(For the week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, posted the following Wednesday)***
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This week we start the picks from those who have previously been listed here. It starts as a trickle and ends as a flood.
1st Editor’s Pick Pick (EPP)
GoHah (going back a little beyond the current 11/12-11/18 week) chose:
The experiences are different, but the power of song remains the same. Steven Hart’s “Wallace, Gromit and Mr. Paterno” evoke memories from the immediate, to the distant yet still vivid. For starters, the stiff-upper-lip “Britishness” of Wallace and Gromit brought out the inner-Anglophile in me as I was reminded of bands such as the Kinks, the Jam and the Clash, that were so idiosyncratically and stubbornly U.K., whether you hear London calling, or the Village Green.
It was Hart’s wayback-machine reminiscences of his surround-sound youth that summoned up more deeply ingrained recollections. I don’t remember my music teacher’s name, but at home, before I embraced the Three Bs — Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan, I got a big dose of American popular song. I learned Gerschwin, Berlin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael by way of my mother, who, as professional musician, practiced long hours at the piano, guitar and electric bass; I knew “Stardust” before I ever encountered Ziggy Stardust. Dad played the phonograph, but he was pretty accomplished — Sinatra was my favorite, especially “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers.” I knew what it was like to be prematurely Young at Heart, and how the dame that made me feel that way always turns out to be the same one who, when my now-lonely heart has learned its lesson, will crush my spirit and leave me pining “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”
God, no wonder I’m a mess. So I want to acknowledge Steven Hart for reminding me of the roots of the emotional bloodbath that became my life. And also say something about how the kind of careful, considered craftsmanship that went into composing such musical standards were resonant in his writing. Thank you.
2nd Editor’s Pick Pick (EPP)
El Bicho: I wanted to nominate Dave Nalle’s article about the Pixar class action lawsuit.
SPORTS: Matt Sussman’s Pick of the week
(The Sports section debuted this week and with the the inclusion of earlier posts, Sussman found a gem.)
David Mazzotta wrote up NFL Picks of a Thoughtful Fool, Week 11
“Great, another NFL feature,” I thought. But David shut me up quick, especially with his nostalgic trip back to an obscure video game. Mixed into that was a meaty statistical analysis of Week 11′s NFL matchups and their spreads. Lastly, and most impressively, he picked Arizona — without their 10 spread points — to beat the Rams in St. Louis (which they did) and won $400 fictional dollars. I think this post would have been an editor’s pick even if he simply said “Arizona will beat St. Louis” and followed it with a series of 562 ampersands.
POLITICS: Natalie Davis Picks of the Week
Psychic Forensics: Autopsy of Karl Rove’s Brain by pogblog, Nov. 14
Pogblog takes off the gloves to present a scathing condemnation of embattled White House Senior Adviser Karl Rove. One can’t help but be moved – either to cheer or cry foul – after reading this sci-fi exploration of Rove’s pathopsychology from the vantage point of a time far in the future.
The Fallacy of Balance Some liberals want Supreme Court justices to pass an abortion-rights litmus test. Certain conservatives want justices to protect traditional values. And many people believe those opposing views should be represented equally on the nation’s highest court. In this compelling piece, Drew McKissick argues that the idea of an ideologically balanced court is not what the nation’s founders intended.
This engrossing essay probes the practice of stripping voting rights from convicted felons. Wallo takes readers to ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and Reconstruction-era and present-day America to question the basic fairness of voter disenfranchisement. The article is endlessly fascinating – and many will find it persuasive.
CULTURE: Lisa Hoover’s picks of the week
People Love Their Cars by ProgressiveDepot, Nov. 14
ProgressiveDepot addresses price gouging, the oil companies and why we shouldn’t love our cars to the exception of any other form of transportation.
Bringing New Hope to HIV Sufferers by Ayu, Nov. 15
Ayu writes about an HIV infected man who appears to have been spontaneously cured. The jury is still out on what exactly is going on but if Andrew Stimpson turns out to hold the clues to an effective vaccine, that would certainly be good news for millions of people.
English 101 for Native Speakers by Mark Edward Manning, Nov. 18
Learn it, know it, commit it to memory: Mark Edward Manning reviews common mistakes people make when writing in their mother tongue. If everyone could get that apostrophe S thing under control, the world would be a better place.
MUSIC: Connie Phillip’s picks of the week
Robert Lashley’s essay, Many Thousand Gangstas Gone, published Nov. 13, is an interesting and thought provoking look at mainstream hip-hop music and the violence contained within. Robert includes his personal memories associated with specific events making this piece all the more powerful.
On Nov. 16, with Review: Sandra Boynton – Dog Train, Zombyboy gives a critical yet interesting look at the children’s book and CD combination. The review is a comprehensive and detailed look at the package as well as the individual pieces.
Also on Nov. 16, Modern Pea Pod gave us yet another top notch review with CD Review: The Grabs – Sex, Fashion, and Money. This detailed and descriptive review looks at both the sides of the coin; the good and the bad.
Robert Burke gave a complex review of the product, the music, and the other amenities with DualDisc Review: The Other Side: London, New York and Paris on Nov. 18. Complete with links to clips, well constructed thoughts, history, and balanced ideas, it is well worth your time to check it out.
TV/FILM: Joan Hunt’s picks of the week
(Asst. Editor Alisha Karabinus the former LegendaryMonkey fills in this week.)
TV Review: Everyday Italian by Don Baiocchi Nov. 17
What if Don Baiocchi ran into Giada De Laurentiis on the street? He’d get arrested, that’s what! Don reveals his crush on the chef, disses all the other chefs in the world, reminds us that “bosoms” is an outdated word, and sometimes even talks about food in his review of this Food Network show.
Movie Review: Walk the Line by Jon Sobel, Nov. 17
Jon Sobel offers a balanced look at the new biopic Walk the Line and lets us in on the real deal along the way — Johnny and June were fascinating because they weren’t all that different from us, after all.
BOOKS: Pat Cummings’ picks of the week
(None were chosen this week).
***(See here for our selection guidelines.)