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Month: December 2015

Senses of Place, MoS 2015

  Note: This is the fourth and final installment of our MoS Best of 2015    Matters of Sense covered the final season of Mad Men, the world of books and bookstores, and the sordid politics of 2015.  As we wrap up our annual review, we come to the sweet spot: our fascination with senses of place.  LG… Read More ›

Mourning in America: The GOP Campaign and MoS, 2015

  Note: This is the third installment of our MoS Best of 2015    2015 brought down the level of discourse in American politics.  A nation in thrall to the sloppy demagoguery of The Donald cannot think clearly.  Police shootings, mass shootings and acts of terror seem to crowd out space for rational discussion.  The year’s… Read More ›

“Rejoice”: Books, Adaptations, and MoS, 2015

Note: This is the second installment of our MoS Best of 2015    To read or not to read, that is not the question.  2015 was good to readers.  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is investing in delivery drones and launching rockets into space, but his empire has not made brick-and-mortar bookstores extinct (he has even opened his own).    … Read More ›

Museum Piece: Mad Men on MoS, 2015

Note: This is the first installment of our MoS Best of 2015    “I took another man’s name and made nothing with it.”  After hanging up on Peggy, Don Draper seemed destined for suicide.  Fans of television’s greatest series, ever curious about its end and Don’s fate, sensed his imminent doom. They were mistaken.  In the final two… Read More ›

A Trip to ZZ Top’s Tejas

Stepping into an album cover can be a surreal experience. One of my personal favorite ZZ Top albums is Tejas. Released November 1976, Tejas followed hit records Fandango! (1975) and Tres Hombres (1973), as well as earlier blues-rock offering Rio Grande Mud (1972) and the nearly eponymous ZZ Top’s First Album (1971). ZZ Top’s fifth long… Read More ›


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