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A hearty conversation about the Beatles, Washington Irving/Christmas, and hockey

Wednesday 12/1/21

I don't normally do this--just put up a link to a radio interview as a stand alone entry--but I thought I'd mix it up. Usually I'll link to these within the context of a post, and then they'll also be archived in the News and On air sections of the site. For those who are new to this journal, I should mention that the Music writings, Film writings, Short fiction, Literature writings, and Art writings sections are all horrendously out of date at the moment--there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 links to pieces to get up, after I pull down a lot of what is there so I can reorder everything so that it will still be in chronological order. It's a work in progress. The News, On air, Op-eds, Sports writings, Beatles writings sections, are much more complete at the moment, though they only cover a portion of my career, and obviously don't include pieces that were only available in print form, or links that don't exist anymore. The Books page also needs a makeover. Eventually it will all be right. But I like this conversation about the Beatles, Washington Irving/Christmas, and hockey, so just doing something a little different.


"Some people just have a connection. I think that connection is something that most people will never have in their life. Now, they won't say that to themselves, because they have to think about being connected to at least somebody in a certain way. But that doesn't make it real. We're very fortunate to ever experience a true connection. And when you have that connection and the person can leave or you can leave or you can fight, or fall out or whatever--if you are back in the same place again, you will be connected once more because you always have been. It's something beyond what you say. There are, sometimes, energy bonds between people. And I think that's what you can actually see in this film."


"Washington Irving is that way. Thoreau is that way. And these days, because they are white males, you get the whole feminism thing, 'Oh, it's mansplaining' and all of this, like Thoreau is bad now. No. Thoreau is one of the three smartest people to ever live. And he has a kindness to match that. He also has something called 'purpose.' And 'standards.' And it's okay to have standards for yourself and for other people. It doesn't make you a bad person. It makes you an optimist of hope for the human condition. That you expect and want and ask more of it."


So here it is.