Trying to Fill a Prince-Sized Hole

Lately I’ve been trying to fill the Prince-sized whole in my life. I’ve made various mixes, creating killer could-have-been albums. I’ve latched on to new artists hoping to catch a fire in some profound reconfiguration of noises I hadn’t heard before. I’ve tried listening to the worst of his bootlegs in an attempt to draw…

Oh, NOW You Want To Talk About Gentrification

Gentrification is all the rage right now. There are new (and really good) books being released on the subject, neighborhood groups have formed to address it, and it’s a hot button topic for just about any news week, which is saying a lot considering current presidential antics. And yet, in an odd and karmic twist,…

So Serpentor walks into an NSC meeting

If you are of a certain age or have a predilection for old cartoons, you will recall the old G.I. Joe show from the mid-80s. The primary antagonists were COBRA, a well-heeled terrorist organization led by the asthmatic and mirror-faced Cobra Commander. If you stuck with this political caprice for a season, you will also…