The Raiders’ Maurice Jones-Drew - a touchdown capped with a “Hands Up - Don’t Shoot” pose.
“I am raising three African American boys,” Jones-Drew told the Chronicle. “Whenever you see things like that … and it’s not just Ferguson, I was in Jacksonville when Trayvon Martin happened, I was in Jacksonville when the gas station shooting over the loud music happened. Those things touch home.
“I definitely wanted to show the people out in Ferguson and around the world that as athletes, we understand and we try to do whatever we can to make a statement. If we could do more, we would.”
As some of you likely know, I host and produce an NPR program called Bullseye. From time to time, we present live shows that combine on-stage conversations with live music and comedy. I’m so excited to share that we’ll be in Los Angeles on October 15th, performing at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
First, tickets just went on sale, so if you’re in Southern California, buy yours now.
Second, please share the news with someone who lives in the area. Reblog, post on Facebook, tweet the link. Our marketing budget is zero, and we’d love to make this a regular event in this spectacular venue.
Thanks for your show. I am very much a regular listener now on WNYC in New York (Sunday at 6:00).
This might sound offensive, but I mean it in the best way: I hear the promo for your show, and I often say to myself, “I don’t give a shit about this.” Then I listen to ten or so minutes of your broadcast and I find myself totally engaged and totally drawn into whoever you are talking to, or whatever you are talking about. Your program has the ability to make me care about subjects that I was 99% sure that I wasn’t interested in. An odd compliment I’m sure, but it is a compliment I assure you!
Best to you and your colleagues at Bullseye. Keep at it.
A specific instance, delivered earlier today via email, of a sentiment I hear a lot about Bullseye.
It’s great fun for people who are already on board with the show (or who are listening on the radio and simply don’t change the channel). For us, though, it’s a pressing problem.
What’s the hook when the premise, essentially, is “trust us?”
We don’t do SHOCKING BOMBSHELLS, we don’t do CRAZY CONFLICTS, and no boldface name we book seems to have more than about a 10-15% impact on our numbers.
Don’t miss Nick Offerman in conversation with Jesse Thorn on Sunday, September 14th. Nick & Jesse will be discussing Nick’s upcoming book Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. Each ticket will receive a paperback copy of Nick’s book.
Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:30PM.
"…irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural irony is at once so powerful and so unsatisfying is that an ironist is impossible to pin down. All U.S. irony is based on an implicit “I don’t really mean what I’m saying.” So what does irony as a cultural norm mean to say? That it’s impossible to mean what you say? That maybe it’s too bad it’s impossible, but wake up and smell the coffee already? Most likely, I think, today’s irony ends up saying: “How totally banal of you to ask what I really mean.” Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like an hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its subject is, when exercised, tyranny. It is the new junta, using the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself."