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60Solomon Northup Objectshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/03/solomon-northup-objects
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:30:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Carl Scott)It was very late, and I was very tired, when I received a
facebook message from one “Solomon Northup”:
An Enemy Will Bring Us Togetherhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/03/an-enemy-will-bring-us-together
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:17:00 -email@example.com (Carl Scott)In song, at least, the ’60s Culture Revolution began rather
beautifully, with a call to
smile upon your brother
. Your brother
was assumed to be all of mankind. We might call that the “external program” of
the Counter-Culture, circa 1965-1968, posed as an alternative to the way the
New Left activists of the day were staking so much upon political action, with
an intensity that ran into ever more radical stances. By contrast, the
Counter-Culture proposed to embrace the way of love
(not, mind you,
“after the revolution”). What allowed this was, to use a slogan from Allen
Ginsburg, a “revolution in consciousness.” This was the internal program of
free-love, artistic creativity, pantheism, and of course, LSD.
You say you’ll change the constitution,
well-ell, you know, you better free your mind instead.
]]>Why Rock Couldn't Stay at the Communehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/02/rock-goes-to-a-commune
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:08:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Carl Scott)It’s very cool, very punk-rock, folk-rock, and all the other rockin’ signifiers of hip radicalism, to be
to a commune. Or to hang-out at one for a season. But to actually stay
is not what rock-tuned set wants.
]]>What Should We Read about George Washington?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/02/what-should-we-read-about-george-washington
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:15:00 -email@example.com (Carl Scott)
It’s George Washington’s birthday, and the problem a lot of us have is that he comes across too stiffly for us to really appreciate. What we need are the best books and, essays, as well as the best film depictions and art-works, that bring the actually quite passionate man to life. Here I’ll offer a beginning draft for that list, and let FT readers fill it out as they see fit in the comments.
]]>Brotherly Love Came to Woodstockhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/02/brotherly-love-came-to-woodstock
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:34:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Carl Scott)Ang Lee’s 2009 film
records an important milestone in the culture revolution of the 1960s, the rock
festival and “Aquarian Exposition” held in August of 1969. It does so from an angle that downplays the concert
properto our surprise the camera never makes it way down to the main stageand
instead focuses on those who attended. It does this through the personal story of Elliot Tibbets, author of
the book it’s based on. Funny,
heart-warming, and with a particularly impressive use of extras, it’s a solid film,
and deserved more attention than it received when released (2009). Its basic limitation is that in choosing to
focus on the Woodstock moment, it has to mainly limit itself to the sunny side
of the Revolution. Its main strength is its portrayal of how the hippies’ fraternal
“Let’s Get Together”
love could actually work.
]]>Carl’s Rock Songbook #91: Love, “Alone Again Or”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/carls-rock-songbook-91-love-alone-again-or
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:46:00 -email@example.com (Carl Scott)Here’s a song that knows what it is to feel loneliness midst the Summer of Love:
]]>Jefferson Airplane’s Warninghttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/carls-rock-songbook-90-jefferson-airplane-somebody-to-love
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:42:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Carl Scott)Carl’s Rock Songbook is a series focusing on a particular rock song or issue connected to rock music.
]]>Carl’s Rock Songbookhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/carls-rock-songbook-1
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Carl Scott)Hello,
First Thoughtsters! One of the things I’ll be carrying over from my blogging
for Postmodern Conservative, now that it’s been incorporated into First
Thoughts, is “Carl’s Rock Songbook.”
]]>INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: 3 Cats, 2 Abortions, and 1 Failed Folk-Singer https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/inside-llewyn-davis-3-cats-2-abortions-and-1-failed-folk-singer
Sat, 18 Jan 2014 03:07:18 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Carl Scott)Initially, I wasn’t going to recommend this film. I still cannot really do so for the most persons, and that is not in my book a sign that it is great cinematic art. I am happy, for example, to recommend MUD, the film most scandalously left off this year''s list of Oscar-nominees for Best Picture, to any movie-lover.
]]>The Spirit of Petrarch v. that of Homi Bhabhahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/the-spirit-of-petrarch-v-that-of-homi-bhabha
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:08:25 -email@example.com (Carl Scott)Here is the
original Heather MacDonald piece
that prompted Matt Blakenship’s Ricochet musing about whether you should let your child major in English, which I proceeded to riff on below.