Issue 21: What’s New

Published: Nov. 5, 2011

I heard a fascinating piece on NPR about the controversy over the Pebble Mine in rural Alaska… another story about colossal economic development at the expense of preserving natural ecosystems, habitat and traditional native lifestyles.  But this time the usual contestants in the political battle had seemingly switched sides.  I did some more digging and got deeper and deeper into how this came about – join me as I Follow the Money.

We have been fortunate to have the Stony Brook University weekly Fall Film Series quickly follow their ambitious summer festival… the independent, foreign and select Hollywood films offered are an oasis in the relative cultural desert that is eastern Suffolk County.  Most of what we’ve seen thus far (Page One: Inside the NY Times, Danish film In a Better World,  A Better Life, Beginners, Sarah’s Key) have all been thirst quenching.  But Terrence Malick’s ambitious indie film Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt did not stand up to the elements – I sharpened the axe and log splitter and now have plenty of firewood for the season.

The really exciting news of course is the Occupy Wall St. (OWS) movement.  A loyal Opinion8ed2 fan wrote in recently chastising me for standing on the sidelines and not covering it and while Issue 21 was about to be published I decided she was right and I had to say something.   We spent some time with the occupiers and my thoughts and photos are included in Laissez – Not Fair.  As always your comments on this or any issue are welcome!

Following the debut of Opinion8ed2’s first Manhattan restaurant review in Issue 20, I was reminded of the blockbuster movie Julie and Julia. Julie, a social worker by day and blogger/writer/would-be chef by night set out to prepare every recipe in Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking and publish a daily blog of her experiences. I’m not nearly as ambitious but have similar aspirations to write so I thought I could probably handle a sporadic blog entitled, The Art of Eating  so check out my review of Malaparte, our favorite West Village neighborhood northern Italian restaurant.

Buon Appetito, Ciao!


Published on November 5, 2011 at 11:00 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Editor’s note: Since most blogs (including this one) run comments with the most recent posts appearing first, if you publish a riddle or in this case an intellectual free association/potential SAT analogy question and then publish the answer, it appears before the question. So this note is a spoiler alert advising you that if you have not read the comments in this blog stream previously, you are strongly encouraged to discontinue reading at the end of this sentence and scroll to the bottom of the page and read the post at the bottom first before reading this one which contains Andy’s answer to the question he raised (but you, like me, may have your own answer… in which case please send it in!)



    The answer is Bob Dylan.

    Here’s my reasoning. When Steve Jobs died, the press was full of adulation at his genius. On top of that Jobs autobiography disses Gates for never having invented anything.

    I figure Bill Gates should feel slighted by all that.

    By the same token, 30 years or so ago, when Paul Simon was at the height of his fame, the press was full of the genius of Bob Dylan. I saw an interview with Paul Simon at the time, where Simon was complaining about being shortchanged by the press and the public.

    Paul Simon felt pretty slighted by all that.

    So Steve Jobs is to Bill Gates as Bob Dylan is to Paul Simon.

    (note: I much prefer Paul Simon’s music )

    Editor’s response: I do see your logic with Bob Dylan/Paul Simon… but not sure PS would argue that he was Dylan’s equal or that their contributions to American culture are equivalent. If you’ve got some original quotes or source material on that I’d like to see it. It’s a bit like apples and oranges though. Dylan was a musical poet and a cultural commentator (at least in his early years which is mostly what I care about anyway) and in that role was beyond comparison… whereas Simon is (note the conscious difference in tense) a musical innovator and much more talented musician, period.


  2. Hi paul. I just want you to know how much I appreciate your monthly lease magazine. Looking forward to reading this month’s issue. Perhaps mary and I will meet you and terry in the city and try out a guided tour of this italian restaurant. Regards, jack

    Editor’s response: Thanks, but “Lease magazine”??? Please do check back after you’ve read the issue with any comments or fish bones to pick


  3. Paul, apropos of nothing at all, I thought of this SAT analogy and thought you and your readers might know the answer. Here goes:

    Steve Jobs is to Bill Gates as ???? is to Paul Simon.

    What’s the right answer and why?

    Editor’s response: Wow, that really is out of left field…plus left me scratching my head. Mostly because I don’t see Paul Simon as analagous to Bill Gates. Simon has consistently thought out of the music box, just as Jobs did in the computer world. So I would re-cast the question as: Steve Jobs is to Bil Gates as Paul Simon is to ???? And I would answer, James Taylor. Both have had a strong impact on folk-rock music for 40+ years…but Simon re-invents his musical style on a regular basis and pushes the envelope, introducing truly innovative styles (as Jobs did with Apple products), whereas Taylor has been prolific but more predictable (as is Gates).


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