Day’s End and Night Watch

I’ve written enough on this site about my love for Roxy Music without going into it in detail again. Suffice it to say that the band–once referred to in Rolling Stone as a “cabaret for psychotics”–took every love song meme in popular music and gave it a new and disturbing twist, without, somehow, losing Bryan Ferry’s air of naivete. Just amazing.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At UN today, Obama delivers provocative speech warning Putin he’s making same mistakes as Dick Cheney. Works for me.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack writes about the forgotten history of African-American crime/drug backlash politics.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly takes a jaundiced look at the current state of the Catalan Independence Movement.

* At College Guide, Perkins Student Loan program, the country’s oldest, is at death’s door.

* At the Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the growing consensus that media coverage of the Columbine massacre was terribly misleading.

And in non-political news:

* If you missed the Supermoon/Eclipse event over the weekend, AP’s got lots of pictures.

That’s it for Monday. Here’s an overlooked track from the last Roxy Music album I really liked, Siren (you know, the one with Jerry Hall on the cover). The tune is “Whirlwind,” with some of Ferry’s most quavery vocals ever.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.