There’s Something I Should Have Told You

There’s Something I Should Have Told You

I don’t really know how to write this. I don’t even know where to begin. There’s a thing I’ve kept to myself – well, mostly to myself – for a very long time, and I’ve always thought it was nobody’s business. Well, mostly nobody’s business. But I keep wondering if it’s really that simple. What if…

Oh, My Brother

Oh, My Brother

You never forget the sound of the telephone ringing At 6:30 in the morning. You never forget the sound of your father’s voice. You never forget the little lie he told because the awful truth Was too much to bear in the morning’s bitter light. You never forget the sound of your own voice Wailing at…

Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

So, they’re at it again. In the aftermath of Ohio State’s (unexpected) victory over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship Game – is that what it’s called? There have been so many iterations of the college football championship it’s hard to know what’s what – students at OSU’s campus in Columbus, Ohio, were…

A History of Childhood Trauma Matters … When the Killer Is White

A History of Childhood Trauma Matters … When the Killer Is White

Over the weekend, hip-hot artist Jasiri X posted this image on his twitter feed. It’s taken from the front page of the New York Daily News’ website. Note the screaming headline and the sympathetic caption: “Accused killer Dylann Roof had one chance at a stable family life — and his abusive dad ruined it for…

Garland Jeffreys’ “The Rest of My Life Tour” Returns to Chicago

Garland Jeffreys’ “The Rest of My Life Tour” Returns to Chicago

Pausing between songs at his intimate, mostly acoustic November 6 show at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, New York singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys quipped, “So, we’re on this little tour … I call it ‘The Rest of My Life Tour’ ….” At 72 and still bringing down the house, you can’t begrudge him the hint of road-weariness…

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