Archive for the ‘Sweet Tooth – Issue #11’ Category

The Real Deal

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

When I see copies of pirated albums and films available online for download, I understand why someone would desire to get free stuff, but I’m always puzzled about the motives of the person who uploads these things. What do they get out of it? In the case of art piracy the question is much easier to answer. They get paid. (more…)

I’m Not Willie Nelson

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

My heart raced with excitement. The green velvet seats at the River Center felt even plusher than usual. Yes, the Manhattan I’d just imbibed at Capitol City Grill had made me more talkative and excitable perhaps, but it would be wrong to give it all the credit. I was anxious to finally see one of my all-time favorite authors, David Sedaris. He recently visited Baton Rouge on a book tour promoting his new book Squirrel Seeking Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a self-described book of fables in which the worst of human nature is projected onto animals. A hoot as usual, it is a bit darker than most of his other work. I nearly wept when he read aloud the story of the bear cub who, after losing her mother at an early age, spends the rest of her life playing a martyr, eventually achieving her goal of martyrdom in the dim fate of abused circus bear. (more…)

The Patriot Act (It Is Like Coming)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Patriot Act was passed soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Almost all of it is now permanent law. Several provisions which were given expiration dates, due to concerns over civil liberties, have just recently been renewed, and act that the news program Democracy Now calls ‘a new authorization of world-wide war.’ (more…)

The Revolution of My Mind and Body

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

My emotions are at the surface of every cell like a bubble about to burst. Each cell of my body is vibrating with an energy that feels like a riot of mixed emotions behind a dam. I might vaporize if I don’t relieve the pressure slowly like the Morganza spillway does for the Mississippi river. Mother Nature is a bitch for us humans. (more…)

Tiki Mix Ukelele Review

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

When I was young(er) it was commonly accepted that you listen to the whole album in sequence as it was intended to be heard by the musicians.  Mix tapes evolved, for me anyway, long after I merely recorded albums to tape in order to save the vinyl from too much wear and to hear album rock in its entirety in the car, usually from the backseat, in some cul-de-sac full of broken glass, through a thick fog of…Zeppelin, Electric Ladyland, Wheels of Fire.  (more…)