The Cinch Review Music, metaphysics, and more 2016-09-02T20:12:00Z http://www.cinchreview.com/feed/atom/ Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Dying to Hear “My Way”]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=16111 2016-09-02T18:40:57Z 2016-09-02T00:47:27Z A survey in Britain has found that apparently about one in two of the populace has prepared a musical playlist for his or her own funeral. It is good to be prepared for that which is inevitable, so this news is initially heartening. However, the survey, by Co-op Funeralcare, found that the most popular song […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[The Disease of Conceit]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=16075 2016-08-19T13:12:11Z 2016-08-18T21:42:33Z Bob Dylan might be on to something. Maybe, as he says in the song, conceit is a disease. There’s no reason to be conceited: animals aren’t conceited. There’s no reason for us to come to think that we’re “too good to die.” It seems to be something we catch: a contagion, and once contracted it’s […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[One More from Leonard Cohen]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=16039 2016-09-02T18:59:12Z 2016-08-12T21:29:49Z Leonard Cohen has the gift (which has only sharpened as the decades have passed) of being able to make a listener truly laugh, while really weeping, and in the end leave that listener thankful to be here at all, in a way beyond any ordinary expression. And it's that "leaving you thankful" part that is likely the most hard-won trick.

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[The Same Lessons, Unlearned]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=16010 2016-07-15T20:44:47Z 2016-07-15T16:26:53Z What level of atrocity is required to change the calculus?

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels (and Rising Prayers)]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15979 2016-09-02T18:49:41Z 2016-06-21T01:12:23Z There's so much one could say about this album, precisely because it was designed to have endless depth. That depth is in the songs, the singing, the playing, as well as the gorgeousness of the recording. In all of these aspects the album brims with a love that seems to overflow out of the speakers; these songs of great love are performed with great love.

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Unknowing the Enemy]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15950 2016-09-02T19:01:29Z 2016-06-12T23:29:37Z Seven months ago, in the Paris jihad attacks, 130 people were killed. Then there were 14 killed in the jihad attack in San Bernardino in December. In the Brussels jihad attacks, three months ago, 32 were killed. About 12 hours after at least 50 people were massacred this morning in Orlando by a man who […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Listen to Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels (stream)]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15907 2016-08-12T21:03:05Z 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 2016-09-02T19:02:38Z 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 2016-09-02T19:05:28Z 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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