"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Meantime, the baseball Angels (long flown from Los Angeles) have gone back to the future, sort of, announcing a name change to the LA Angels…of Anaheim. Somewhere, Bill Rigney winces on. As long as they bring back the halos.
The Washington Nationals will become The Washington Nationals of Anacostia after a Brief Sojurn Somewhere Else
The Boston Red Sox will become The Boston Red Sox of What the Hell Do We Complain About Now
The New York Yankees will become The Kings of All They Survey (To always be said with an evil laugh by MLB mandate)
The Atlanta Braves will become These Are the Atlanta Braves (to always be said by James Earl Jones by MLB mandate)
The Florida Marlins will become The Is This One of the Crappy Years or Do We Win the World Series?
The Chicago White Sox will become the South Side White Sox Who Haven't Sniffed a Series Since They Threw One
The Cleveland Indians will become the Cleveland Indians of Kill Us, Kill Us Now, For God's Sake Put Us Out of Our Misery and Kill Us Now
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The NY Sun's Will Friedwald writes on the Third Reich jazz scene, including the swing band that provided musical interludes for Lord Haw Haw:
It's possible some members of the British Union of Fascists were swayed by Lord Haw Haw. But it's hard to imagine any Allied civilians, listening to Charlie's bad English, awkward accent, and terrible lyrics, regarded him as anything but a bad joke - one more frightening than funny. This is one band from the swing era whose work I don't want reissued in a complete edition.
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I'd been searching for a recording of "Hell's Bells," and finally found one, by the Sid Peltyn Orchestra, 24-and-a-half minutes into this old 78s show from last August on WFMU. The host Old Codger is a piece of work. "Louis Jordan is still dead, so is Ukulele Ike, but – but – my erotic memories of Sophie Tucker are very much alive," he says.