The Unconditional Judgment of History

Before he capitulated to the cancer that lay siege to his throat behind the warring fog of cigar smoke, a lethal Anaconda Plan executed to precision, cutting off air, squeezing and suffocating his lungs, the victorious general of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Appomattox reflected on his life, penned his memoirs, handed them unceremoniously to Mark Twain, then unconditionally surrendered. U.S. Grant fought to end slavery though he’d owned slaves once himself.

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What I’m Watching: Con Man

Sometimes, there’s an actor who just makes everything better. No matter the project, if this person’s involved, you know it’s going to be good, or at least better than it might’ve otherwise been.    For my time and money, Alan Tudyk is one of those people. Probably best known for playing pilot Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity, Tudyk is an actor you probably recognize from at

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Museum Feature: Tread of Pioneers

A few weeks ago I visited Steamboat Springs. Sounds like a funny name for a town that lies deep in Colorado mountain country, but its name origin is interesting: early trappers, attracted to the area by a steamboat-like chugging sound coming from a mineral spring, named the area Steamboat Springs. Later, James Crawford and his wife Margaret, known as the “Mother of Routt County,”  established their homestead nearby in 1875,

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Reverb

Day six dawned breathing words echoing nightfall The reverb cut clean.

I Hate Unprepared Musicians

Recording music is probably the easiest job in the world. Any monkey can sit down at a computer and hit a button on a keyboard. So, why doesn’t everybody become a music producer? Simple — it’s not just hitting a button. A common misconception, mostly due to the overuse of the word “recording” (the correct term being tracking), is that all you need to do is record. Music production is

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