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Seth Rogovoy to Give Virtual Lectures on Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen

(EVANSTON, Ill.) – Author Seth Rogovoy will be presenting two virtual multimedia lectures on Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen on behalf of Beth Emet: The Free Synagogue, of Evanston, Ill., on Thursday, November 12, at 8pm Eastern Time (Dylan) and on Thursday, November 19, at 8pm Eastern Time (Cohen). Each talk will be followed a…

Now That I’m 60 …

by Seth Rogovoy   I turned sixty just about a half year ago, almost exactly on the day that the pandemic-induced lockdown began. The small party planned to mark this milestone was postponed, and the day itself came and went with little celebration. Instead, it marked the beginning of my four-month solo quarantine, until the…

The Rogovoy Report Requires Reader Support

Dear Readers, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your loyalty and support. The Rogovoy Report e-newsletter and website has roots going back over 10 years as an adjunct to Berkshire Living magazine, and many of you have been subscribers since the beginning. There have been changes and updates to…

It’s Doom Alone That Counts

by Seth Rogovoy   …. There are many here among us Who feel that life is but a joke But you and I, we’ve been through that And this is not our fate So let us not talk falsely now The hour is getting late…. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl Two riders…

Which Bob Dylan Album Is His Best Since ‘Blood on the Tracks’?

by Seth Rogovoy (FORWARD, 7.12.20) – It’s as predictable as death and taxes. Bob Dylan releases a new album and critics hyperventilate that it is his best since his masterful 1975 album, “Blood on the Tracks.” The latter was an acoustic song cycle largely about the dissolution of a marriage (his marriage?), and it does…

In Praise of Mixed Nuts

by Seth Rogovoy   I like mixed nuts. I don’t know how they do it, but someone has figured out the perfect ratio of different kinds of nuts – the best-tasting proportion of Brazil nuts to filberts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts (technically not a tree nut but a legume). I love blindly reaching…

The End of Travel

by Seth Rogovoy   You hear it all the time from natives, expats, experts, know-it-alls, and blowhards: that such-and-such a city that you’re thinking of visiting isn’t what it used to be. It’s a mere shell of its former self. While it was once the coolest, hippest place to visit, where everything was a bargain…

Am I Really Cut Out to Be a Writer?

by Seth Rogovoy   I stumbled upon a Medium post by Jill Reid the other day entitled “The Top 10 Signs You’re Really Cut Out to Be a Writer.” It caught my eye and I thought, sure, why not? So what if I’ve been at this thing for 40 years or so, depending upon how…

(Quarantine Diary #7) Redefining Our Lives After COVID

by Seth Rogovoy   There is an emerging consensus that life after the COVID-19 pandemic – if there ever will be such a thing – will not look exactly like life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor should it. And I’m not only referring to changes that will be made in direct response to the spreading…