The Power and the Nonsense

In 1961, as a kid in Atlanta, I discovered the radio--and, like everyone else, was amazed I hadn't thought of it before.  Soon, I was passionately listening, waiting for my favorites to come around again on the playlist, even restlessly twisting the dial when the particular song bored me, in case something better came up … Continue reading The Power and the Nonsense

Besting Our Addiction

If there is one story that’s favorite in America, it’s that of a person redeemed. Not in religious terms alone: the hero doesn’t need to turn to God, simply to have turned away from addiction or destructive behavior and towards a constructive existence. It can even be foolhardy: Yossarian rowing his rubber lifeboat away from … Continue reading Besting Our Addiction