosophy. On music, I dug into my two…

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2020 Reading List

In 2020, my reading journey included a deep dive into the four decade rise of the modern conservative movement, a deep dive into Reconstruction through the coup in Wilmington, a study of the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I also explored Caste, James Baldwin’s ideas, the legal structures of systemic racism, the polarization…

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What I Watched in 2019: Movies

I am not a critic but love movies and with my travel and my wife’s shared interest, we see a lot. Here is my take on Oscars and the films I really enjoyed this year. My TV and Streaming list is here. My Oscar Picks I think the best film of 2019 was Parasite. Surprising and relevant film about class…

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What I watched in 2019: TV and Streaming

I spent 122 nights on the road last year, and between flights, hotel rooms, eliptical machines, and dining alone I get to read and watch a lot. I am not a cultural critic, I just watch a lot. Here is my TV and Streaming List (I’ll separately post my movie list). There was so much great TV this year. Best of…

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2018 in Movies

This year I caught 41 new releases and this list won’t be complete until I see some of the other films that I missed in theaters and am waiting to see online or haven’t dropped in Milwaukee or online yet (e.g., Cold War, If Beale Street Could Talk, Burning, Ollie and Stan). So this list will be updated in another…

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My 2018 List: TV & Streaming

This year I watched 32 television & streaming series, a bit less than last year’s 38. I spend a lot of time on flights, in hotels, and alone in cities so I get a lot of books, TV, and movies in along the way. My two top choices last year, Better Things and Master of None, weren’t on this year….

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2017 in Film and TV

I saw 48 movies and 38 TV series in 2017. I missed the Milwaukee Film Festival so my picks are fairly mainstream indie (we have 5 Landmark Theater screens within 1 miles of our home) and occasional big box office. I get to watch a lot being a social introvert and traveler who spends most nights at home and a…

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