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About misadventure

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  • Birthday 03/22/2008

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    The great state of New Jersey
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    The first time I heard Thunder Road.
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    http://Depends on the weather.
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    Writing, my dogs, travel, arguing about politics. And music of course--lots and lots of music.
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  1. Meet Miles, our newest of three dogs. He was a foster and we fell in love and made it official.
  2. Grab your ticket and your suitcase.

  3. Actually, just the opposite. Redwire liked to let everyone duke it out. It really was the Fight Club back then.
  4. How we respond to those things (or fail to) is a matter that politics is very much concerned with, though. Bruce gives me courage. And, through Greasy Lake and the Fight Club, he has helped me to find people to bounce my ideas off of, people who also have given me the courage to try to do positive things in the world. That's a bit indirect, maybe...but Bruce made it happen.
  5. Absolutely. I'm a relative lightweight when it comes to political activism.
  6. For quite a while. He was the FC mod when I started here. I think it's a big, thankless job for any one person.
  7. By the way, I'm not the only one on the thread who is doing something about my political beliefs. I know of at least one poster who does more than I do. I just harp on it because it's become my way of coping with my feelings of helplessness in this particular historical moment.
  8. It's possible to discuss Bruce without discussing his political views and evolution--but it would be a shallow, incomplete analysis. Which means threads like this one will keep popping up as needed, and if they're the only outlet for political talk, they might get unpleasant in the way political talk tends to. I persist in thinking it makes sense to have a Fight Club, where most of that conversation can continue away from the eyes of those who don't really want to partake of specifically political conversation. I'm sure the Fight Club is a bitch to moderate, and I understand the need to take a break. I personally hope it will only be a break--not a break up. There are other things I can be doing with my political energies, of course, and even before the break came, I was using most of my outrage to make phone calls to people who can actually affect change instead of going back and forth on the Fight Club. Whatever happens here, I intend to keep doing that.
  9. Oh no, Wasted beat me to it down to the same Wikipedia quote!!!!! I thought I'd read the whole thread before I posted, but I guess I did not!
  10. Re: The Ghost of Tom Joad--everything about the song (and almost everything about the album) is political. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but GOTJ is based on Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, or, more accurately, on the movie based on the novel. What do we know about The Grapes of Wrath? This is lifted from Wikipedia: When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." His work won a large following among the working class due to Steinbeck's sympathy for the migrants and workers' movement, and his accessible prose style. (Note: the following paragraphs are mine, not Wikipedia's. I don't know how to go back to my original font.) Well, we still have migrant workers and refugees looking to become migrant workers. And right now we're punishing them for coming here, searching for work and a better life. We're not publishing the people/companies who break the law and hire them. Bruce didn't come up with the song or the album to entertain us. I mean, I'm sure he doesn't mind if it does. But his main goal was clearly to move us. And if you can be moved by the human element of those songs and not be moved by the still quite relevant plight of the people they are based on, you're missing something very important about Bruce.
  11. Just watched the latest episode. It's chilling...but no more so than real life these days.
  12. Being able to ignore politics is a luxury. I'm glad Bruce has decided to resume speaking for those who don't have that luxury.
  13. Isn't she a genius to boot?