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Mario Cuomo In Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: The election of Mario Cuomo would have meant nothing less than the intellectual rebuttal from liberalism needed after Ronald Reagan. Instead, when Cuomo failed to make the 1992 presidential run, conservatives had a 40-year reign in the presidential discourse.

AKIE BERMISS: Mario Cuomo became Governor of New York State in 1983. Several months later I was born. And for the first 11 years of my life — Cuomo was mayor. At the age of 12, puberty hit me like a ton of bricks — it was the end of an age of innocence. So I quite naturally associate Mario Cuomo with the warm and wonderful feeling of simplicity that is childhood. That’s not to say I didn’t have my share of complicated woes from ages 1 – 11 (it was the eighties and New York was basically New Jack City), but if there was one consistent goodness it was Cuomo at the helm of the state.

This also means I associate George Pataki with sweaty hair, pimples, and nocturnal emissions. Which is fair, I think.
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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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