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“Roots” Music for the Fourth

From First Thoughts

Despite the title, the purpose of this post is not to engage in the ongoing discussion regarding “roots” music and “localism”, etc. Instead, I hope to offer some alternatives to those who seek something different than the usual musical fare offered on the 4th of July. Here . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Hating Ulysses

From First Thoughts

In many ways, I share Joe’s antipathy toward James Joyce’s Ulysses . But I must confess to having something of a love-hate relationship with Joyce’s novel, which relates in tedious detail a day in the life of the city of Dublin and its environs. On the one . . . . Continue Reading »