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Rage is an intimate and revealing political Tour De Force

From the opening pages of veteran political reporter Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, President Donald Trump, through his own words, is seen as being totally in lockstep with the inflated image of himself that he, alone, has created. If one thinks that, in the wake of the Mueller report, the ...

The lasting legacy of a dustbowl balladeer

Once, a long time ago, I read in some obscure music publication that Bob Dylan once said that had there been no Woody Guthrie, there never would have been a Bob Dylan. Lofty praise, indeed, coming from a Nobel laureate, and the poet of his times. The enigmatic Dylan’s public admiration for ...

Rotations: Stones, the Dead, Fleetwood Mac offer early album reissues

The Rolling Stones have rereleased their 1973 album, “Goats Head Soup” (Polydor), as a deluxe boxed set featuring a newly remastered stereo mix by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin. The boxed treatment also includes rarities and outtakes as well as alternative mixes ...

Chris Frantz writes memoir, ‘Remain in Love’

Chris Frantz, the enthusiastic drummer in the post-punk band Talking Heads, writes in his new book, “In 1991 David sneaked out of Talking Heads.” That’s how Franz describes mercurial lead singer David Byrne’s departure from the band. Other members of the group, Franz and his now-wife, ...

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California Burritos makes great food and big smiles

If you are not Hispanic yourself, but have been welcomed into a Hispanic home, you have very likely been exposed to generosity, inclusion, great humor, genuine respect, and some of the best food you have ever eaten. These experiences are repeated across the thresholds of family-run restaurants ...

Marmite: A polarizing British concoction

There are some foods that are so polarizing that people unfamiliar with them react with instant disgust. For instance, most Asian people eschew cheese, as they consider it to be just rotten milk. For my part, I can’t abide pancakes, biscuits and gravy or Twinkies. I expect to get a lot of ...

Hummus not just a go-to party food

I’m always a little bemused when I see people buying tubs of hummus at the supermarket. It’s right there near the fancy cheeses, wedged between dolmas and tabouli. And, in case nobody was getting the point, there are generally racks of pita bread and lavash within arm’s reach. Basically, ...

Giant of Siam serves up the kindness of Thai culture

Thailand is a truly magical place. Waters of crystal-clear and shimmering blue, monsoonal forests, tropical evergreens, and lush jungle envelop sacred temples of multicolor tile and stone, villages of thatched or brightly painted homes, and bustling roadways teaming with commerce and daily ...