"I was sort of always under the impression that these things were done while everybody was just trying to work," The Decemberists' Colin Meloy says a little ways into this Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. "I kind of like the romance of that."
Clarence Clemons during a performance on Aug. 7, 2002, in New Jersey.
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The sad news from the weekend that E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died at the age of 69, a week after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida, has inspired quite a few "best Big Man solos" blogposts.
In summer, people like to get away. Some visit the beach, others the mountains. But many of us like to go a little further: to Arrakis perhaps, or Earthsea — or maybe a new dimension entirely. Which is to say, we escape into a fat science fiction or fantasy novel.
Fatherhood had been a hot topic in the news. President Barack Obama recently launched his <em>Strong Fathers, Strong Families</em> campaign
Mason Jamal is a contributor to The Root.
Before President Barack Obama was penning essays and delivering social sermons on fatherhood, there was Ed O.G. & Da Bullldogs. It was the early '90s and the hip-hop quartet from Boston had a hit single on their hands, "Be a Father to Your Child."
Syrian President Bashar Assad, as we reported earlier, today blamed "saboteurs" for the violence in his country — even though human rights groups and protesters say it is government forces who have been responsible for most of the deaths in recent weeks.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
We've had strong presidents and weak presidents, skillful presidents and incompetent presidents, mediocre presidents and just plain poor presidents. Barack Obama stands alone as the first president who simply declines to lead.
Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider has unveiled a sun-powered bikini. The iKini consists of tiny solar panels sewn together — enough to power a cell phone. Schneider told the International Business Times a wearer should dry-off the iKini before plugging in any devices.