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Prop 8: How the Decision Reads

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Judge Vaughn Walker’s careful targeting of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger opinion at Justice Kennedy, particularly his citations to Kennedy’s opinions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas, is masterful work – and probably pointless. In its recent opinions, the current Supreme Court has demonstrated that it will do pretty much whatever it feels like, prior opinions be damned.

JEFF MORROW: Judge Walker can’t make the Court do what it doesn’t want to do, but his careful craftsmanship dares them to write a bad opinion. Continue reading

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90s: The Golden Age of Music?

AKIE BERMISS: I should make it clear from the outset that it is not my position that the 90s was THE golden age of music. Just perhaps one of many golden mini-eras that come and go with the tides. And I should also make it clear that there is very little scientific evidence to back up the arguments I am going to presently make. What follows is, rather, a pseudo-scholarly attempt to draw up a basic outline of musical trends in the last half century or so.

I speak, of course, of music. Of the last great golden age of music: the 90s. But not as an isolated incident, rather, as a the most recent evidence of a decidedly unproven trend of artistic flowering under a Democratic presidency. It seems curious to me that we can so often think of artistic artifacts as being simply art’s domain when, in fact, we all know that outward influences are always at play. That often art is a sign of the times. Or art can act as a cultural and societal artifact as potently as an “artistic” one. Certainly anthropologists look to art in order to gauge the tenor and timbre of a civilization. Why shouldn’t we (albeit on a more micro-level)?

STEPHON JOHNSON: While the 90′s could be considered last real golden age for music, the way music was consumed and experienced back then might cloud our judgement of the decade. Continue reading

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