Author: Michael Konik

Goodbye, Obama. Hello, Trump.

Soon, the fearsome power to hurt many people for no good reason (and many bad ones) will pass from one very dangerous man to another very dangerous man. At first blush, Donald Trump’s brand of militarism appears more obnoxious, dunderheaded and foolish than his predecessor’s brand of militarism. Specifically, the calls for updating the nuclear...

New Music Without Borders

Genres and categories are cool when you’re trying to sell something. But some of our most compelling musical artists don’t pay attention to the imperatives of the marketplace. They make what they make, and the grand bazaar of culture must sort out where to file the “product.” Ian Faquini (guitar) and Paula Santoro (voice), native Brazilians, explore the traditional...

Frightened Families, Vulnerable Schoolchildren and Gelson’s Good Name: The Gardner Street Fiasco

Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine this ludicrous scenario: Imagine if someone showed up at your front door and told you in the coming years he intended on using the yards in your neighborhood as his new toilet facility. Because he likes the location. This stranger, dressed in a bespoke suit and grinning cordially, doesn’t ask permission...

Edward Snowden: Hero

Edward Snowden has been portrayed as a traitor, a hater of American Values, an endangerer of our brave boys and girls in uniform (and out), a tool of our enemies, a treasonous criminal. Viewed through a foggy lens clouded by fear-based ideology, the charges sound vaguely sensible, like most lies do. He did, after all,...

December 17, 2016

December 17, 2016

Konik on Reddit: ASK ME ANYTHING: 12/17 (Saturday), at 11 AM PST/ 2PM EST MK hosts an IAMA in reddit  This is an opportunity to Ask Me Anything.

Kasher in the Rye

Onstage, the celebrated stand-up comic Moshe Kasher is self-assured, commanding, and blazing with intelligence. So accomplished (and justly celebrated) is he as a comedian that it’s sometimes hard to reconcile the juvenile delinquent author-narrator of Kasher in the Rye, his 2012 recovery memoir, with the smooth-talking raconteur in performance. Can this really be Kasher’s childhood? Two...

Lord of the (Filipino) Flies

Faced with that minor distraction we call the Presidential Election, focused on a brash-talking demagogue of our own, many of us Americans may have only noticed in passing that the Philippines, long our ally in the Pacific, has devolved into deadly violent chaos. Since May, more than 3,000 people have been killed. Based on the...

How the State Trooper Explains Standing Rock to His Child

“Daddy!” “Welcome home from school, honey. How was your day, little girl? Did you learn a lot in Fourth Grade?” “Yes, Daddy. I did.” “Like?” “Our teacher talked about the savages who were living here way back when before normal Americans discovered America. The Indians. They rode horses and walked everywhere. They had different tribes....

Sara Serpa & Andre Matos: All the Dreams

The Portuguese duo of Sara Serpa (vocals) and Andre Matos (guitar), make music that invites a torrent of adjectives: ethereal, shimmering, poetic, hypnotic, and, yes, dreamy. Imagine if J.S. Bach and Joao Gilberto collaborated — while tripping on opium. “All the Dreams” is an album that invites repeated listening. (Our household has enjoyed the record...

President Trump and Beyond

Shock. Disbelief. Catatonia. We’ve observed various forms of post-traumatic stress disorder manifested in Hillary Clinton voters, very few of whom seem able to process the idea that the fiasco we witnessed unfolding in slow-motion was an election, not a coronation. We’ve heard the tearful confessions: “I’m speechless.” “I’m frightened.” “I’m so upset I think I...