The Cinch Review 2016-02-02T02:29:49Z http://www.cinchreview.com/feed/atom/ 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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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[I Wanna Be Sedated]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15661 2016-01-21T21:56:30Z 2015-12-11T02:44:31Z The harbingers of civilizational collapse and impending apocalypse have become so very common as to encourage a serious case of the old ennui. There is little to generate surprise in the latest catastrophes and the daily litany of hopeless headlines. Yet once in a long while something can come along that compels even the most […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Bob Dylan Chooses Hired Guns Over Cancellations]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15640 2015-12-11T15:03:49Z 2015-11-20T17:50:34Z The U.S. State Department has warned Americans abroad to steer clear of numerous sites in Italy that are apparently threatened by jihadist attacks. These include in particular the Vatican in Rome, and two sites in the city of Milan: the Duomo and La Scala opera house. The warning also mentions more general targets “such as […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[“In Flanders Fields,” read by Leonard Cohen]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15623 2015-12-11T15:06:09Z 2015-11-12T02:57:06Z Marking Remembrance Day in Commonwealth nations, Canadian poet, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written in 1915 by John McCrae. (Below via YouTube, courtesy of Legion Magazine) In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[The Concern of a Canine]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15577 2015-12-11T15:08:05Z 2015-11-03T20:04:20Z Yours truly is not a particularly friendly guy, as his friends would readily attest. My dog, a fourteen pound mutt named Billie, is quite different: a friend to anyone who makes eye contact with her. She is also quite different in the level of concern she’s capable of showing to unknown passersby. Life in the […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Paying God Back (in Oregon)]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15548 2015-10-04T02:58:58Z 2015-10-02T21:25:47Z So there has been another act of nihilistic mass murder in America, this time at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where nine people were shot to death yesterday before the murderer himself was killed. And so there are many people crying, there are some people praying, and there are some taking sides in the political […]

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Sean Curnyn http://www.cinchreview.com/ <![CDATA[Crime and Punishment]]> http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15468 2015-11-06T13:54:44Z 2015-09-02T01:21:14Z It’s not easy for a nation to see itself in the mirror. And it’s even harder when the visage in the glass is as misshapen and horrific as this. Forty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the practice of abortion was not merely permissible but was a fundamental right sitting somewhere between the […]

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