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Your Entertainment Guide During the Pandemic

by Seth Rogovoy   Concerts are cancelled. Movie theaters are closed. Performing arts venues are shuttered. What’s a culture vulture to do? While nothing beats live performance or seeing movies on a big screen, we’re all learning to make do with the new normal: staying at home and consuming our culture via streaming on digital…

Soundtrack for the Apocalypse: A Playlist

by Seth Rogovoy   I’ve been working on a Spotify playlist I call “Soundtrack for the Apocalypse” over the last week or so. You can listen to it here. Please listen to it in shuffle mode.   As you will hear, the criteria are for both music and lyrics to somehow address an emergency, if…

(Quarantine Diary #3) On Schooling at Home During a Pandemic

By Seth Rogovoy In the past few days, since so many schools shut down for the foreseeable future, I have already seen and overheard many parents commenting in frustration on how difficult it is to “homeschool” their children. After half an hour alone with their kids, trying to jam into their brain some data points,…

On Turning 60

by Seth Rogovoy   I turn 60 on March 19, 2020. For me, the passing of a decade has always been as much about how old I will be a decade hence as it is about what era of life I am entering (e.g., teens, twenties, thirties, forties, fifties). Turning 60 is as much about…

The Final 500

by Seth Rogovoy I figure if all goes well, I’ve got enough time to read about 500 more books before the lights go out. So I’m making a list of what they should be. I came up with about two dozen books I haven’t read and two dozen I want to re-read. What would you…

Books I Read in 2019

by Seth Rogovoy   I failed in my book-reading goals for 2019. Not necessarily by not reading a total of 50 books, which I had set out to accomplish, but in not keeping better track of what I read nor taking better notes about what I read. Suffice to say that I hope to begin…

Democrats Need to Unite for Victory Now

by Seth Rogovoy The Democratic candidates for president need to stop running against each other and unite in one single task: to defeat Donald Trump. This should be the sine qua non of their campaigns. When they run against each other, they make themselves look small and ineffectual, like Lilliputians turned against each other rather…

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…