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Tomorrow Never Knows: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The End Of History: Remember that one? ” What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” That was Francis Fukuyama, and apparently if history was to end today fascism looks like it might be the overall winner. Fascism knows no political party, anybody can be a fascist.When even the US flirts with totalitarianism, the end of history seems closer than ever.

News Overload: The greatest loss of this latter half of the 2010s is an astonishing overload of absolutely everything, strangely and sadly more is less than it has ever been, it is impossible to keep up with the deconstruction of facts and where every story has a counter story.

Saudi Arabia: Is a good for instance, the Saudi knock off of the  Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi of the Crown Prince. It would seem to be a sure thing but POTUS, not wanting to harm a $121B arms deal, throws shade. A big story expands and expands.

All Things Must Pass: The original and still Big Bird,  Caroll Spinney, is to leave Sesame Street after 50 years…

Television: “The Man In The High Castle”‘s third season upped the ante by making a conduit between the the world as is and the world where the Axis Powers won the second world war (Grade: B). The new “Manifest” is about a plane that reappears after five and a half years with none of the travellers having aged or having even been aware of the time that has passed (Grade: B). SNL will never be the SNL it was in the 1970s, but Weekend Update’s Michael Che has a great deadpan (Grade: C+).

Sports: And by sports I mean New York Sports, has never been worse… maybe ever. Two local football teams, two local baseball teams, three hockey teams, two soccer teams, three basketball teams (don’t forget the Liberty) and the closest thing we have to a winner is a rookie quarterback.

Old Music: It’s a pleasure to listen to the Elton John setlist in readiness for Friday’s long goodbye at MSG. Otherwise I have started really listening to Aretha Franklin’s first album… though her true beginning is the 1965 Songs Of Faith, recorded live in 1956 when Franklin was fourteen years old but not released till 1965.

New Music: Much like hard news, there is so much of it it boggles the mind. How many albums are released a year? Since anybody, anywhere, can simply release an album it is hard to express it clearly but I would say something around 2500 major releases a year.

Movies: “Idris Elba Joining Taylor Swift & Jennifer Hudson in ‘Cats’ Musical Film Adaptation…” I wonder if they are gonna rewrite the book (or do I mean libretto). Still, I’ll go even if only for Swift.

Festivals: Virgin Fest announced… I thought if you were a virgin you would be first and not last in the cluster fuck…

Under 21: The depressing thing about Billboard’s 21 under 21 is how much of a waste of time a slacker like me feels. Heading the list are 21  Shawn Mendes, Juice WRLD, Noah Cyrus, and Lil Pump. Billie Eilish is all of sixteen and that country boy with a baritone is eleven.

Fiction: When I broke up with my girlfriend of eight years this summer, I promised myself I would use the additional hours in a day to write more fiction. I’ve written two short stories since then (“Honky Tonkin'” and “Mid Tempo”)  and am deep in thought about the third, to be called “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her”.  My only criteria for these stories is that they have something to do with music… Meanwhile, my novel “Memory Motel” nears the end.

Concerts: I plan to make an, ahem, concerted effort to go to less shows moving forward. Like Big Bird age is catching up with me.

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