The Tragedy of Macbeth and the Immortal Genius of William Shakespeare

An excellent new film adaptation combines a stark abstraction with rich performances and stunning moments to illuminate the complexities underlying a simple plot, but no single version can ever capture the impenetrable duality of man that serves as Shakespeare’s true subject matter.  Free will or foreordained?  We are a product of both, and this play… Continue reading The Tragedy of Macbeth and the Immortal Genius of William Shakespeare

2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

The Canadian power trio’s fourth album was a turning point in their career and their most commercially successful effort at the time. It is also perhaps their most prophetic.  Long before our digital age, 2112 is a story of a world controlled by computers, where creativity and individuality is crushed by an all powerful government,… Continue reading 2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

Bruce Springsteen: A conservative critique of his latter day anthems

It’s easy to conclude “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “We Take Care of Our Own” are fundamentally liberal songs, pushing liberal policy ideas, given Mr. Springsteen’s own far-left leanings, but is that truly the case?  As the Boss himself used to say, trust the art, not the artist to unlock an underlying message of… Continue reading Bruce Springsteen: A conservative critique of his latter day anthems

Phish: The legendary jam band played to an empty theater on New Year’s Eve. Is it still an epic jam if no one is there to watch?

It’s tempting to impart all sorts of symbolism to the sight of Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, and Jon Fishman on stage as they normally would be, except with no one watching or cheering, no wafts of marijuana smoke drifting in the air from the crowd of assembled, self-proclaimed Phish-heads.  Phish isn’t exactly easy… Continue reading Phish: The legendary jam band played to an empty theater on New Year’s Eve. Is it still an epic jam if no one is there to watch?

My Hometown: Springsteen’s 1984 classic is the timeless tale of our own era and proof he’s worth every penny

The country is still convulsed with racial tension, frequently culminating in riots.  The riots and unrest have claimed countless businesses on countless streets, and the manufacturing industry that once was the heartbeat of America remains largely in decline.  Springsteen could release the song next week and it would remain as powerful as it was 40… Continue reading My Hometown: Springsteen’s 1984 classic is the timeless tale of our own era and proof he’s worth every penny

Elon Musk: Time’s Person of the Year has become a relentless advocate for freedom, placing himself in the middle of our raging culture wars

It’s an irony of our times that a former South African, a creature of deep-blue, progressive Silicon Valley, and now the richest man in the world should become a divisive, cultural touchstone for the enduring importance of freedom.  Fighting lockdowns and vaccine mandates, Mr. Musk has earned the respect of conservatives and the ire of… Continue reading Elon Musk: Time’s Person of the Year has become a relentless advocate for freedom, placing himself in the middle of our raging culture wars

Electric cars, inflation, and abortion rights: The everything is racist saga continues, as some say a Civil War is coming

Racism in America is apparently so rampant that everything we do and touch must be seen through that lens. In the past week, the mainstream media has covered everything from electric cars to inflation with abortion in between as a potentially racist issue. They’ve also found a new solution: Conservatives should just surrender and embrace… Continue reading Electric cars, inflation, and abortion rights: The everything is racist saga continues, as some say a Civil War is coming

Duran Duran: Still the greatest pop band on the planet bar none

The legendary “Fab Five” released their 15th studio album, “Future Past,” earlier this year, celebrating their 40th anniversary by continuing to push the limits of popular music and even music videos, proving once again they are without a doubt the best pop band on the planet.  It helps that they actually write and play their… Continue reading Duran Duran: Still the greatest pop band on the planet bar none

Jussie Smollett and the corrupt nexus between race and money

As Jussie Smollett’s trial finally comes to a close, we shouldn’t forget that he did it for the money, using racial resentment for his own fame and fortune.  He understood that stoking racial flames is big business in America today.  How is that possible in a country supposedly run by white supremacists for white supremacists?… Continue reading Jussie Smollett and the corrupt nexus between race and money

Thanksgiving: Progressives take aim at turkey and the entire 400-year old tradition in a desperate attempt to destroy yet another holiday

For many progressives, the spirit of giving thanks has been replaced by endless self-flagellation for our perceived past and future sins.  You will mourn events that happened hundreds of years ago and fear events that might happen a hundred years from now if you don’t confess your own sins and adopt their socialist solutions. For… Continue reading Thanksgiving: Progressives take aim at turkey and the entire 400-year old tradition in a desperate attempt to destroy yet another holiday