(For the week of Oct. 1 to Oct. 7)***
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MUSIC: Matt Freelove’s picks of the week
Sunday Morning Playlist: Haight Ashbury by uao, Oct. 2
Just when you thought he was running out of genres to tackle, resident Blogcritics music historian uao schools the previously uninitiated on the ins and outs of Haight Ashbury.
CD Review: Depeche Mode, Black Celebration by Scott C. Smith, Oct. 2
Scott Smith revisits Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration in anticipation of their new LP Playing the Angel.
35 Years Later, Janis Joplin’s Legacy Endures by Jon Sobel, Oct. 4
On the anniversary of Janis Joplin’s death, Jon Sobel gets all nostalgic on us as the rock legend.
BOOKS: Pat Cummings’ picks of the week
Fela Kuti: New Book on the Man, Myth, Music Legend by Viqi French, Oct. 2
Read this one out loud — you’ll hear the rhythms of African music, muted but present, under the prose. Viqi’s Piece combines a brief note about the “new book” with some reasons for exploring Fela Kuti’s music.
Review: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson by Steven Hart, Oct. 6
Steven has really tapped into the reason Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and his sometimes-alive, sometimes-stuffed tiger Hobbes were so appealing. No illustrations, but Calvin and Hobbes fans will be able to supply them from memory.
Review: Rough Edges by Richard J. Radcliffe, Oct. 7
This is a heartfelt review of the autobiography of a passionate man, Congressman James E. Rogan. Richard captures some of the sincerity and humor of the writer and his life, and makes it obvious why he recommends the book so heartily.
VIDEO: Joan Hunt’s picks of the week
Lord of War: A Review of the Best Movie Nobody Saw by Steven Hart, Oct. 7
“Lord of War doesn’t cheat or lose its nerve.” Steven Hart wrote The Review of the week. From the compelling title to the conclusion of his article, he convincingly argued in favor of Lord of War. I was intrigued by the trailers for the movie, but after reading Hart’s review, I am determined to see this movie!
TV Review: Survivor: Guatemala – Week Four: Bugs or Lepers? by Bennett Dawson, Oct. 6
Bennett Dawson gets extra credit for breaking down Survivor: Guatemala every week and still managing to keep the recaps fresh. This is harder than it looks, because, let’s face it, Survivor isn’t breaking much ground these days. Jeff Probst, however, is still cute.
Survivor Guatemala: 20 Questions by Teletart, Oct. 7
Teltart asks some difficult questions. Okay, they’re not so “difficult.” They’re just fun.
CULTURE / TECH: Lisa Hoover’s picks of the week
Nicolas Cage is Superman’s Father by Chris Beaumont, Oct. 4
First Courtney Love names her daughter Frances Bean. Then Gwenyth Paltrow saddles her poor daughter with the name Apple. Just when I thought celebrity baby names couldn’t get any more…um…offbeat, Chris Beaumont proved me wrong.
Endeavour Returning to Shuttle Fleet by Johniac, Oct. 6
Johniac lets us know what the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s been up to. 900,000 man hours to refurbish it? Wow.
International “Freedom” Center Scrapped at Ground Zero by Victor Lana, Oct. 5
Victor Lana gives us a personal look at what the decision to scrap the plans for the International Freedom Center means to his family.
POLITICS: Lisa McKay’s Picks of the week
Open Source Politics by Cranky Liberal, Oct. 3
Cranky Liberal put forth the idea that Open Source technology provides a good model for politics in Open Source Politics, a call for people of all political stripes to cast off their ideological blinders and brainstorm the solutions to some of the very daunting problems facing the nation.
In Shoot First, Proof Later: Florida’s New Gun Law by gypsyman, Oct. 5
Gypsyman takes a darkly humorous look at Florida’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ stance on self-defense and all its Darwinian implications.
EDITORS PICKING EDITORS
We separate out any picks of other main editors to keep the spotlight on the contributors.
Politics Editor Lisa McKay picked
New York, New Orleans, Our Country, and Everything Else by Eric Berlin, Oct. 3
Thanks to Eric Berlin for a very thoughtful post in which he gives personal expression to a national longing for a signpost leading home for a country that seems to have temporarily lost its way.
In The Middle: Bill Bennett by Phillip Winn & Eric Berlin, Oct. 6
Phillip Winn and Eric Berlin bring a breath of fresh air to the Politics section by establishing a new recurring feature called In The Middle. This week’s installment has the two of them exchanging views about the Bill Bennett debacle from their respective moderate-right and moderate-left perspectives, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that rational, intelligent and civil discourse is indeed possible (and highly desirable).
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