Purgatory phase as Coronavirus dominates news and art

You can’t get away from it. In the grocery, almost everyone is masked. Turn the radio on in the car when you’re running errands, and the news briefs are “Coronavirus-centric” every time. Music is not spared either. In an email blast today a major performing rights organization sent out a link to numerous songs dubbed “protest” songs, and a quick glance at the org’s news page reveals social justice in abundance alongside tales of, as we call it in our family, “Da ‘Rona.”

Welcome to 2020, a year many of us cannot wait to leave behind, despite as my grandmother frequently warned me, we are “wishing our life away.” Continue reading “Purgatory phase as Coronavirus dominates news and art”

Why do national dinosaur media handle the CPC with kid gloves?

Will indie media be our saving grace?

We were talking about many news outlets’ fondness for the CPC, the way they handle it with kid gloves,  when my friend asked me what news I “watch”.

My answer was easy.

“Little to none.” Continue reading “Why do national dinosaur media handle the CPC with kid gloves?”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Freak witch ordered online brings bizarre surprise—what is she saying?

Ghosts at Halloween image Indie Art South
Image by Indie Art South

I have a lot of holiday decorations, so I don’t buy as much as I used to. But this year, I decided to buy something new, and I settled on a witch I found at an online retailer. I told Rebecca this would be a great addition to her Halloween greeting on her public music page.  Once the witch arrived, we got a big surprise.
Continue reading “Freak witch ordered online brings bizarre surprise—what is she saying?”

Star-packed Tarantino film coming, with help from China

A blockbuster film is coming from Quentin Tarantino in July, 2019, and the film has something in common with others being created in the USA. Tarantino got help from interests in China to make his film. The controversial filmmaker isn’t alone when it comes to money from Asia. Continue reading “Star-packed Tarantino film coming, with help from China”