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Author Archives: Dean Esmay

Greatest Generation: An Intimate Portrait

A generation is disappearing before our eyes, but Harry Stein has given us a portrait of them that may be better, and more inspiring, than any published to date. Much has been made in recent years of the so-called “Greatest Generation,” the people who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. They are now by and large in ... Read More »

Gender Ideology and Sexual Abuse

One of the most egregious cases of ideological belief ruining a life has to have been the case of David Reimer. After a botched circumcision (which some of us have long considered an utterly unnecessary surgical procedure that should never be inflicted on boys without their permission–but that’s a different subject), doctors talked his parents into having their infant son ... Read More »

The Girl Watcher’s Club

I gotta tell ya, I’m in the middle of Harry Stein’s The Girl Watcher’s Club, and it really is a remarkably good read. Funny, poignant, and inspiring. Probably the best salute to the World War II generation I’ve seen yet, really it is. Harry Stein has a web site devoted to the book that you can check out here. Read More »

Interview With Cox & Forkum

I first noticed Cox & Forkum when I spotted a cartoon called “The Blogger’s Cycle.” I thought, “Wow. These guys nailed me! I could have written this myself, if only I were that clever and talented.” I immediately read the rest of the Cox & Forkum weblog, where I was astounded by the sharp, professional level of their work. Given ... Read More »

Interview With Chris Muir

Chris Muir’s Day By Day cartoon started publishing almost exactly one year ago, on November 1, 2002. Since then, while it is still available only on the World Wide Web, it has stayed on a consistent daily schedule, and only grown more popular. It has recently received favorable notice on Tech Central Station, and I expect him to receive even ... Read More »

Johnny’s Gone

The news accounts say he died of complications from diabetes. No. No, he didn’t. Not really. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep my eyes wide open all the time. I keep the ends out for the tie that binds Because you’re mine, I walk the line I find it very, very easy to be ... Read More »

A Favorite Song

This is, quite seriously, and without a bit of condescension, one of my favorite songs of all time: Three is a magic number, Yes it is, it’s a magic number. Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity You get three as a magic number. The past and the present and the future. Faith and Hope and Charity, The heart and the ... Read More »

Interested In Checking Out a Jam Band?

If you’re interested in checking out the “jam band” phenomenon, may I say that you could hardly do better than to check out Jupiter Coyote: Live? It’s a fabulous mix of rock’n’roll, bluegrass, and jazz, in the style of groups like the Marshall Tucker Band. I got ahold of this little treasure a couple of days ago and I like ... Read More »

Jam Bands

There’s a certain genre of music that goes by the name “Jam Bands.” Most people haven’t heard of it, but it’s my favorite type of music. For years I’ve tried to explain about this kind of music, but most people didn’t understand. Well at least now we have a label. So what is a jam band? Well, if you ask ... Read More »

Hittin’ The Note

Have you ever had the experience where an album seeps into your bones? Here’s how it usually works: You pick it up and right away you think, “this is good.” Then you listen to it some more and you think, “Hey, this is even better than I thought.” Then maybe you listen to it some more and you think, “Okay, ... Read More »