The Cinch Review Music, metaphysics, and more 2016-05-24T22:03:45Z http://www.cinchreview.com/feed/atom/ Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Listen to Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels (stream)]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15907 2016-05-13T00:52:13Z 2016-05-12T19:37:34Z Bob Dylan's latest, Fallen Angels, is to be officially released on May 20th (four days ahead of Mr. Dylan's 75th birthday). But you can listen to whole thing now via a streaming broadcast from NPR, embedded below.

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[The Dog in the Mirror]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15894 2016-05-12T13:13:21Z 2016-05-12T01:44:42Z Do dogs lack "self-awareness" because they don't look at themselves in mirrors - as compared to chimpanzees and people?

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Happy Passover]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15875 2016-05-13T00:29:43Z 2016-04-23T01:21:15Z The Bible tells stories, that’s all; except that these stories cause tidal waves and earthquakes: the mountains leap, the mighty fall. (You just need to have the patience to see it unfold.) There is no story more often remembered and retold than that of the Passover, and this on one level seems to be the […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Karma Comes Up Short for Robert F. Kennedy School]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15854 2016-04-14T13:50:17Z 2016-04-13T19:09:35Z A few years back I wrote in this space about a public school in New York City that was utilizing the Hindu concept of karma to teach good behavior to its students, as evidenced by prominent signs both outside and inside the school referring to karma and relating it to specific behaviors. That was the […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Bob Dylan, “Melancholy Mood”]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15823 2016-04-13T21:16:28Z 2016-04-07T16:41:49Z It is (in the sense of those things these days) Bob Dylan’s hot new single: “Melancholy Mood.” The song is best known from its recording by Harry James and his Orchestra, with brand new boy singer Frank Sinatra, in 1939. It was the B-side of “From the Bottom of My Heart.” Neither side charted, though […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[One Day in America]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15793 2016-02-13T13:59:00Z 2016-02-13T02:24:56Z It’s all in how you look at it, isn’t it? “Oh, a few people got stabbed in Ohio. Big deal.” Or this: In Columbus, Ohio, yesterday (Thursday) evening, a man entered a restaurant named Nazareth, armed with a machete. The restaurant serves Middle Eastern food. It is owned by a gregarious man named Hany Baransi. […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Three Score and Ten]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15757 2016-01-21T22:00:34Z 2016-01-16T23:24:19Z It was a passing thing, the merest of blips in the constantly gushing torrent of news, if even by chance one happened to have noticed it at all. It was simply this: Two widely reported celebrity deaths happened in quick succession, and both persons died at the age of 69. The first was the pop-music […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Frank Sinatra’s 1957 Christmas Special (with Bing Crosby)]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15738 2015-12-24T14:09:44Z 2015-12-24T03:01:33Z Directed by Frank Sinatra himself, and sponsored by the good people of Bulova and Chesterfield, it’s surely one of the classiest Christmas specials ever to go out over the airwaves: twenty-five minutes of unassuming Yuletide excellence. And it’s currently available via YouTube (and embedded below). The year, 1957, was also when Sinatra recorded his great […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=8994 2015-12-24T01:53:56Z 2015-12-24T01:45:48Z (Bringing this out of the archives to mark Frank Sinatra’s centenary) There’s a communal feeling about most Christmas music. Maybe this is because we generally hear the songs in the company of others, whether it’s as we’re elbowing our way down the aisles of the department store or perhaps singing along with them in church. […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Sacrifice in Afghanistan]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15704 2015-12-23T18:47:15Z 2015-12-23T03:22:06Z Reading the newspaper summary of the life of Joseph Lemm—who was killed with five other American troops in Afghanistan two days ago—makes for a devastating reminder that the people we lose on these battlefields and outposts thousands of miles from home are the very best of us. We have no right to expect such people […]

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