American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Carnegie Hall has crappy marketing (and other reasons for the death of classical music)

So here is the crux of my problem with Carnegie Hall: It worships the musicians at the expense of the music.

I am on the list for Carnegie Hall because I’ve attended a couple of concerts there, but I rarely respond to emails or mailings and I haven’t been to the Hall in years. Why? Because [...]

“Stimulus” is a meaningless term

My reply to David Brooks (who now fancies himself an economist):
If economists had a clue most of them would work real jobs producing something. This is REALLY simple.
If you had a friend who was in debt to his eyeballs and had just lost his job and he asked for a loan to spend the weekend [...]

Tom Friedman math:
debt + inexperience = success!

Thomas Friedman, the most “important columnist in America,” reminded New York Times readers on Wednesday that all is possible if you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Friedman’s latest footnote in America’s ongoing Horatio Alger narrative prescribes a new round of government tax cuts to help college graduates start their own businesses.
By Friedman’s twisted [...]

New York Comix Culture

New York Times supresses opinions in its comment line!!!

The New York Times has adopted a policy of holding indefinitely any comments with which it disagrees when the subject is one they wish to editorialize. Prior to this date, whenever I posted comments which were not in agreement with the general NYTimes position, my comments were held up for most of the day, and when [...]

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