Category Archives: Arts

C-19 Soundtrack

All of us have songs in heavy rotation right now. Some of them might actually imply the need for social distancing. Let’s find some of those! Consider these for starters:

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Hype Machine

Walkout songs–the songs that play while hitters strut from the on-deck circle to the plate–have become part of the entertainment value of baseball. Even pitchers have gotten into the act. They’re having songs piped in while they make it from … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

Greetings, all! I hope the blog finds you energized and ready for the spring semester. Entertain me. Tell me the most ridiculous piece of advice you got during the break. If you prefer, take a moment to question something that … Continue reading

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What’s in a Joke?

While watching last weekend’s cold open for Saturday Night Live, I found myself wondering how funny the show would be if it couldn’t rely on satirizing politicians. The episode provided a running answer to that question. From the “Oscar the … Continue reading

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Let the Music Play

Several years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting changed its formatting from being music based–with predominately classical music–to talk. This was a move that most in the media applauded. I’m just not sure I can listen anymore. I have nothing against the … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is…

Below please find the nominees for Best Picture. Who’s going to win? Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaA Star Is BornVice On a related note, the oldest film festival in Mississippi, the Magnolia Film Festival, takes place in Starkville February 28-March … Continue reading Continue reading

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“Borrowing” a Few Moments of Somebody Else’s Time

Help me understand. How can people who have cell phones that cost hundreds of dollars claim that they’re too broke to pay for the films they watch on those devices? How can people at any level of income justify watching … Continue reading Continue reading

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Arts in Mississippi

Legislators in both houses are currently considering a bill that would abolish the Mississippi Arts Commission and transfer its responsibilities to the Mississippi Development Authority. Sponsors of the bill see it as a way to streamline the relationship between Mississippi’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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