Review: The Terror

By John Ruberry "It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen's Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, … Continue reading Review: The Terror

(Review) XTC: This Is Pop

By John Ruberry Synesthesia: "A sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color," so says If there is a void in your musical life and you are a fan of the Kinks and the … Continue reading (Review) XTC: This Is Pop

Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

By John Ruberry Season four of the post First World War-set British gangster drama Peaky Blinders returned to Netflix ten days ago. It aired last month on the BBC. Read my review of the first three seasons here. For the uninitiated, the show is about, yes, the Peaky Blinders; who are named for the razor … Continue reading Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

Review: Peaky Blinders so far

By John Ruberry Most of the main characters in Hell on Wheels, my last Netflix binge-watching adventure, were shaped, and scarred, by the American Civil War. In this BBC 2 television show, Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England beginning in 1919, World War I casts its shadow over the lead characters. Three seasons have been … Continue reading Review: Peaky Blinders so far

Only time will tell

Society has a curious love/hate relationship with pop culture. It hurls bile and snark at some, while tongue-bathing others, all in an effort to seem disaffected and elite while simultaneously craving acceptance by the Kool Kidz. It seeks a mythical connection with the latest bands and the hottest hands, an association minus genuine attachment. Those … Continue reading Only time will tell

Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

By John Ruberry "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, 1964. … Continue reading Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past