Friday Jukebox: Leonard Cohen’s Anthem

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack, in everything That’s how the light gets in. That’s how the light gets in. (The video below was recorded at some point during Cohen’s 2008-2010 concert tour.) http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_e39UmEnqY8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D_e39UmEnqY8

Dude–You’re Divorced!

Thank you Mark Sanford for returning to politics. We surely need the laughs. You’ve got to love his explanation as to why he entered his ex-wife’s house without permission in violation of their divorce agreement. Is he clueless, narcissistic, or some toxic combination of the two? I bet Jon Stewart has a field day with…

Friday Jukebox: Drinking with Jesus

My husband, The Russian, spent the first 28 years of his life in the former Leningrad, whereas I came of age mostly in Southern California. As you might imagine, this divergence makes for some major cultural differences between the two of us, including the lack of a shared pop music background. Although we’re both the…

Reflecting on the L.A. of Southland

The critically acclaimed police drama Southland returned to TNT for a fifth season a few weeks ago.  Set in Los Angeles, the program centers on the work and personal lives of several police officers and detectives as they solve crimes and pursue criminals, both small-time and major league.  Most of the action takes place in…