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An Agenda for the Day After

by Seth Rogovoy Assuming there is a decisive victor in Tuesday’s presidential election – but regardless of who that victor is – this is what must happen on Wednesday, the day after, in order to restore democracy and the rule of law in our political system: FBI director James Comey must do the honorable thing…

Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash

by Seth Rogovoy This article was originally published in Hadassah Magazine in the April/May 2015 issue. Subsequently, I was awarded a 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for excellence in arts and criticism for this piece.   ARTIST OF THE YEAR, songwriter of the year, and “fan choice” of the year. Katy Perry?…

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Achievement

  by Seth Rogovoy BOB DYLAN HAS BEEN a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature for many years, but I don’t think any of us really thought he’d ever win. Now that he has, the question remains, what’s left? He’s already won all the other awards – medals of honor and freedom from the…

Why the Rogovoy Report Needs Your Ongoing Support

The Rogovoy Report always has been and always will be free and open to anyone to visit, and the e-newsletters I produce under the Rogovoy Report banner are free to anyone who signs up. I am committed to this online publishing model, even though so many others are moving toward a paid subscription model. For…

Don’t Look Back: What to Expect When Bob Dylan Plays Tanglewood

by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass.) – Consider yourselves warned. When you go to see Bob Dylan perform at Tanglewood on Saturday, July 2 (or at Forest Hills Stadium on July 8, or anywhere during his summer tour), you will be hearing almost no songs you associate with Bob Dylan. In fact, unless you’re a hardcore…

THE TOP 10: Berkshire Summer 2016 Cultural Preview

by Seth Rogovoy Every summer, performing arts organizations in the Berkshires offer an embarrassing wealth of riches in theater, music, dance, and other arts. This isn’t news. The greatest obstacle for audience members is figuring out where to be and when. I’ve even seen people walking around with spreadsheets they prepare in advance of the…

In Defense of Unlocking Our Smartphones

by Seth Rogovoy The idea that our smartphones are somehow sacrosanct and should be off-limits to the government is a sincere wish, but also an exercise in a kind of naïve romanticism about our phones and digital technology. What are our smartphones, after all, other than digital file cabinets, housing information that otherwise is and…

Why Do Mainstream Media Legitimize a GOP Coup d’Etat?

Why do highly respected mainstream news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio, report on the Republican senators’ opposition to President Obama’s nomination of a replacement for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia when he passed away as if this is a genuine political power struggle, rather…

Have You Seen This Man?, or, Hudson Keeps Humming Along Without Hallenbeck

by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Usually no-show jobs are reserved for professions like dockworker or construction worker. But in this riverside city, even the mayor can be a no-show. According to civic journalist Carole Osterink, writing in her Gossips of Rivertown blog, two days after it was confirmed that outgoing mayor Bill Hallenbeck lost…

Walter Benjamin’s Kabbalah of Naming Things

In one short paragraph, the great German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin connects the dots among art and creativity, language and perception (epistemology), and the Creation story of the Bible, thus conjuring his own mysticism, his own Kabbalah: “The name receives and assimilates the ‘language issuing from matter,’ the ‘communicating muteness’ of nature through which…