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Joan Osborne Covers Dylan’s Forgotten Classics

SONGS OF BOB DYLAN. Joan Osborne. Womanly Hips Records. We first became aware of Joan Osborne’s ability to interpret Bob Dylan during her 1999 collaboration with the poet himself on … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Inside Story On Managing Your Memory

SEVEN STEPS TO MANAGING YOUR MEMORY: WHAT’S NORMAL, WHAT’S NOT, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. Andrew E. Budson. Maureen K. O’Connor. Oxford University Press. If Douglas Adams hadn’t already … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

San Francisco Giants Team With Airbnb To Combat Family Homelessness

In June I published a column spotlighting the “Heading Home Campaign” – a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Giants, Hamilton Families and Airbnb aimed at bringing shelter to the hundreds … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Best of Penguin Audio’s Fall 2017 Releases

THE VIETNAM WAR. An Intimate History. Geoffrey Ward. Ken Burns. Penguin Audio. The Vietnam War is said to have changed America forever, as families in the 60s and 70s were … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joseph Postell’s Bureaucracy In America

BUREAUCRACY IN AMERICA: The Administrative State’s Challenge To Constitutional Government. Joseph Postell. University of Missouri. Joseph Postell’s treatise, as part of the University of Missouri’s Studies in Constitutional Democracy, couldn’t be … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Socially Relevant Summer Reading List

YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY. Jen Sincero. Penguin Audio. At one point, Sincero was impoverished, wondering how she was going to make it. And then she got serious … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sam Shepard: In Memoriam

I. Sam Shepard was one of the great western writers of our times. By that I mean to say that Shepard brought the uncanny ability to tell the stories of … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Penguin Audio To Double-Release Max Brook’s Minecraft

MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND. Max Brooks. First version narrated by Jack Black. Second version narrated by Samira Wiley. Penguin Audio. Minecraft, due for release on July 18, takes the skeleton of … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elinor Frey Continues Her Ascent

FIORÈ: Complete Cello Sonatas & 17th C. Italian Arias. Elinor Frey. In Perfomance With Suzie LeBlanc; Lorenzo Ghielmi; and Esteban La Rotta. Passacaille Records. In an earlier review, I described … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment
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