David Rochester

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Pokey LaFarge Laments Labels, Defends America's Heartland

Out with a new album, 'Something in the Water,' the singer continues touring to liven spirits and denounce the idea that all Americans are "fat and …

‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

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Friedrich Nietzsche on Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty

German philosopher, poet, composer, and writer <b>Friedrich Nietzsche</b> (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900) is among humanity’s most enduring, influential, and oft-cited minds — and he seemed remarkably confident that he would end up that way. Nietzsche famously called the populace of philosophers …

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ | Colossal

<p>South Korean sculptor Byeong Doo Moon unveiled a new stainless steel sculpture as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2014 earlier this month in Sydney. …

Feminists can twerk too: What Annie Lennox misunderstands about Beyoncé

In a discussion about Beyoncé’s brand of activism, Lennox told NPR “twerking isn’t feminism.” I beg to differ<p>Well, Annie Lennox found an effective way to get mass media attention while promoting her latest album: dis Beyoncé, mention twerking.<p>Her remarks arose in a recent NPR interview, after …

Bill Maher’s atheist values: Why progressives must defend enlightenment, critique religious extremism

“Real Time” fall-out illustrates a debate between theocracy and rule of law and reason. Liberals must choose a side<p>Bill Maher’s recent monologue on "Real Time" excoriating self-professed liberals for going soft on Islam -- hotly debated again last Friday with Ben Affleck and Sam Harris, and …

Science proves that you love your dog like a baby

We’re going to go ahead and assume that the results apply to cats too…<p>A PLOS ONE study recently confirmed what many of us already knew: dog love can be extremely similar to maternal love.<p>"Alloparenting," or adopting and caring for different species-- has occurred for tens of thousands of years (the …

Martha Argerich,Ravel Jeux d'eau

Rachmaninov Vocalise Op. 34 n. 14 - piano solo

Art & Painting

Artist: Édouard Manet (1832-1883)<br>Chez le père Lathuille (1879)<br>Musée des Beaux-Arts Tournai<br>Posted by Nicoletta

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Artist: Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)<br>The Kiss (1859)<br>Posted by Nicoletta

Jonathan Sacks on Richard Dawkins: “New atheists lack a sense of humor”

Noted philosopher tells Salon atheism deserves better than new atheists, and how science and religion can get along<p>Jonathan Sacks rarely goes by more than two titles. This might be taken as a form of modesty, because the man actually has three: one of them academic (a PhD in philosophy), one civil …

Once upon a time on the Bowery

Photos from the earliest days of CBGB take you up close to Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Blondie and a loud new scene<p>When I moved to New York in 1976 to work as a photographer’s assistant, I quickly began looking for a place to hang out in and hear live music. I’d seen the ads in the back of the …

Cut it out, atheists! Why it’s time to stop behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins

A dominant strain of atheism just loves to throw mud at the religious. Here’s why it needs to stop<p>If you're at all familiar with atheism in America, then the following two scenes should probably come as no surprise: Biologist Richard Dawkins exhorting his followers to mock and ridicule believers …

Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014

Forget minimum wage, some adjunct professors say they’re making 50 cents an hour. Wait till you read these stories<p>You've probably heard the old stereotypes about professors in their ivory tower lecturing about Kafka while clad in a tweed jacket. But for many professors today, the reality is quite …

The bible of the modern American city: Why “The Power Broker” is still one of our most important books

After 40 years, this magisterial biography of Robert Moses remains an essential primer on American power<p>Take an interest in the history of New York City, and someone will soon ask if you’ve read “The Power Broker.”<p>This is, in part, a good-natured gauge of your interest and experience; the urban …

Antonin Scalia’s bad law, bad history: How the Supreme Court legalized corruption

Citizens United sparked a political revolution that would have left the Founders revolted<p>The gift of a framed print was at the heart of a little-noticed case that foreshadowed the Supreme Court's political theory in <i>Citizens United.</i> The case came to court after a trade association, Sun Diamond …

Robert Plant: Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar

We'd like a Zep reunion as much as anyone, but it's easy to understand Robert Plant's resistance. Reinventing himself on his 2007 Alison Krauss …

“I want a straight white male gaming convention”: Inside the culture war raging in the video gaming world

As a gamer myself, I’ve seen tensions simmering in the community for years. So #gamergate doesn’t shock me at all<p>Over the past few weeks, the video game community has erupted into a full-blown culture war. On one side are the gaming journalists and developers, circling the wagons around feminist …

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar<p><b>Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.</b><p>The Irish poet William Butler Yeats once famously evoked the drift of time through the image of old men gazing at their own watery reflections. "Everything alters, and one by one we drop …

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire / Rachmaninoff - Suite for two pianos 2/3

Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's Sixth ('Pathetique')

Forget, first of all, its mis-translated moniker. Tchaikovsky’s final symphony might be about death, but it’s the piece he termed ‘the best thing I have composed’ and is a confident and supremely energetic work<p>Let’s get this clear: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony is not a musical suicide note, …

Why acknowledging white privilege is not surrendering to “white guilt”

Recognizing the historic burden of whiteness is not self-abasement or lame apology. It’s the pathway to freedom<p>One commenter on Salon got my attention last week during the furor that followed my essay about “white privilege” as a concept that helps us understand both what actually happened in …

Kate Bush Performs "Among Angels" at First Show in 35 Years

Tonight, Kate Bush played her first show in 35 years. Pitchfork's review of the show is forthcoming. Details and a setlist from the show have emerged, as has a distant fan-shot video of her performing the <i>50 Words for Snow</i> track "Among Angels" (taken despite the pre-announced no cameras policy). …

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I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not

An excerpt from ‘Saturday Night’ — the landmark ‘SNL’ book — about the controversial rise of the show’s first breakout star<p><i>“Fame is a very unnatural</i> …

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Art & Painting

Conference At Nightwish<br>Artist: Edward Hopper<br>Completion Date: c.1949<br>Style: New Realism<br>Genre: genre painting...<br>Technique: oil<br>Material: …

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.<p>The …

How Music Affects Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words.<p>It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity-but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important …

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