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Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ Stays True to Itself

by Seth Rogovoy (NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., October 24, 2019) – Seeing the revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal currently on Broadway (at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by Jamie Lloyd, running through December 8), reminds a theatergoer of the pleasures to be found in pure drama. By that I mean drama that isn’t about…

The Right-Wing Plot Against Leftists

by Seth Rogovoy At the bathroom sink the other day, I reached my right hand across the faucet to give myself a squirt from the soap-pump dispenser, which somehow wound up on the left side of the sink (stage right for those of you who are theatrically inclined). It was an unnatural movement; it didn’t…

Seth Rogovoy to Offer Live Summer 2019 Berkshire Cultural Previews

Seth Rogovoy is offering live multimedia previews of the Summer 2019 Berkshire cultural scene, encompassing the region’s abundance of theater, classical and popular music, dance, and visual arts. Every summer, Berkshire cultural venues expand their programming, making it nearly impossible for any one individual to navigate the exciting maze of what is happening around the…

MYSTERY TRAIN: ‘Berkshire Flyer’ to Nowhere

MYSTERY TRAIN: Given what they are proposing, you have to wonder if any of those pushing the so-called Berkshire Flyer train connection between Pittsfield and New York City have ever made the trip itself – or if they even live in the Berkshires. The proposal, which will cost $614,000 and is supposedly nearing reality, is…

My Right Foot

By Seth Rogovoy (Saturday, January 12, 2019) NEW YORK CITY – I go under the knife on Monday morning. More specifically, my right foot will be cut open and bone spurs (the real kind, not the fake kind with which “patriotic” “nationalist” presidents evade the call-up) that are impinging on my first metatarsal joint will…

My 2019 Reading List

by Seth Rogovoy Here’s a list of books I hope to read in the year 2019. Add to this list new books that attract my attention via reviews and personal recommendations; books I will need to read for journalism assignments; plus many dozens of books about George Harrison and the Beatles I will read for…

What I Read in 2018

By Seth Rogovoy I am both blessed and cursed in that my work determines to a large extent what I read. Since my work for the most part coincides with my interests, most of my “obligatory” reading or reading for research overlaps with what I might choose to read. On the other hand, my reading…

Banish These Terms

by Seth Rogovoy   Caravan Administrative state Homeland* Base (as in “Trump’s base”) Deep state   Where did these words and phrases come from? How did they so quickly and successfully enter common parlance without adequate vetting? How did the mainstream news media fall into a pattern of parroting right-wing political euphemisms as if they…

On Rome

by Seth Rogovoy   (April 20, 2018) – ROME FELT LIKE DISNEYLAND, or at least what I imagine what Disneyland must feel like, never having been. More precisely, perhaps, Rome felt like one of those places my parents took me to when I was a child: Frontier Town in upstate New York, or Colonial Williamsburg…

On ‘populism’ vs. ‘fascism’

“The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy.” – Rob Riemen, “To Fight Against This Age: On…