Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist January 14, 2019 In the Arguable e-mail newsletter, columnist Jeff Jacoby offers his take on everything from politics to pet peeves to the passions of the day. Sign up here. Each year the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute bestows its highest honor on a recipient who embodies the legacy of one of Alabama’s 20th-century heroes: the fearless, fiery Birmingham pastor Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and one of the giants of the US Civil Rights Movement. Among the award’s past recipients have been Georgia Congressman John Lewis, former Ambassador Andrew Young, and Vernon Jordan Jr., all of whom played significant roles in the struggle for equal rights.This year, the institute blundered badly. It announced in December that the 2019 Shuttlesworth Award would go to Angela … [Read more...] about Would MLK honor Angela Davis?
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Bedouine, Priests, Mystery Lights, Kokoko!, and 297 more By Kevin Curtin, 10:00AM, Wed. Jan. 9, 2019 Tweet print write a letter South by Southwest continues to stack emerging talent for its 2019 Music conference with this morning’s cull of 300 artists that’s thick with Austin buzz acts – Molly Burch, Abhi the Nomad, the Teeta – and international intrigues including Dublin song crafter Hillary Woods and progressive alt-Africa group Kokoko! The 33rd annual convergence, March 11-17 throughout the Texas state capital, also sent invitations to Azniv Korkejian, aka song whisperer Bedouine, D.C. DIY specialists Priests, increasingly experimental Swedish rapper Yung Lean, and NYC garage-punk hook mongers Mystery Lights, stars of Daptone subsidiary Wick Records. Combined with a previous list that came out in November, this reveal brings SXSW’s running total to nearly 700 acts. Bedouine, aka Azniv Korkejian, performing in Austin … [Read more...] about SXSW Unveils Third Artist List
My mind is scattered lately, so this week's column will jump around like the kangaroo rat. Some of these topics come from random words or phrases I've emailed to myself and then forgotten why. I am getting better at deciphering. JIVE VERSUS JIBE I recently saw a sports story (in another paper, of course) that used the word "jive" where "jibe" should have been. Wrong: "Renewing commitment between the most powerful people in the organization would require a total forgiveness on all sides that doesn't jive with the personalities of men who carry grudges to their graves." To jive is to talk deceptively, to kid around or to dance to jazz music: Tell me the truth, don't jive me. You're descended from William the Conqueror? Who are you trying to jive? To jibe is to be in accord with something. If it doesn't jibe, then it doesn't make sense: The princess stayed awake because of a pea under the mattress? That doesn't jibe with reality. You say Grandma had really big eyes, big ears and big … [Read more...] about WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Does your use of ‘jive’ jibe with the meaning of jive?
WE WILL NEVER HAVE another man in public life quite like George Herbert Walker Bush. A war hero. A two-term congressman. Ambassador to the U.N. and China. Chair of the RNC. CIA director. Vice president. President. HE WAS THE son of a senator from the great state of Connecticut -- where he spent much of his childhood. The father of a president and governor. FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS … NYT’S ADAM NAGOURNEY: “George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died on Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.“Mr. Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993, capping a career of more than 40 years in public service. A decorated Navy pilot who was shot down … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook: R.I.P. George H.W. Bush
93 year old Earl Laber returned from his home in Vermont to check out the controls of the USS Slater which he served on Friday Oct.12, 2018 in Albany, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) 93 year old Earl Laber returned from his home in Vermont to check out the controls of the USS Slater which he served on Friday Oct.12, 2018 in Albany, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN, Albany Times Union 93 year old Earl Laber returned from his home in Vermont to check out the controls of the USS Slater which he served on Friday Oct.12, 2018 in Albany, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) 93 year old Earl Laber returned from his home in Vermont to check out the controls of the USS Slater which he served on Friday Oct.12, 2018 in Albany, N.Y. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN, Albany Times Union 93 year old Earl Laber, left, returned from … [Read more...] about Earl Laber, 93-year-old WWII Navy veteran, retraces steps on USS Slater