“Maybe I was born sick,” Baxter muses in the opening line of “Strange American Dream,” in which he ponders the disconnect between how he imagined the world would be as a child and the one that today’s children will be left with. The album ends with an attempt to bridge the gulf with other human beings on the brittle “Let It All Go Man,” a denouement that’s empathetic rather than pedantic or judgmental. Baxter balances it all with humor, namely on lead single “Casanova,” about a sugar mama who expects to be paid back – i.e. college loans. … [Read more...] about How Rayland Baxter Drew on Isolation, Beatles for New Album ‘Wide Awake’
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"Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten." … [Read more...] about Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart — I’m Battling Prostate Cancer … I’m Not Afraid!!
There’s something about I’m Breathless that actually recalls a moment from another Warren Beatty movie, 1981’s Reds, his epic historical romance about John Reed and Louise Bryant. The movie features “witness” interviews from Bryant and Reed’s real life peers, and at one point, the author Henry Miller appears to offer this frank assessment of life in the early 1900s: “You know something that I think, that there was just as much fucking going on then as now.” Miller proceeds to ruin this perfectly astute observation with the qualification that he thinks sex has become more perverse and devoid of love, but the first part echoes something in Madonna’s remark to Interview about pushing buttons and boundaries. I’m Breathless allowed Madonna the chance to filter a staid Disney movie through her worldview. To say, like she so often did, “You know how they always say things are this way? Well, they’re not! Or they … [Read more...] about How Madonna Blurred the Lines Between Personal and Persona on ‘I’m Breathless’
In "The Checks" from 1996, George discovers that the company that cleans the Yankee Stadium office carpets is a front for a religious cult and gets upset when the group shows no interest in recruiting him. When the crew arrives for a cleaning, its newest recruit is Wilhelm, now calling himself Tania (the pseudonym Patty Hearst adopted during her kidnapping). Flabbergasted, George asks the crew head, "Him, you brainwashed? What's he got that I don't have?" … [Read more...] about Richard Herd, Mr. Wilhelm on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 87