Philistine that I am, the list of performance artists with whom I am familiar starts and ends with Laurie Anderson. Granted, she’s pretty distinguished, with a list of accomplishments and performances in a wide array of media–and even inventions of musical instruments–a mile long, including the occasional appearance on music and video popularity lists. When she married Lou Reed in 2008, a lot of people probably wondered “Who’s that dude with Laurie?”
Here are some less distinguished but still interesting midday news/views treats:
* Harold Meyerson argues HRC should have “Sister Souljah Moment” with her Wall Street backers.
* Sister of an additional alleged victim of sex abuse by Dennis Hastert, who died in 1995, tells his story.
* House Republicans beginning to come out and say their constituents don’t need threatened Obamacare subsidies, which is not, strictly speaking, true.
* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman listens to HRC voting rights speech and wonders if she’s on the brink of defying her incrementalist reputation and becoming the candidate of “big ideas.”
* At The Grade, Alexander Russo compares four media accounts–none of them containing “scoops”–of meeting between HRC and leaders of the AFT.
And in non-political news:
* Portland, Sacramento and Denver join list of metro areas with most expensive home prices.
As we break for lunch, here’s Laurie Anderson with the 1984 song “Sharkey’s Day.”