Monthly Archives: May 2011

More on Gil Scott-Heron

I wrote this piece, http://wapo.st/mxt7Ej in less than optimal conditions.  It was late on Friday night after a big angry bear of a day and I was beat.  Then I heard the news. It shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did.  Even … Continue reading

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Taking the Bulls Not By the Numbers: The End

So in the end, the Chicago Bulls proved to be a bit shy of a champion.  By the time the ignominious final minutes of Game 5 ticked away, I’d lost faith that they would win a title; they weren’t diverse … Continue reading

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Taking the Bulls By the Numbers: Gar Forman edition

NBA GM isn’t a gig that requires competence.  Here’s the latest instance.  Gar Forman is the personnel decision maker for the Chicago Bulls and he won a share of the Executive of the Year prize as voted by the other 29 GMs. … Continue reading

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Another thought on Ellen Willis

One of the things that saddened me immensely about Ellen Willis’s work is that jazz never really entered her frame of reference.  She wrote about music in the ’60s and ’70s, a time when jazz was far closer to the … Continue reading

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On Sex, Hope, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis

Among those who were neither a coworker nor a student of Ellen Willis, I may have been one of the least likely attendees of Sex, Hope, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis, a daylong conference held Saturday … Continue reading

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Some Quick Thoughts on the Four Eastern Conference First Round Losers

The Indiana Pacers Could Use a Superstar, But… …couldn’t we all? I always felt that Steve Kerr seemed a tad overmatched when he was Team President of the Phoenix Suns, and I certainly felt it again when he tried to … Continue reading

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