Of all the hand-wringing about our current state of politics, a major complaint is that today’s voters choose personality and attitude over policy and ability. However, students of history know that this has been the case for centuries in America, almost from its inception.Continue reading “Personality Over Policy: An American Tradition – “The Problem of Democracy” Reviewed”
It’s after 1 a.m. on a Saturday night/Sunday morning and while I’m ostensibly doing work for a class I’m taking, I can’t stop thinking about a phone call I received today. The bottle of wine I just finished is helping with the deep reflection, just FYI.Continue reading “A Dream Shattered”
As a parent and homeowner, it can be difficult to not become a slave to tasks.Continue reading “A Perfect Moment in an Imperfect Life”
The latest iteration of my newsletter includes my recent experience with Hallmark Christmas movies, changing a one-year-old, having to pay a deposit to use a shopping cart, and of course, the latest books I encountered.Continue reading “The Pierznik Monthly Newsletter Volume 59 (October 2019)”
In most cases, progress and evolution happen slowly, over a period of time marked by small, incremental changes. Occasionally, however, a seismic shift occurs and a culture transforms overnight.
That is what happened in 1986 when a young man with a voice that sounded like it was from outer space came in the door and changed the game forever with “Eric B. Is President,” the first single from Eric B. & Rakim. The latter half of that duo was still in high school when he introduced a “new era of rhyme style” with complex internal rhymes full of multisyllabic words and a relaxed, composed delivery that was more conversational than shouting.
It was a new day in hip-hop.Continue reading ““On Writing” for the Hip-Hop Culture: Rakim’s “Sweat the Technique” Reviewed”
What genre of films do the Coen brothers make?Continue reading “I Approach Writing the Same Way the Coen Brothers Approach Movies”
There are times when being a musical artist creates a no-win situation. Fickle fans want you to grow, but keep making the same sort of music. They don’t want you to repeat yourself, but quickly become unhappy if the new stuff is too different from what they expected.Continue reading “Gorilla Monsoon Rap – “Dream Team: A Stokely Hathaway Joint” Reviewed”
The latest iteration of my newsletter includes thoughts on the first day of school – for both kids and adults – family vacations, the juxtaposition of grandparents and grandchildren, writing about hip-hop again, and of course, the latest books I encountered.Continue reading “The Pierznik Monthly Newsletter Volume 58 (August/September 2019)”
Continue reading “A Wedding Is Not a Marriage”
The ceremony should serve as the base camp of a mountain, but far too many people treat it like the peak
“Got me behind the pot again”
The odds were stacked against him.Continue reading “The Return of the Purple Tape: Raekwon’s Classic Sequel Turns Ten”