Gerry Canavan

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Saturday Morning Links!

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* In case you missed it: I had a mini-reading of Snowpiercer yesterday, focusing on liberal guilt.

* Chicago’s Harold Washington College refused to hire a 66-year-old woman full-time because of her age, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I’m stunned people aren’t talking more about this; irrespective of the merits, this has the potential to completely upend academic labor practices if EEOC wins. What long-term adjunct couldn’t present a similarly compelling case of being “passed over” for a younger, less experienced candidate?

* Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile US terror plots.

The Historic Proof Obamacare Foes Are Dead Wrong On Subsidies. Well, they’re sure to abandon this specious line of malicious bullshit now!

* 5 media mistakes in the Halbig debate.

Capitalism and Slavery: An Interview with Greg Grandin.

California Is Now Experiencing Its Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded.

* Democracy Now tackles the question of whether the Iron Dome is real.

* For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened?

* The so-called “Swedish model” banning the purchase but not the sale of sex is catching on in Europe. But does it work? And for whom?

A Brief History of Shakespeare Criticism.

* The Woman Behind Guardians of the Galaxy, on Writing an Unexpected Blockbuster.

There’s An Idea For A Galaxy Quest Sequel. Sold!

* And Happy 50th Birthday, Adam Duritz.

Adam Duritz Fan Fiction

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Dubious distinction watch: My referral logs reveal I am currently the top Google hit for “Adam Duritz fanfiction,” though the coveted #1 slot for “Adam Duritz fan fiction” continues to elude me. Given that I don’t write or publish fan fiction, much less Duritz-themed fan fiction, this would seem to say significantly less about my blog than about the sorry state of the genre.

HALF AN HOUR LATER UPDATE: Mission accomplished. Having achieved my last objective, this blog is now closed.

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March 2, 2009 at 5:43 am

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New Counting Crows Single

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All my friends and lovers can assure you that I love and hate Adam Duritz like I love and hate myself. The release of August and Everything After was revelatory for me as a lonely and unhappy seventh grader, and it was more or less the unchallenged soundtrack for my life until almost the end of high school. It’s not hard for me to track my life against subsequent Counting Crows releases, each one characterizing both a different period of my life and a different delicate balance of optimism and self-loathing. They’re all committed to memory, even the songs hardly anyone listened to.

This is pretty much the thing that most clearly marks me as wretchedly uncool, but there’s just no escaping it.

I only bring it up because there’s a new Counting Crows single out this week, along with another pair of free songs from the upcoming new album. News of a new Counting Crows album always feels me with dread, as for a long time the band has been inching closer and closer to just releasing 13 tracks of Adam Duritz weeping into the microphone. In the five and a half years since the last album came out, their biggest hit has been the absolutely terrible “Accidentally in Love” from the Shrek II soundtrack, which doesn’t fill me with confidence either.

Still, although it dances as Duritz so often does right on the edge of self-parody, this song may actually hit that Counting-Crows sweet-spot deep inside my lame, lame heart. I’ll only know for sure after I’ve listened to it a few hundred more times.