Here’s my review of this year’s Ojai Playwrights Conference. (Please ignore the little typos: Sometimes these things happen on a tight deadline.) The line that haunts me from that weekend: "Maybe the truth ain’t what you see in front of you but a dream down the road."
Well, that’s the theory, anyhow, to be found in this book I reviewed for the VCReporter called Crunchy Cons. Interestingly, I interviewed the likable author, young former National Review writer Rod Dreher, but about a third of the way through the session, he abruptly stopped answering questions (via email) and stopped responding to further contacts.Continue reading “Here Come the Right-Wing Hippies”
Maybe the most encouraging book I’ve read this year is by a young conservative columnist named Rod Dreher. It’s called Crunchy Cons and in this book he argues, to put it in a nutshell, that so-called conservatives who choose efficiency and profit over livable cities, good honest food, beauty, and the health of the planet,Continue reading “A Test of Our Character”
George Orwell is a great writer, period, and if you ask yours truly, his greatness comes through in "l984" not just in the prescience of his thought, but in the passion of Winston and Julia. Surely they are the sexiest of all couples in political literature. I do wonder why on earth he changed hisContinue reading “Happy Birthday, George”
Not everything is about climate, believe it or not. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s Ojai Music Festival, which promises to be spectacular, especially Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre.