Studs Terkel & Jerry Garcia

Chicago History Museum/AP
Chicago History Museum/AP

Growing up in Chicago and her suburbs in the 1960s/70s provided for a very media-rich upbringing, although I was unaware at the time just how muscular it was. When we weren’t out exploring alleyways, finding mud holes to disrupt, or playing motorcycle gang wars on our banana-seated bicycles, I could be found lying on the living room floor with either one of two daily newspapers splayed out in front of me like some kind of map to the world, with local radio playing in the background. TV was likely on simultaneously, and I can still absorb and identify up to five stimuli at the same time. Continue reading “Studs Terkel & Jerry Garcia”

Dem Big Tent
Watching CNN for the first time since the last time I was stranded in an airport… DeBlasio: “Socialism for the wealthy!” (What does that even mean?) ___ Bennet: From Johnny Cargo days, when the lips were real, but everything else was animation. ___ Inslee: “Buy before midnight tonight or perish!” [and overrun my own time] ___ JellyBrains: “Orange Man Bad, Me Better.” ___ Gabbard: “Strength through Peace.” ___ Castro: “You and I, we’re just like me. Together we can help I fight him.” Yang: “You tie my tie, I send you check.” ___ Spartacus: “This city is just like mine now, and they both used to be the same, too! So common!” ___ Harris: “Seriously now, enough fun and games. All joking aside, I’m preying on you!” ___ Biden: “Thank you for this post position. I don’t deserve it. Here’s the best, most expensive, hand-crafted by DNC monkeys-speech delivered tonight.”