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Published: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:34:41 +0000

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The Affair season 2

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:34:41 +0000

(image) Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 104, in which I review every episode of The Affair - Season 2 - one of my all-time favorite series on any kind of television.

You can find my written reviews of these episodes here -

 

The Affair 2.1: Advances ... The Affair 2.2: Loving a Writer ... The Affair 2.3: The Half-Wolf ... The Affair 2.4: Helen at Distraction ... The Affair 2.5: Golden Cole ... The Affair 2.6: The End (of Noah's Novel) ... The Affair 2.7: Stunner ... The Affair 2.8: The Reading, the Review, the Prize ...The Affair 2.9: Nameless Hurricane ... The Affair 2.10: Meets In Treatment ... The Affair 2.11: Alison and Cole in Business ... The Affair Season 2 Finale: No One's Fault

 

My podcast review of all of The Affair season 1

And here are my books and my videos ...

 


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A Conversation with Linda Kaplan Thaler

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:15:33 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 103, in which I interview Linda Kaplan Thaler.  Linda and I wrote a bunch of songs in the late 1960s, including "Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye," which appears on my 1972 Twice Upon a Rhyme album, mentioned from time to time on this podcast. Linda went on to write the world-famous, iconic "Toys R Us" jingle in 1983 ("I Don't Wanna Grow Up, I'm a Toys R US Kid"), mastermind the Aflac Duck campaign nearly two decades later, and work on the political campaigns of both Bill and Hillary Clinton.  She has also co-written four books, including The Power of Nice, and the recently published Grit to Great.  We discuss all of this and more on the podcast. You can get Grit to Great here.    Other helpful links - Linda Kaplan Thaler on Wikipedia Linda sings Skyscraper Tony DeSanto sings "Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye" video of my 15 August 2015 concert with Peter Rosenthal in Ronkonkoma, NY my 2006 interview by Patrick Rands on WZBC Radio, in which I talk about Linda Kaplan and my discography, which Patrick plays my Transfer of Power science fiction story, about what really happened when JFK shook Bill Clinton's hand Lyrics to songs in the podcast -   SKYSCRAPER words by Paul Levinson music by Linda Kaplan 1968   Skyscraper nestled in the quiet vapor of the clouds above the crowds that teem and dream below you   Skyscraper set against the pastel paper of the sky I wish that I could see those colors glow too   (bridge) Wonder what you see Looking down at me Wonder who I am Wonder what I'll be?   Skyscraper dressed up in the sparkling drapery of night, it's always bright outside for you always new   (bridge)   NOT YET READY TO SAY GOODBYE Words by Paul Levinson Music by Linda Kaplan 1968   Things been getting’ worse, lately Been lovin’ in reverse, lately Almost time to say we’ve had our fill Seems from here the road is all downhill Don’t you believe it girl, we’ve something still   (chorus) Hey, we’re not yet ready to say goodbye “Sure gonna miss you” just won’t get by Goodbye don’t make it We can’t forsake it We’re not yet ready to say goodbye   Life’s been down on us, lately Been causin’ quite a fuss, lately Breakin’ up would be the simple cure But the treatment would be mighty poor Long empty evenings never feelin’ quite sure   (chorus)   (bridge) Can’t say so long – it’s been so long Can’t say that’s all – ‘cause that’s all wrong   (chorus)   A PIECE OF THE RAINBOW Words by Paul Levinson Music by Linda Kaplan 1968   A piece of the rainbow fell to the ground and burst into colors   And I picked up a piece of the rainbow A pretty little star I put you in a jar so I could watch you grow   And I brought home the piece of the rainbow Enchanted little elf I put you on my shelf And hoped that you would glow   And I watched you every day And you slowly turned to gray   And I picked up my piece of the rainbow And tossed you back to the sky And waved a last goodbye I had to let you go      CLOUDY SUNDAY Words by Paul Levinson Music by Peter Rosenthal 1968   Cloudy Sunday I wake to find you gone Cloudy Sunday The bed I sleep upon is strangely smooth and white Touched only by me and the empty night   Cloudy Sunday A fog upon my brain Cloudy Sunday condenses into rain and tears begin to swell but you couldn't tell that I loved you well   So we loved each other in passing But I'll keep searching for something more lasting Like the poet looking for the once in a lifetime rhyme   Cloudy Sunday I glimpse a distant form Cloudy Sunday I sense that she is warm but question what I feel – reflection of me or something more real?   Cloudy Sunday[...]


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Interview with John Glenn

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:50:22 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 102, in which I interview John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, about what he sees as a constructive intersection of space travel and religion.  The interview was conducted on July 30, 2015 in Senator Glenn's office at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. A transcript of this conversation will be published in the Touching the Face of the Cosmos anthology being assembled by Michael Waltemathe and me - more details about that, including the contents, here.   We also discussed John Glenn's response to portrayals of him in the media, and other aspects of his life as an astronaut.  *Note added December 17, 2015: the anthology has been published, and is here available here.

 

In addition to John Glenn, his wife Annie of 72 years participates in the conversation.  Adam Sackowitz joins in the questioning.  In addition to John and Annie Glenn, I thank Joel Iskowitz, Adam Sackowitz, Peter Bucher, Kathy Dancey, and Fordham University, for each helping in their own ways to make this interview possible.

The photo below of John Glenn, Annie Glenn, and me was taken at the end of the interview.

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Philip K. Dick on Television

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:47:04 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 101, in which I review the pilot of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle - that is, the pilot of a series to be streamed on Amazon, based on Dick's alternate history masterpiece.  Here's my written review of the pilot.    three time travel novels: the Sierra Waters trilogy What if the Soviet Union survived into the 21st century,and Eddie and the Cruisers were a real band?[...]


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Predestination and TV 12 Monkeys

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:43:02 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 100, in which I review Predestination (the movie made from Robert Heinlein's 1959 story "All You Zombies") and the first three episodes of the 12 Monkeys TV series (based on the 1995 movie).  Yes, 2015 is starting out as a great year for time travel!   Blog post reviews - Predestination  12 Monkeys TV series  Italian review, with reference to "The Chronolgy Protection Case"    three time travel novels: the Sierra Waters trilogy four more time travel stories (Loose Ends saga)  [...]


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The Affair season 1

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:55:16 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 99, in which I review every episode of The Affair - Season 1 - my favorite new series on television.   You can find my written reviews of these episodes here - The Affair Premiere: Sneak Preview Review The Affair 1.2: Time Travel! The Affair 1.3: The Agent and the Sleepers  The Affair 1.4: Come Together  The Affair 1.5: Alison's Episode  The Affair 1.6: Drugs and Vision  The Affair 1.7: True Confessions  The Affair 1.8: "I Love You / I Love You, Too"  The Affair 1.9: Who Else on the Train?  The Affair Season One Finale: The Arrest and the Rest And here are my reviews of Season 2 - The Affair 2.1: Advances                                                                                               a different kind of affair       [...]


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Bones 100 and 200

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:53:22 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 98, in which I play, back to back, my review of Bones 100 (100th episode) as recorded in 2010 and my review of Bones 200 (200th) episode, written just a few days ago and recorded this afternoon.   It's fun to see how much and little has changed in Bones in the past five seasons.  One thing that has remained constant is the delightlful quality of the show.  

For my written reviews of these two landmark episodes, see 

 

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a different kind of love story and mystery


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Why I Am Against Net Neutrality

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:25:59 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 97, in which I explain why, even though I usually support progressive causes, I'm against net neutrality - or the government mandating that all providers of content have equal access to the Internet.   In brief, my reasons are the First Amendment, the Utilitarian principle of the greatest good for the greatest number, and the importance of smooth and unimpeded streaming of TV and movies for millions of viewers.   This podcast episode gives details on these reasons.

 

See also my written blog post on this issue:

Why I'm Against Net Neutrality

 

 

 


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Three Time Travel Movies

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:04:56 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 96, in which I review three recent, under-the radar, off-the-beaten track time travel movies: Dimensions, I'll Follow You Down, and 95ers: Time Runners.

If you know of other time travel movies which you think I might enjoy and want to review, just list them here in the Comments section (right below this post).

Here are my written reviews of these movies -

Hey, if you enjoy these sorts of small-scale time travel movies, check out The Chronology Protection Case, available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

 

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and more time travel in Loose Ends, Hugo-nominated  novella -  "Paul Levinson has taken the brilliant step of combining the emotional impact of two tragic American events ... But Levinson does much more. He creates a love story set against the evocative portrait of New York City." -Michael Burstein, Tangent


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Outlander: First Half Season

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:09:14 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 95, in which I review several pivotal episodes of Outlander, one of my favorite new television series, debuting in the Fall of 2014.

 

Links to my written reviews of these episodes -

 

 

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and more time travel in Loose Ends, Hugo-nominated  novella -  "Paul Levinson has taken the brilliant step of combining the emotional impact of two tragic American events ... But Levinson does much more. He creates a love story set against the evocative portrait of New York City." -Michael Burstein, Tangent


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The Sopranos Revisited

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:36:17 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 94, in which I revisit one of the greatest shows ever to have been on television: The Sopranos.  The occasion is the release by HBO of The Sopranos: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and Digital HD on November 4, 2014, containing the complete 86-episode run of the series, as well as bonus feautures including a new documentary, "Defining a Television Landmark," in which I'm interviewed.   To commemorate this release, I've prepared a special episode of this podcast with my reviews of the final nine episodes of the series, recorded minutes after each episode ended, along with three additional pieces with my thoughts in the days after the finale.   These originally appeared on another one of my podcasts, Levinson News Clips, which has been unavailable for the past few years.   Enjoy.   See also my written reviews of the final nine episodes of The Sopranos: First of Nine, Second of Nine, Third of Nine, Fourth of Nine, Fifth of Nine, Sixth of Nine, Seventh of Nine, Eighth of Nine, Ninth of Nine: The Anti-Ending Ending And subsequent thoughts on the ending:  The Sopranos, or the Tiger? ... The Sopranos End and the Closure Junkies ... The Sopranos and Hamlet See also The Sopranos as a Nuts-and-Bolts Triumph of Non-Network TV my 2002 article And my 90-minute interview with Dominic Chianese And see: The Essential Sopranos Reader  (University of Kentucky Press) ... papers and essays from the May 2008 Sopranos Symposium at Fordham University     I was in some good company in Defining a Television Landmark[...]


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The Selfie and Marshall McLuhan

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:19:35 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 93, in which I explore how Marshall McLuhan's "tetrad" or four laws of media, first publicly propounded in the mid-late 1970s, can explain the "selfie" which didn't exist until a few years ago and is so vividly in evidence today.

 

This is the photograph which instigated this train of thought - thanks to Ian Bogost for pushing it out of the station.

 

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You might also enjoy this podcast episode: Marshall McLuhan and the Kindle.  See also Tetrad on Eyeglasses Fliiping into Google Glass and Photography Flips into Snapchat.


more about McLuhan

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Amazon vs. Hachette: I Stand with Amazon

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:43:38 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 92, in which I explain - as an author who is both traditionally and independently published - why I think Amazon has the right of it in its much-criticized dispute with Hachette.   I address some famous authors, such as Nobel-laureate Paul Krugman, and why I see their attacks on Amazon as not only wrong-headed, but serving as part of Hachette's classic appeal-to-authority propaganda.   In sum, Amazon has revolutionized the author's ability to reach potential readers, in as profound a way as the printing press before it. Some of my novels, now independently published on Amazon:   See also - Nobel laureate Krugman cites Asimov's Foundation as Inspiration Marshall McLuhan and the Kindle (a podcast episode) recent interview with me (written) with more about this issue [...]


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The Last Train to Margaretville

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:43:12 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 91, in which I read my short story, "The Last Train to Margaretville," published in John Mierau's shared world science fiction anthology, Walk the Fire 2, published in May 2014.  You can learn more about the anthology by clicking on the title, where you'll also find out more about the Walk the Fire series. And if you enjoy my science fiction, you might like any of these novels  Or, if short fiction is more your cup of tea, you'll find my short story "Extra Credit" in the new cyberpunk anthology, Altered States.[...]


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Marshall McLuhan and the Kindle

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 90, in which I discuss how Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), who never wrote for a Kindle and of course didn't even know about it, nonetheless correctly foresaw its revolutionary impact on authors when he wrote, in Laws of the Media (1977) that the "Xerox makes everyone a publisher".  I also discuss the practical advantages of self-publishing on Kindle rather than via traditional publishers, and how such opening of the gates may ameliorate Thomas Gray's lament (1751) "Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air." You might also enjoy this episode, The Selfie and Marshall McLuhan my science fiction on Kindle and Digital McLuhan and New New Media on Kindle   [...]


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Science Fiction and Music

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 03:30:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 89, which contains Patrick Rands and Carl Thien's recent "spotlight" on my science fiction and music, broadcast a few days ago on Patrick's WZBC Radio show.   Patrick decided to do this segment after hearing Sundial Symphony's new recording of my "Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning)".   He put together a wild, cool set of my music over the years, and began by inviting Carl to talk about my science fiction.   The playlist follows.  More about Sundial Symphony - consisting of Don Frankel (who played keyboard on the 1972 recording of Looking for Sunsets) and Robbie Rist (cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch, the bus driver on Sharknado, and everything in between) - on their Facebook page.     1. Ring Around My Rosie - recorded by Protozoa - song written by David Fox, produced by Paul Levinson, Ed Fox, and Herb Abramson, Buddah Records, 1969   2. Sunshine Mind - recorded by Donna Marie (who sang in the Archies) - song written by Paul Levinson, produced by Jimmy "Wiz" Wisner, released on Columbia, 1968     3. Love Colored Glasses - studio demo recorded by Mikie Harris & Paul Levinson, written by Paul Levinson & Mikie Harris, 1968   4. Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye - recorded by Paul Levinson, with Ed Fox and Peter Rosenthal (Paul singing lead) - written by Paul Levinson & Linda Kaplan, produced by Paul Levinson & Ed Fox, released on Twice Upon A Rhyme LP, HappySad Records, 1972 (musicians on this album also include Don Frankel, Jay Sackett, Alan Fuhr, Boris Midney)   5. Skyscraper - studio demo by Linda Kaplan (later wrote "Toys 'R Us" jingle), written by Paul Levinson & Linda Kaplan, 1968   6. Lime Streets - live performance by Paul Levinson on Patrick Rands’ 2006 WZBC Radio show, written by Paul Levinson, 2006   7. Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning) - Sundial Symphony (Don Frankel & Robbie Rist), written by Paul Levinson & Ed Fox, 1969 (released on Twice Upon A Rhyme LP, HappySad Records, 1972), 2013 (mastered by Steve Katz)   more about my music at Twice Upon a Rhyme my science fiction now on Kindle   You might also enjoy Patrick Rands' 2006 60-minute WZBC Radio show about my music, with interview.    [...]


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Paul Levinson reads from Unburning Alexandria

Sat, 20 Apr 2013 06:44:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 88 of Llght On Light Through, a special video podcast:  I've just finished writing the concluding chapter of Unburning Alexandria - sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates - which will be published on Kindle, iTunes, etc as an ebook by JoSara MeDia in a few days. As a little appetizer, I thought you might enjoy this brief reading I did from Unburning Alexandria at Robin's Books (the famous book store which closed in 2012) in Philadelphia, as part of Oz Fontecchio's Philadelphia Fantastic series. The reading comes from the beginning of the novel, which was published in November 2008 in Analog Magazine as a novelette, and which is in the 2012 ebook of The Plot to Save Socrates. (The ebook of Unburning Alexandria picks up the narrative right after.) Following the reading, I talk to Oz Fontecchio about time travel, and take questions from audience, including one from Gerry Elman. Thanks to Larry Robin, Ray Garman, Oz Fontecchio, Gerry Elman, Trevor Quachri, and Chuck Sterin, who in one way or another helped with this video, and to David Hartwell and Stan Schmidt, who helped with the print publications of The Plot to Save Socrates and Unburning Alexandria. The Plot to Save Socrates on Kindle


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Occupy Wall Street Chronicles, Part 1

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:26:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 87 of Light On Light Through, in which I offer ongoing commentary about Occupy Wall Street, September 27 through November 23, 2011.  The commentary first appeared in 15 blog posts - dates, titles, and links to the text of the blog posts are listed below.  Main themes include Occupy Wall Street as a resurgence of direct democracy, police violation of the First Amendment in their violence against protesters and the press, failure of the Obama administration to protect the rights of Occupy citizens attacked by munipalities, and much more.  This podcast is about 55 minutes in length.  It is intended as both analysis and eyewitness to one of the most important revolutions in human history.  Further chronicles will appear here in subsequent months. Helpful links - Sept 27, 2011 NYC Police Disgrace Themselves in Brutal Treatment of Wall Street Protesters Oct 6, 2011 Advice to President Obama: Join Occupy Wall Street Oct 16, 2011 Occupy Wall Street, Direct Democracy, Social Media: A Thumbnail History of Media and Politics Since Ancient Athens Oct 21, 2011 Obama Should Call in National Guard to Restrain NYPD in Occupy Wall Street Oct 26, 2011 No Expiration Date on First Amendment Oct 29, 2011 Into the Mind of a Conservative Bully Nov 2, 2011 Bank of America Bends to Will of the People Nov 10, 2011 Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown Nov 13, 2011 Lame CBS Broadcasts Only First Hour of Republican Foreign Policy Debate Nov 15, 2011 Mayor Bloomberg's Poor Understanding of the First Amendment Nov 16, 2011 Violation of First Amendment to Cover Up Violation of First Amendment Nov 20, 2011 What OWS Has Shown Us about Bloomberg, Jerry Brown, Obama Nov 20, 2011 Jay Carney (and Obama) Have It All Wrong about Police and OWS Nov 20, 2011 Failure of Budget Super-Committee Shows Further Decay of Representative Democracy Nov 23, 2011 First Amendment Trampling Bloomberg Caves: NYPD Ordered to Let Press Do Its Job My television interviews about OWS ... with Chuck Scarborough on NY Nightly News ... on FOX 5 NY ... my home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            my latest media book:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book -=-=-=-=-=-=-=- [...]


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Voice Mail from Marshall McLuhan, 1978

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:24:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 86 of Light On Light Through, in which I share a recently recovered voicemail from Marshall McLuhan, from August 1978, about my doctoral dissertation, "Human Replay: A Theory of the Evolution of Media," which I had mailed up to him in Canada, a few weeks earlier, before I left with my wife Tina on our summer vacation ...

Helpful links -

  1. my blog post: Levinson re: McLuhan 2011 list of conferences and interviews, 2011

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my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

my latest media book:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book
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Unconstitutional Wars

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 19:30:00 +0000

(image) Welcome to Episode 85 of Light On Light Through, in which I discuss the inadvisability of unconstitutional wars - that is, wars not declared by both houses of Congress, as required by the U.S. Constitution - such as the one we're now waging in Lybia...

Helpful links -

  1. my blog post: On the Road to Another Unconstitutional War?
  2. my blog post: Wrong for NATO Strike to Kill Gaddafi Grandchildren

my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

my latest media book:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book
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Time to Say Goodbye to Nuclear Energy

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:49:00 +0000

 

(image) The title of Episode 84 of Light On Light Through says it all:  the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan shows why it's long since time to take our leave of nuclear power as a mainstream energy source on this planet.

Helpful links -  my blog post: Time to Say Goodbye to Nuclear Energy

my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                                       

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

my latest media book:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

 

 

      
 
 


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China Goes Totalitarian about Time Travel

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:03:00 +0000

(image) The Chinese ban of time travel movies is an unwelcome but timely reminder of the enduring differences between closed and open societies ... this is the subject of Light On Light Through, Episode 83.

Helpful links -

  1. my blog post: China Goes Totalitarian about Time Travel
  2. The New Yorker and China Hush on the subject
  3. list of my books translated into Chinese
  4. my blog post: The Enoyable Trouble with Time Travel
  5. 2002 movie (YouTube): The Chronology Protection Case
  6. transcript and vid of my 2005 lecture: The Flouting of the First Amendment

my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

my latest media book:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book


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Kojo Nnamdi's NPR Interview with Paul Levinson about New New Media

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:21:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 82 - Kojo Nnamdi's complete National Public Radio (NPR) Septemeber 2009 interview with me about New New Media.  This is one of best interviews I've ever been treated to on the subject.  We cover all the usual bases, from Twitter to YouTube, but with historical context and live questions via email, Twitter, and phone.


Helpful links -

  1. What's Newer than New New Media - everything that's happened since Sept 2009
  2. Mark Molaro's video interview with me on The Alcove

my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!

 

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MSNBC Wrong to Suspend Keith Olbermann

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:12:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 81 - 15 minutes of clear, cogent analysis from me about why MSNBC was dead wrong to suspend Keith Olbermann.  Well, I'll leave it to you to judge whether my analysis is clear and cogent, but the long and the short of it is, although I've found fault with Olbermann's over-the-top denunciations of everyone from Hillary Clinton to Bill O'Reilly to Jack Bauer, his suspension from MSNBC is based on the dangerous and foolish myth that news commentators are supposed to be "objective," and not connected in any way to those they may interview.


Helpful links:

  1. my short blog post on this matter: MSNBC Wrong and Self-Destructive to Suspend Keith Olbermann
  2. strong comments and debate on this issue on my Facebook wall
  3. Olbermann, Bauer, Coleridge - I critique Olbermann in this 2007 podcast

 

my home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!

 

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The Chronology Protection Case

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 18:30:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 80, in which you will hear the complete, uncut radio play of "The Chronology Protection Case," recorded before a live audience at the Mark Goodson Theater in the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City in September 2002.    The radio play is based on my novelette, "The Chronology Protection Case," published in Analog Magazine 1995.   The novelette was nominated for the Nebula Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America, was reprinted six times, and led to two other novelettes with the lead character - Dr. Phil D'Amato - and three novels, including The Silk Code, which won the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999.   Jay Kensinger released a short film based on the novelette in 2002. Mark Shanahan wrote the radio play, with Paul Levinson (me) and Jay Kensinger.   The script performed at the Museum of Television and Radio was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Radio Play by the Mystery Writers of America.  Mark later recorded a studio production of the play, which was released by Audible.com.   Links: Jay Kensinger's 2002 movie of The Chronology Protection Case, in its entirety, recut, with extended ending in 2013 Studio production of The Chronology Protection Case radio play, from Audible.com "The Four Phils" - podcast about the creations of this character Phil D'Amato's Wikipedia article review on Martha's Bookshelf: "This is a great audio dramatization that reminded me of radio dramas from the years before television – although the quality is much better. If you enjoy listening to fun stories, this is a quick mystery with an ironically twisted plot."   ~playbill~ The Chronology Protection Case   based on the story by Paul Levinson radio adaption by Mark Shanahan, with Paul Levinson & Jay Kensinger directed by Elysa Martin music performed by Bob Feldman host Joel Farrell sound designer Chip Cristarella   Cast Mark Shanahan as Dr. Phil D'Amato Deborah Thomas as Lauren Goldring and Deborah Ted Deasy as Jack Donovan and Richard Hays Jeff Peters as Ed Monti, Sam Abrahmson, Nurse Johnson, and Officer Gina Daniels as Maisie, Janny Murphy, and Julie Fenwich   A Stage Shadows Production casting by Terry Ashe-Croft   performed at the Mark Goodson Theater at the Museum of Television and Radio, NYC September 27, 2002     more by Paul Levinson  [...]


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Paul Levinson Talks about His Music

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:30:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 79, in which you will hear the complete 65-minute interview Patrick Rands did with me about my music, in June 2006.   I drove up to WZBC Radio studios outside of Boston on a beautiful early summer afternoon for the interview by Partick Rands on his "Test Patterns" radio show on WZBC (Boston College) Radio.  With my 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, re-issued in mini-CD by Big Pink/Beatball Records in December 2008, and to be re-issued in a vinyl re-pressing by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in November 2010, I thought this interview, in which Patrick played 14 of my songs (many rarely heard before) to be especially significant.   A complete playlist and links to the music on the Web follow below ... I had first come to know Patrick after his review of Rhino Handmade's Come to the Sunshine compilation CD in 2005 - the CD has my group The Other Voices (aka The New Outlook) singing "Hung Up On Love," a song I wrote with Mikie Harris, produced by Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow, and released on Atlantic Records in 1968.   Patrick played "Hung Up On Love" and a dozen other recordings that I wrote, sang, produced (or all three) on our show in 2006.  As a special coda, I performed my new song, "Lime Streets," for the very first time at the end of the show.  I had written it just a month before the interview. Patrick was good enough to lend me his daughter's cool little keyboard for my rendition - it was my only instrumentation, so I was practically unplugged.   A complete list of the songs played on the show follows.  Patrick has a nice 'n' easy interview style, and I really had a good time.   Among the secrets revealed for the first time on the show:  how Ed Fox and I wrote "The Lama Will Be Late This Year" (and who, exactly, was 'Hawaiian Herb'?) . . . .the real reason that jazz-man Boris Midney left the Soviet Union  . . . what song got in the way of The Vogues releasing their recording of my song, "Unbelieavable (Inconceivable You)", on Reprise Records? . . . . and how old was Linda Kaplan when she wrote "Skyscraper" with me in the late 1960s? ( well, a lot younger than when she later wrote the famous "Toys 'R Jingle" . . . . "I don't wanna grow up . . . .") And the playlight is as follows:   1. No Olympian Height(s) - recorded by The Other Voices (The New Outlook), Paul Levinson, Stu Nitekman, Ira Margolis (Stu singing lead), song written by Brute Force, produced by Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow, 2nd single released on Atlantic, 1968   2. Hung Up On Love - recorded by The Other Voices (The New Outlook) - Paul Levinson, Stu Nitekman, Ira Margolis (but Mike Rashkow singing lead) - song written by Paul Levinson & Mikie Harris, produced by Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow, B-side of both May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone, and No Olympian Heights, singles released on Atlantic, 1968 (included on Rhino's Come to the Sunshine CD, 2004)   3. Picture Postcard World - recorded by The Definitive Rock Chorale - studio group with Ellie Greenwich, Toni Wine, Ron Dante, etc - song written by Paul Levinson, produced by Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow, released on Decca, 1968   4. Unbelievable (Inconceivable You) - recorded by The Vogues - song written by Paul Levinson, produced by Dick Glasser for Reprise, 1968, but never released   5. Sunshine Mind - recorded by Donna Marie (who sang in the Archies) - song writ[...]


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The Lincoln Penny and the VDB Litho: An Interview with Illustrator Joel Iskowitz

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:33:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 78, in which you will hear a tale - all true - about time, space, the vision of an artist 100 years ago, the vision of another artist now ... a tale of two Presidents, of the power of the penny to bring us the past and make it come alive.   I interview Joel Iskowitz, whose depictions appear on the back of American coins and on UK stamps, on illustrations for NASA and the Boyscouts ... We talk about the capacity of a coin to capture the past and bring it to millions, how Victor David Brenner persuaded Theodore Roosevelt to commission a new Lincoln Penny back at the beginning of the 20th century, and how Joel envisioned this scene and rescued it from the oblivion of the past in a brand new lithograph.   This interview will be of special interest to historians, artists, coin collectors, and all students of communication and technology, and how this affects our psyches and our world...   Links: Joel Iskowitz's web page and Wikipedia page. Meet Joel in person on 13 Aug 2010 at the World's Fair of Money in Boston! Joel's work at Signature Art Medals online. More from Joel online at The Mountain Studio.   Lithograph by Iskowitz depicting Theodore Roosevelt sitting for Victor David Brenner for the Panama Canal Service Medal at Sagamore Hill. Courtesy Signature Art Medals.   thanks to Joel Iskowitz for illustrating the six above covers my home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                             videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!    [...]


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Concerns about Kagan's First Amendment Position

Thu, 13 May 2010 20:17:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 77, in which I discuss concerns that I and other civil libertarians have raised about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's views of the First Amendment, in particular her suggestion that objectional speech - such as hate speech and in pornography - can be restricted by government if it uses laws against physical abuse in hate crimes (which are indeed Constitutional and necessary for the government) to chill or limit the speakers.Links:my Infinite Regress blog piece:  Concern about Kagan's First Amendment positionmy Daily Kos blog piece, with extensive commentary:  Concern about Kagan's First Amendment positionJames Doty's defense of  Kagan in SalonJonathan Turley's critique of Kagan, with link to her article about combating hate speech and pornographyLight On Light Through podcast interview with the Doningers about Sotomayor's decision in their caseMy 2005 Fordham University Keynote Address:  The Flouting of the First AmendmentHuffington Post discussion of Obama's address at Hampton Universitymy 2009 book, New New Mediahome page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!   [...]


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Why the Arizona Immigration Law is Unconstitutional

Sat, 01 May 2010 21:37:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 76, in which I discuss how the new Arizona Immigration  Law, even as amended, violates the 14th Amendment to our Constitution.

Links -
  1. Why the Arizona Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional my Infinite Regress blog post, with extensive commentary
  2. Why the Arizona Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional my Daily Kos blog post, also with extensive commentary
  3. Why the Arizona Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional my Open Salon blog post, also with extensive commentary

home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!

 

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Astronauts Right to Criticize Obama on Space

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 19:13:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 75, in which I explain why Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Eugene Cernan are right to criticize Obama's cutting of the humans to the Moon space programs.   The long and the short of it is we'll never know who were are, never understand what we are doing here in this Universe, from our vantage point here on Planet Earth, and humans on the Moon are a crucial step to getting off this Planet. Links: my recent blog posts on this subject at Infinite Regress, Open Salon, and the Daily Kos, and the spirited discussion in the comments Obama's 2011-2015 budget and mission plans for NASA full text of Armstrong, Lovell, and Cernan letter to Obama MPAndonee's comment in the Huffington Post discussion my 2003 book, RealSpace   home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book FREE audiobook of The Plot to Save Socrates from Audible special trial offer!     [...]


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FlashForward Reviewed: First 10 Episodes

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 19:45:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 74, in which I present my original reviews of the first 10 episodes of FlashForward, from the Fall 2009.    With Flashforward to resume tonight, I thought these reviews - from my Levinson news clips podcast - might be a good way of catching up.

 

Links:

  1. New podcast reviews of new episodes of Flashforward (11 -) at Levinson news clips
  2. Blog post reviews of all Flasforward episodes at InfiniteRegress.tv
  3. My Light On Light Through September 2009 podcast interview with Rob Sawyer
  4. Come see my March 28, 2010 interview with Rob Sawyer at I-Con science fiction con

 

home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE

 

 


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My Prius Is Fine

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:49:00 +0000

  A special Episode 73 of Light On Light Through  -- in which I discuss my current assessment of the Prius I've been driving since September 2006, and which was the subject of Episodes 1 and 32 of this very podcast.   Given the serious problems with accelerator and brake action reported for the Prius and other Toyotas, I though I'd chime in here with at least one data point:  which is, although I did have a little problem with a headlight, my Prius is driving just fine.   Links: Light On Light Through Episode 1: Prius and BlueTooth Light On Light Through Episode 32:  My Sweet Prius, Part 2   Like science fiction? Jump into my short story, The Other Car, in which a Prius is a bridge to an alternate reality       home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                                         videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE        [...]


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Memo to ABC-TV and Cablevision: Stop Extorting Your Viewers

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 06:46:00 +0000

A special Episode 72 of Light On Light Through  -- recorded an hour after ABC-TV pulled its station off Cablevision in the New York area.

 

Link to blog post:  Memo to Cablevision and ABC TV

 

home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE


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New New Media and Religion

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 71: New New Media and Religion, in which I briefly discuss how blogging, Twitter, and "new new media" - which enable consumers of information to become producers - enable more human beings to consider and communicate about what it is that makes us human, what we're doing here in this universe, in other words, the essence of religion.

Links:

  1. Free Twitter chapter from New New Media
  2. more about New New Media
  3. also Realspace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age
  4. The New Landscape of Religion Blogosphere  with 9 commentators, including me.

 

home page: http://paullevinson.info

more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv

more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

                                                                          

published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit"-- in Curled Up With A Good Book

Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE


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A January 2010 TV Review Sampler

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 23:35:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 70:  A January 2010 TV Review Sampler.  I've been speaking and writing for several years - here on Light On Light Through, in my classes, on my blogs, in newspaper op-eds, and in my books - about the "new golden age of television" we are enjoying.   Indeed, I've been reviewing many of these great dramas - The Sopranos, Lost, Dexter - over on one of my other podcasts, Levinson News Clips.   These reviews are usually just 5-7 minutes, and I often post them within minutes of a show's broadcast.   This month of January 2010 has been an especially excellent month for television, so I decided to put together this special Light On Light Through sampler of my Levinson News Clips TV reviews of 24, Big Love, Bones, Damages, Fringe, Heroes, and House - all of which have come back on television with fine new episodes.   You'll find continuing reviews of every episode of these and other television shows on Levinson News Clips. Links: continuing podcast reviews of television on Levinson News Clips. continuing blog post reviews of television on InfiniteRegress.tv two of my book about television:  The Soft Edge & New New Media  my July 2006 Newsday article, The New Golden Age of Television   home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE   [...]


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Leno, Conan, and New New Media

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:32:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 69:  Leno, Conan, and New New Media .... in which I replay for you the entire 48-minute interview Fred W. Hofmann conducted with me on KCPS Radio, January 19, 2010, about the shake-up with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien at NBC.  My thesis is that this has little to do with the talents of either late-night comedian, but rather is a result of the shift in audiences from network television to cable and the Internet.   I began to explore this shift in my 2009 book, New New Media, and I see the Leno-O'Brien events as just the latest rumblings in a television revolution which has just begun... Links: more about New New Media Twitter chapter from New New Media - free! Fred W. Hofmann on KCPS Radio   home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE  [...]


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Weep Not for Newspapers

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:25:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 68:  Weep Not for Newspapers .... in which I explain why the decline of paper newspapers may be the best thing that ever happened to journalism and its goal of keeping citizens in a democracy well informed.   This is the latest installment in my continuing series, What's Newer than New New Media, which until now has consisted only of written blogs.Links: more about New New Media Twitter chapter from New New Media - free! my brief essay on this issue in The Chronicle of Higher Education home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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How Does It Feel To Have A Book Published?

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 04:21:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 67:  How Does It Feel To Have A Book Published? .... in which I chronicle the publication of my latest nonfiction book, New New Media, on September 3, 2009, with descriptions of events and expectations in August 2009, through the day of publication, and continuing with adventures in September and October 2009.   Highlights include mentions of the book in The New York Times and other newspapers prior to publication, interviews on radio shows, the book tour, the use of a blog in promoting the book, the first book review, the Kindle edition, and much more.   These reflections of an author - me, about New New Media - were first detailed in a series of eight short (5-minute) episodes in my Ask Lev podcast, where these writerly accounts will continue.Links: more about New New Media Twitter chapter from New New Media - free! my other books Ask Lev podcast - practical advice for writers my Four Rules for Writers home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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Rob Sawyer Talks About FlashForward!

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:48:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 66:  Robert J. Sawyer Talks About FlashForward .... With less than a week to go until the premiere of FlashForward on ABC Television on September 24, 2009, 8 pm Eastern time - based on Rob Sawyer's novel of the very same name - I was delighted to catch Rob on the phone in Toronto for this sage, penetrating interview in which Rob reveals what it feels like to be on the verge of having his novel seen on screens around the world in this ABC series.  Rob takes us through the steps of moving from novel to screen, his admiration for the stellar cast, his clear vision of possible future paths for his FlashForward novel universe, at a time when everyone will be coming to know the slightly different story in the television series, and much more.  Whether you're a writer with dreams of seeing of your words on the screen, or a fan of great science fiction is this new golden age of television, this is the interview you'll always remember.Links: more about Rob's novel, FlashForward shortly after 9/24/09 9pm: my blog reviews begin of the TV series shortly after 9/24/09 9:30 pm: my podcast reviews begin my June 24, 2007 conversation with Rob Sawyer Oceanic Airlines as a Portal Between FlashForward and Lost   home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_levinson                                                            videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            published on 3 September 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE   [...]


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An Introduction to New New Media

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 22:16:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 65:  An Introduction to New New Media ... with the publication of my latest book, New New Media, just weeks away (Penguin Academics will be publishing the book on 4 September 2009),  I thought I would share with you the interview Dr. Howard Gluss did with me on his KFNX Radio show on June 12, 2009.  It provides a 20-minute introduction to the way that Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and what I call "new new media" are changing all of us from consumers into producers, and in the process revolutionizing all aspects of our lives, from the way we watch television to the way we elect Presidents...Links: more about New New Media more about Dr. Howard Gluss radio show I'm interviewed about New New Media on Kojo Nnamdi show home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_levinson                       more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                   videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            coming in Summer 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate ... heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell ... there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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Moon 40

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 01:53:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 64:  Moon 40 ... in which I reflect on watching our species land on the Moon 40 years ago, regret that we have not gone much further, and offer some reasons why we must.  They are more than scientific and economic, though outer space will give us much data and access to vast resources of energy.  But the deepest reasons are closer to spiritual - we will never understand who we really are, what we are doing here in this cosmos, from down on here on Planet Earth.  The universe beyond is, after all, part of our larger home...Links: my blog post: Forty Years from the Moon, and Still Counting my book: Realspace home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://open.salon.com/blog/paul_levinson                       more podcasts: http://Levinsonnewsclips.com                                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            coming in Summer 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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Sotomayor vs. First Amendment: An Interview with Avery and Lauren Doninger

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 63:  Sonia Sotomayor vs. the First Amendment: An Interview with Avery and Lauren Doninger.  The First Amendment has almost never been under greater fire.   Broadcasters are being fined record amounts and the FCC and Congress are calling out for more.   Students are being taught the wrong lessons about freedom of expression in some of our schools, and courts are supporting these schools.  One of those cases - involving a 16-year old high school student, Avery Doninger - made its way to the Second Circuit Appeals Court, where Sonia Sotomayor and two colleague justices supported the school.   Judge Sotomayor now seems likely to be confirmed by the US Senate to serve a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court. In this special episode of Light On Light Through, I interview Avery Doninger and her mother, Lauren Doninger.  You can hear in their own voices what was at stake in Avery's case - what the case was all about - and their reaction to the adverse decision of the Sotomayor court.   The case may well reach the U.S. Supreme Court... Helpful links and contacts: my blog posts: Sotomayor's Anti-First Amendment Decision and Why One Strike Against 1st Amendment Should Rule You Out Andy Thibault blog and Aldon Hynes blog about Doninger case Avery Doninger's Scales of Justice paper Lauren Doninger's email:  LaurenDoninger@comcast.net Iolta Fund for Avery Doninger, c/o John Schoenhorn, 108 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106 First Amendment documentary on HBO June 2009; my review my 2005 Keynote Address at Fordham University:  "The Flouting of the First Amendment,"  transcript and video   home page: http://paullevinson.info more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                                                                videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            coming in Summer 2009:  New New Media my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates "challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly "Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE   [...]


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Star Trek: Reborn, Reset, Resplendent

Sat, 09 May 2009 02:06:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 62:  Star Trek: Reborn, Reset, Resplendent ... in which I explain how the new May 2009 Star Trek movie succeeded in delighting lifelong fans (including me) as well as reinventing the Star Trek universe from the beginning (which I also immensely enjoyed) ... hint: think time-travel ...Helpful links: complete blog post: Star Trek: Reborn, Reset, Resplendent historical context: How Star Trek Liberated Television blogs about time travel check out Night Guy - our latest promo-suite podcast partner Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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Author and Critic: Perilous Symbiosis

Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:47:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 61:  Author and Critic: Perilous Symbiosis ... in which I examine the love/hate mutually catalytic relationship of authors (or creators) and critics.   I look especially at the dangers and benefits to aspiring authors of writing critical reviews of works by other authors...

Helpful links:

  1. My Advice to Writers - including my Ask Lev podcast
  2. List of my books - for you to read and criticize

Enjoy...

home page: http://paullevinson.info
more blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                         

videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006
                                                                          

my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates
"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly
"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book



Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE



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Asimov's Foundation and Herbert's Dune Trilogies as Sources of Philosophy

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 22:46:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 60:  Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogies as Sources of Philosophy ... in which I discuss how the fate of Hari Seldon's "psychohistorical" equations in the Foundation trilogy and Paul Muad'dib's ability to see the future in the Dune novels gives us vivid, compelling answers to the perennial philosophic problem of what can we know of the future ... (Plot points mentioned only for the first two books in each trilogy.)  Helpful links: Invigoration of a Philosophic Issue in Science Fiction -my essay Asimov's Foundation trilogy and Herbert's Dune trilogy A postcard from Isaac Asimov to me from 1979 about Foundation Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infoanother blog: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                           videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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The Future of Media

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:48:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 59:  The Future of Media ... In the Fall of 2007, I sat down for an interview by Mark Molaro, for his popular Internet TV show, The Alcove.   His guests have included Arianna Huffington, Carl Bernstein, Campbell Brown, and other notables.  Mark and I talked for 20 minutes about the future of media, the impact of new media on everything from politics to television shows such as Mad Men, to my view that "information overload" is really "information underload," or lack of vital navigational information.   This interview was the first time I publicly started talking about New New Media, the subject of my forthcoming book (to be published by Pearson, Allyn & Bacon in the Summer 2009).  You can see the interview on television via the link or YouTube screen below.  Or, if more convenient, or you'd like to listen while running, walking, or driving, you an listen to the major excerpt presented in this podcast...Helpful links: Mark Molaro's interview with me on The Alcove - full video The complete Alcove series of interviews More details on New New Media   The Soft Edge ... Digital McLuhan ... Cellphone ... books mentioned in the interview Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE The Alcove interview on YouTube[...]


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Conversation with Greenburgh NY Town Supervisor Paul Feiner about Blogging, Obama, and Caroline Kennedy

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 23:00:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 58:  A Conversation with Paul J. Feiner, Town Supervisor of Greenburgh, NY, about Blogging, Obama, and Caroline Kennedy.  Paul Feiner has been Town Supervisor - a two-year elected office - since 1991.  He has a weekly radio show, The Greenburgh Report, on WVOX Radio in New Rochelle, NY.  He also maintains a blog, and has trail blazed new media in our Westchester County town, including the introduction of competition in cable television providers.  I was a guest on his radio show on January 9, 2009, and this episode of Light On Light Through is excerpted from our conversation.  We talk about Paul Feiner's blog, Facebook, Twitter, the role of new media in Barack Obama's administration, and why Governor David Paterson should appoint Caroline Kennedy to the Senate...Helpful links: Paul Feiner's blog Paul Feiner's Wikipedia article I'm interviewed by Mark Molaro about New Media on The Alcove My New New Media book, to be published in Summer 2009 by Pearson, Allyn & Bacon Righting the Cosmos: Why Caroline Should Be Appointed my blog post Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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I'm A Progressive Libertarian

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:24:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 57:  I'm A Progressive Libertarian ... in which I explain how one can insist that the government respect the Bill of Rights, and stay out of our business whenever possible, but also act to promote our welfare by supporting rights of women, gays, and minorities, and spend money to reduce poverty, provide health care, and explore space.  I'm in favor of no income tax for anyone earning under a million dollars a year, and raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires.  Regarding governmental intervention to help with the current economic crisis, I see that intervention as an antibiotic.  In general, we want our bodies to fight off infection on their own.  But if our lungs are filling with fluid from bacterial pneumonia, we better get some antibiotic intervention as soon as possible.Plus flashes ... Contrary to critics such as Heather Havrilesky in Salon, I see the new golden age of television roaring back in 2009, with Lost, 24, Damages, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Life on Mars, Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The L Word, Bones, The Unit, and more all coming back with continued or new seasons...Helpful links: I'm A Progressive Libertarian - my August 2008 blog on this matter, with 27 spirited comments and discussion The New Golden Age of Television Roars Back - my detailed blog post response to the Havrilesky Salon article Levinson news clips - weekly reviews of all the above television series, past, present, and future episodes Infinite Regress - blog post reviews of all the above television series, past, present, and future episodes Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE [...]


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24 Season 6 Plus Redemption

Fri, 26 Dec 2008 23:36:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 56:  24 Season 6 Plus Redemption...a special, super-jumbo compilation episode, in which you'll hear my reviews of every episode of 24 Season 6  ... including my impersonation of Secretary Heller, somewhere in the middle of the reviews ... originally presented on my Levinson news clips podcast a few minutes after each broadcast of 24 back in 2007 ... plus a brand new review of Redemption, the two-hour 24 movie broadcast on Fox in November 2008.  A great way to rev up for the return of 24, Season 7, on January 11, 2009.  Hey, if you're a student, and you want to surreptitiously listen to this podcast in the back of a boring class, I won't tell anyone...  Helpful links: 5-min podcast review of just Redemption - look in right column Levinson news clips - the original podcasts (scroll down); also - watch there for weekly podcast reviews of 24 Season 7, starting January 11, 2009 Infinite Regress - blog post reviews of all episodes of 24 Season 6, plus Redemption, and look there for reviews of each new episode of 24, Season 7, within 24 minutes after the end of each episode ...  Reviews of 24, Season 7 - Hrs 1, 2 ... Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE The Plot to Save Socrates [...]


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Cyberbullying and a Remedy: The Music of the Truth on Earth Band, and an Interview

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 09:03:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 55, a very special episode about cyberbullying and a remedy - the music of the Truth on Earth band.   It's been in the news, especially recently - the 13-year old girl who took her life after being set up on MySpace by a 49-year woman, who pretended to be a boy in love with the girl and broke her heart.  The Truth on Earth band, consisting of three teenagers - Serena, Kiley, and Tess - decided to do something about this problem of people assuming false identities on social media and hurting other people.  The band wrote and recorded a song - "Shot With a Bulletless Gun".  It's receiving a lot of attention.  And with good reason - an example of the best of the Internet -  providing an MP3 remedy of lyrics and music for one of its own, worst ills.   You'll hear the song, and more music from the talented band in this podcast.  And also a 20-minute interview with Serena, Kiley, and Tess.  This is a song, a band, and an interview anyone who spends any time on the Internet should listen to... Helpful links: Truth on Earth - Shot with a Bulletless Gun website - with lyrics and lots of helpful information about cyberbullying and links Cyberbullying Mom Got Just What She Deserved - my November 26, 2008 blog post about Lori Drew (the 49-year old woman) and Megan Meier (the 13-year old girl), and why I think the jury was right to find Lori Drew guilty home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE The Plot to Save Socrates[...]


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Lost 4 and 13

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 22:05:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 54 LOST 4 and 13 ...another special, jumbo compilation episode, in which you'll hear all of my reviews of the second part of Season 4 of Lost ... originally presented on my Levinson news clips podcast a few minutes or hours after each Thursday's broadcast of Lost ... reviews of the final five episodes of Season 4:  9-13.... These five episodes, in my opinion, were among the best ever on Lost ...Helpful links: Levinson news clips - the original podcasts Lost 4 and 8 - Light On Light Through Episode 53, with reviews of Lost Season 4, Episodes 1-8 Infinite Regress - blog post reviews of all episodes of the Lost this season (and many from last season) ... the first review from Season Four is here - Lost's Back Full Paradoxical Blast - and contains links to all the others Lost: Keys to What's Really Going On - my 2006 essay, continually updated... Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE The Plot to Save Socrates[...]


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Lost 4 and 8

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 22:00:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 53 LOST 4 and 8 ...a special, jumbo compilation episode, in which you'll hear all of my reviews of the first part of Season 4 of Lost ... originally presented on my Levinson news clips podcast on the Friday after each Thursday's broadcast of Lost ... 9 reviews of the first 8 episodes (because I did two reviews of the first episode, I liked it so much), plus some special new commentary, presented here for the first time, with some additional thoughts I had about Episode 8, and the coming attractions at the end ... These eight episodes have been classic ... containing one of the best time travel stories ever on television, as well as some possible answers to the key mysteries of Lost ...Helpful links: Levinson news clips - the original podcasts, plus you'll find new, continuing podcast reviews of Lost there starting up again at the end of April Lost 4 and 13 - Light On Light Through Episode 54, with reviews of Lost Season 4, Episodes 9-13 Infinite Regress - blog post reviews of all episodes of the Lost this season (and many from last season) ... the first review from Season Four is here - Lost's Back Full Paradoxical Blast - and contains links to all the others Lost: Keys to What's Really Going On - my 2006 essay, continually updated... Enjoy... home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book more about The Plot to Save Socrates... Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE! The Plot to Save Socrates [...]


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Science Fiction in the New Golden Age of Television

Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:09:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 52 of Light On Light Through ... "Science Fiction in the New Golden Age of Television" ... It started in the mid-late 1990s with HBO's original series, especially "The Sopranos" in 1999.  This revolution in television - frank, gritty, real, intellectually sophisticated - soon spread to other cable and old-fashioned network television.   In the past few years, science fiction has taken a leading role.   In this podcast - based on a lecture I gave to the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society on 25 January 2008 (at the invitation of Lee Stein and Suzanne Rosin) - I look at the contributions of five science fiction series to this new golden age of television ... Lost, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Journeyman, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes...Plus flashes ... mostly about the continuing Obama revolution, and a little about John "Palpatine" McCain...Helpful links: my blog reviews of Lost, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Journeyman, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes... just about every episode ... all at http://InfiniteRegress.tv my infamous Only Idiots Don't Watch Television ... first published under the more innocuous title of "TV's New Golden Age" in Newsday in July 2006 my political commentary on Barack Obama and the Presidential campaigns ... also at http://InfiniteRegress.tv listen for a special audio clip of David S. Michaels - author of Red Moon my interview by Aaron Busch on the Primetime and Online webcast home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book more about The Plot to Save Socrates... Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE! The Plot to Save Socrates[...]


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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Sun, 10 Feb 2008 05:28:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through Episode 51, "Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton," in which I examine the strengths and differences of these two extraordinary candidates ... Obama may be the greatest orator of our time ... his election as the first African-American President would make history, as would Hillary Clinton's as the first woman in the White House President ... how do Obama and Clinton compare to the Republican candidates ... plus ... a critique of MSNBC's shoddy treatment of Hillary Clinton...Helpful blog links ... Obama Sweeps Three Primaries, Gives Magnificent Speech ... MSNBC Needs to Stop Sniping at Hillary ... I'm Voting for Barack Obama in New York Today home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book more about The Plot to Save Socrates... Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE! The Plot to Save Socrates [...]


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Interview with Analog Editor Stan Schmidt!

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 00:35:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through Episode 50 - my interview with Dr. Stanley Schmidt, long-time editor of Analog Magazine of Science Fiction and Fact, the leading science fiction magazine in the universe, as far as we know ... Stan talks candidly about what he looks for in a story submitted for publication ... how quickly he knows that a story works ... what he sees in the futures of science fiction, Analog, and his own work in the field ... Analog published 10 of my stories in the 1990s, and helped establish me as a science fiction writer.   This interview was not only a real pleasure for me to conduct, but I suspect will be a source for years to come of invaluable information and insight for anyone who aspires to being a published short-fiction science fiction writer ... Plus flashes ... The Plot to Save Journeyman - that is, three chances to win free copies of The Plot to Save Socrates, just by watching the next episodes of NBC's Journeyman!   (Note added in 2008: The contest ended in 2007.) Here's a list of all my science ficiton stories (and two fact articles) published in Analog to date (updated November 2011):  "Ian, Isaac, and John" (novelette) November 2011 ...  "Ian's Ions and Eons" (novelette) April 2011 ... "Unburning Alexandria" (novelette) November 2008 ...  "The Man Who Brought Down The New York Times" (short short)  December 2000 ... "The Suspended Fourth" (short story) March 2000 ... "Late Lessons," (cover story, novelette) October 1999 ... "Little Differences" (novelette) June 1998 ... "The Book on the Book" (fact) June 1998 ... "The Orchard" (novelette)  February 1998 ...  "Advantage, Bellarmine," January 1998 ... "Loose Ends" (novella)  May 1997... "Learning Unbound: OnLine Education and the Mind's Academy" (fact) March 1997 ... "The Mendelian Lamp Case" (novelette) April 1997 ... "The Copyright Notice Case" (novelette) April 1996 ...  "The Chronology Protection Case" (novelette) September 1995 ... "The Way of Flesh" (short short) February 1995Helpful links: http://analogsf.com - everything you need to know about Analog The Coming Convergence - Stan's new nonfiction book more advice about how to get your stories published home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv                         videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006links to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc:  http://about.me/paulevinson                                                                           thoughts, questions, or comme[...]


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Conversation with Ken Hudson/Kenny Hubble: Second Life!

Sun, 18 Nov 2007 05:33:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 49 of Light On Light Through in which I converse with digital artist Ken Hudson aka Kenny Hubble of and about Second Life.  At ten million accounts and growing, the vibrant virtual community of Second Life is becoming a way of life for many.  Ken interviewed me in his Media Ecology Second Life series a few weeks ago, and I'm still enjoying it.  Ken and I talk about life in Second Life - how to do it, how to live it, and its relationship to real or "first" life in everything ranging from art and music to (of course) sex.  Whether you're an old hand at Second Life, a newbie, or just want to learn more about this fascinating place, you won't want to miss this special 40-minute interview (and, actually, there is no way that you can, because it will always be available here - and likely somewhere in Second Life, too).Plus - my avatar reads from The Plot to Save Socrates in Second Life  in December 2007 - enjoy the videoclip...."Athens, 2042... Sierra Waters had always done everything for the thrill..."Helpful links: Ken Hubble interviews me in Second Life, 5 November 2007 - enjoy a video of the animated 60-minute interview Ken Hudson site Kenny Hubble site Second Life For more of my work on the relationship real life to cyberlife, see my Realspace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Agehome page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my latest novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book more about The Plot to Save Socrates... Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE! [...]


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Another Network Undercuts the Results of its Own Post-Debate Presidential Poll - This Time, MSNBC about Barack Obama

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 05:54:00 +0000


The networks continue to denigrate the results of their own post-debate polls-

Last night, Chris Matthews mentioned on MSNBC's Hardball that Barack Obama won the poll that MSNBC conducted after the Democratic Presidential debate on Tuesday-

To which Chuck Todd, MSNBC's "official" pollster replied - that poll was done with cell phones, via which Obama's supporters could keep pounding the call keys...

To which Matthews responded - like in the 1936 Literary Digest poll...

To which I would respond:

No, Chris, not like that 1936 poll at all, which was supposed to be a poll of a randomly selected part of the voting population, but was skewed or biased because it was conducted from lists of automobile owners and people who had telephones in their homes, and only very rich people had those luxuries in those days, so the Literary Digest poll wrongly showed the Democrat FDR losing...

Which has nothing in common with MSNBC's post-election poll - except that it, too, was conducted by phone. But it was never designed as a randomly conducted poll.

What Chris should have said to Chuck Todd was:  wrong, callers can't cast votes more than once on the same phone...  Or, if by some bizarre chance they could, then simply install a program on your vote-reception software which would make it impossible for anyone to cast a vote more than once on the same cell phone.

Very easy, really - and certainly preferable to encouraging viewers to vote in your poll, and the undercutting the results.

Well, at least Ron Paul now has company - now Obama's supporters, like Ron Paul's, are discounted because they participate in a poll that a network conducts, and then expresses no confidence in because they don't like the results.

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My 50-minute lecture about network after-debate polls and the media's misreporting of Ron Paul, delivered to my class at Fordham University



Interview with Rich Sommer - Mad Men's Harry Crane!

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 06:02:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through Episode 48, an Interview with Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane on AMC's Mad Men.  Among the highlights - the "joys" of wearing real 1960s clothing ... what are they really smoking on the show? ... what does Rich think happened with Harry between episodes 12 and 13 of the show? ... how does Rich explain Harry's uncanny resemblance to Isaac Asimov (see photos below) ... how does Rich account for the rare anachronism on the show ... and much more in this exclusive interview, conducted just two days ago ...  We had a grand time in this interview! If you love the show, you'll want to listen to every minute of this ... If you don't know the show, you'll want to watch every minute of it after listening to this interview...Isaac Asimov (1965) and Harry Crane aka Rich Sommer (1960)Plus flashes ...  David Wiltse's Sedition at Fordham University Monday night, 7:30pm, Pope Auditorium, 60th Street & Columbus, free admission  ... I'll be on the radio Tues, 7:30 pm, on Bob Mann's Let's Consider the Source, channel xm133 on XM Radio...Helpful links: Tony Reid's 9/24/07 interview w/Rich Sommer on TV Blend My weekly blog reviews of Mad Men at InfiniteRegress.tv For more on the origins of "the medium is the message," see the chapter in Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                           my best-known novel: The Plot to Save Socrates"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News and Brian Charles Clarke says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate . . . heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell . . . there's a bite to Levinson's wit" -- in Curled Up With A Good Book Read the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates .... FREE!  [...]


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Colmes Mends Ways About Misreporting Ron Paul; Hannity Recalcitrant

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 08:44:00 +0000

 
The universe is finally behaving as it should be. You may recall that after the last Republican Presidential debate on Fox, Hannity & Colmes - who disagree about just about everything - were united in their certainty that Ron Paul's first place finish in Fox's after-debate phone-in text poll was some kind of fix - multiple dialing by the same people, to be exact, even though Fox had wisely made that option not possible.

Hannity was up to his same tricks tonight - braying that Ron Paul's first place finish was "stacked". Whereas Colmes, to his credit, calmly said he was reporting the results. As was the case last time, Hannity didn't bother to offer any evidence.

You can see this all in this YouTube clip. Also sweet is the way Hannity has the gall to complain to Ron Paul that Hannity gets booed by Ron Paul supporters when Hannity gives speeches.

Booed? Hannity should count his lucky stars that he continues to have a microphone. I certainly would never hire anyone with such a poor standard of truth and evidence to teach courses in a department in which I was Chair.

 




First Year Anniversary Party!

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 01:43:00 +0000

Welcome to a very special Episode - #47 - of Light On Light Through ... our first year anniversary party!  Lots of surprises, special guests (see guest list, below), a contest in which you can win a copy of my novel, The Plot to Save Socrates ... never-before-revealed facts such as how I came up with the name Light On Light Through - what it means - and much more...Plus flashes ...  Mad Men concludes a brilliant first year on AMC ... and maybe a tachyon telephone on NBC's Journeyman ...Making rare guest appearances on this special anniversary podcast: James Harris ... singing Looking for Sunsets Shaun Farrell ... from Adventures in SciFi Publishing Jason Rennie ... from the Sci Phi Show Jake Cordova ... from Just Not Right Dave Worley ... blog, soundcast, more Norman the Movie Guy ... from That Movie Critic Show Scott Sandridge ... from Everyday Fiction Michael Burstein ... award-winning short fiction Diana Liwen ... from Fire of Spring Mike James ... from MikeThinks Gabriel Llanas ... from the Punk Horror Podcast Nathan Rivera ... from Podcast Pendulum and Tina ... from our home!  :) ->And listen for debut play of promo for Diane Kreinbring's RonPaulFanCast podcast at end....For more on the origins of Light On Light Through, see the chapter in Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millenniumhome page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006 videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            The Plot to Save Socrates - my latest novel"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News [...]


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Question on My Midterm Exam About Ron Paul and Mass Media Mistreatment

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 22:37:00 +0000

As you know, I devoted 50-minutes of my Intro to Communication and Media Studies class last month at Fordham University to a lecture about the mass media's mistreatment of Ron Paul. Although Ron Paul is now getting much more media attention, the mistreatment continues - as evidenced, to give just one example, of CNBC's taking down of a post-debate poll which Ron Paul won - and this means that people who value our democratic system need to continue to keep a wary eye on our media, and call them out when necessary.

You can see the video of my lecture here.

I thought you also might be interested in a question I gave my Intro to Comm and Media Studies class today, as part of their midterm exam:

1. Consider Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign the Source of communication. Using the Shannon-Weaver model, explain all the steps that the campaign must go through, in order to reach its Destination, the American people. Make sure you address each step in the process, as well as what can (and did) go wrong in the process, and possible remedies for addressing this. (Option: If you like to do this analysis for another Presidential candidate, that would be acceptable, but make sure you have specific examples to present.)


The exam was open book, and the students had a choice of questions. I don't know yet how many chose to answer this one.

The crux of the correct answer was that the media misreporting of Ron Paul constitutes noise in the Channel, and the best way of remedying that is providing feedback - meaning, let the media and the world know that such misreporting is unacceptable.

I'll keep you posted on how my students do on this question (without, of course, revealing any names.)



Help Me Celebrate First Anniversary of Light On Light Through

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 07:22:00 +0000




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To my friends out there across the universe ... Light On Light Through, this more or less weekly podcast on pop culture, politics, outer space, good food, shoes, the works, will be one year old on October 21.

I'll be putting out a special edition on that day. Help me celebrate - and promote whatever you're doing - by sending me a 10-second mp3 of congratulations. Feel free to mention & promote whatever is important to you. Mention how you know me (we're Twitter friends, whatever).

Send the mp3 to Paul@LightonLightThrough.com

You can put in music, just talk, whatever you like.

More details in my two recent episodes of Light On Light Through - A Modest Proposal and Celebrating Sputnik...




Modest Political Proposal via Podcast: How About Working for the Best Candidates in =Both= Parties

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 07:24:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 46 of Light On Light Through, in which I offer a modest proposal for greatly improving our political process:  why not work for the best candidates in each of the two parties, so as to give Americans the best possible choice in the general election.  I go over my choices - just Ron Paul for the Republican nomination - Gore, Obama, Edwards, Kucinich, Gravel for the Democratic nomination (a lot more to choose from there) - and give my reasons why.Plus flashes ... Judy Woodruff reclaims the fine art of the civilized, informative interview in her PBS NewsHour interview with Ron Paul ... Michael Clayton is a fine, originally directed movie ... still time to send me your mp3 greetings for the next episode of Light On Light Through - our first anniversary show...Helpful links: Modest Political Proposal my blog post Judy Woodruff interview with Ron Paul my blog post analysis The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates   (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006 videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            The Plot to Save Socrates - my latest novel"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News[...]


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Howard Stern on Sirius Radio

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:34:00 +0000


One of the most serious issues of our time - pardon the pun - is the FCC's unconstitutional crackdown on broadcasting for allegedly "indecent" programming.  The heavy fines levied by the FCC made it impossible for Howard Stern to continue on traditional radio.   He had to watch everything he said.

Fortunately, Sirius Satellite Radio provided a great alternative, which has proven to be even better than the original.  Howard Stern has finally found his element on Sirius Radio - a free environment, in which his mind can work and express itself at full, incisive, hilarious speed.

Sirius also gives you exclusive coverage of the NFL, NBA, and NASCAR, more than 130 channels of programming, 69 music channels with no commercials, and Martha Stewart.

You do need a special radio to hear Sirius, and the Sirius Stiletto 10 Satellite Radio is one of many cool models available.  The Stiletto doesn't need to be docked in your car or at home - you can take it anywhere - and it gives you live portable reception of Sirius Radio shows, stores up to 10 hours of Sirius Satellite programming, and has lots of other useful features.

It's not just satellite radio - it's out of this world.

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McLuhan as Micro Blogger

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:29:00 +0000



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Marshall McLuhan died on the last day of 1980 - not only years before there was micro-blogging and blogging, but a few years before e-mail and commenting on Web pages.

In 1986, I wrote a piece for the IEEE Transactions of Professional Communications entitled Marshall  McLuhan and Computer Conferencing, in which I said that the pithy, aphoristic bursts which characterized his writing - his great works from the 1960s consisted of chapters often not more than a page or two in length - were actually a form of web writing ("computer conferencing") decades before the Web and online communication emerged.

Just the other day, I realized something more about McLuhan's writing. The memorable titles he gave to his short chapters - for example, "The Medium is the Message" in Understanding Media (1964) or "Nobody ever made a grammatical error in a non-literate society" in the Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) (which has 107 of these gems) - were actually micro-blogs.

Blogging in his page-or-two chapters, micro-blogging in the titles or "glosses" (his term) he gave them. All of this back in 1962 and 1964.

McLuhan was in touch with a mode of expression, a vehicle of the human intellect, which was clear and percolating in his mind, even though the technology of its delivery was still decades away from invention.




Modest Proposal: Why Not Support the Best Candidates in Each of the Two Parties?

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:08:00 +0000

I wrote the following on another blog back in March.   In view of the growing number of Ron Paul supporters - people who believe we should take the Constitution and its restrictions on government seriously - and Al Gore's winning the Nobe Prize yesterday,  my modest proposal that we should work to support the best candidates in each of the two major parties seems more viable and relevant than ever...The approach most people take to Presidential elections is, pick a candidate - if you can - one candidate, and support him or her to the hilt. If your candidate fails before getting the nomination, you may or may not switch to another, and go through the same process.If your chosen candidate is a Democrat, you likely will have little real interest in the Republicans, except to hope that they choose the weakest person to run for office. And vice versa - if your favorite candidate is a Republican, all you likely will care about regarding the Democrats is what they can do, presumably unintentionally, to help your Republican candidate win.But does this approach get the best out of our democracy?I'm trying something a little different this time around. I am going to try to pick my favorites in both the Democratic and the Republican fields, and do whatever little I can to help them get nominated. If I'm lucky enough to see both nominated, I'll then decide whom to vote for in the general election.So far, here are my favorites, and why:Democratic Party:Al Gore: pluses: his election would correct the deep injustice of the 2000 election, he was anti-Iraq-war from the beginning, he is genuinely interested in science to improve our human condition; minuses: I'm concerned that he may be in favor of Congress's crackdown on "indecency," given his wife Tipper's history on this issueBarack Obama: pluses: he was anti-Iraq-war from the beginning, he would bring a Kennedy-esque youthful vitality to the White House, it would be healthy for America to have an African-American President; minuses: not enough experience, and untested on many issues*John Edwards: see below for note added on April 21, in which I've including Edwards in my Democratic favoritesRepublican Party:Ron Paul: pluses: he was anti-Iraq-war from the beginning (and, better than Gore and Obama, was in office at th[...]



Open Letter to CNBC Managing Editor: Apologize to American People about Your Taking Down of Ron Paul Poll, or Resign

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:55:00 +0000

To: Allen WastlerManaging Editor, CNBC.com From: Paul Levinson, PhDProfessor & Chair, Department of Communication and Media StudiesFordham University, NYCre: your An Open Letter to the Ron Paul Faithful of October 11, in which you explain why you took down your poll, conducted after the Michigan Republican Presidential debate, and featured on your web site1. You invite comments and response to your Open Letter, and provide an e-mail address. Since your action is, in my view, a matter of great public concern, I am not only e-mailing this response to you, but publishing it in my InfiniteRegress.tv blog and here on LightonLightThrough.2. I am not one of the "Ron Paul Faithful". Although I greatly admire many of his positions, especially his support of our Constitution, I have not yet endorsed any candidate, and am indeed on record as urging Americans to support the best candidate in each of our two main parties, so as to give us the best choice in the general election. You are welcome to see my How About We Look for the Best Candidate in =Both= Parties for details.2a. I am writing to you, therefore, as a professor, scholar, and observer of media and politics, with a keen interest in seeing the press serve our democracy as Thomas Jefferson and our Founding Fathers intended - that is, by providing us with the truth wherever possible.3. Let me now address the issues you raise in your Open Letter:You write that "these Internet polls are admittedly unscientific and subject to hacking".True, but the "scientific" polls - the ones that rely on random sampling - are subject to error, as well. See, for example, the famous poll that predicted that FDR would lose the 1936 Presidential election.Also, while the Internet may indeed be subject to hacking, do you have any proof that hacking took place in this case? You further say that your "poll was either hacked or the target of a campaign". Again, your proof?You further say that "[t]he next day, our email basked was flooded with Ron Paul support messages. And the computer logs showed the poll had been hit with traffic from Ron Paul chat sites. I learned other Internet polls that night had been hit in similar fashion."None of the above actions are "hacking". You owe Ron Paul's supporters and the American people an apolo[...]



Ron Paul Makes the Only Worthy Point in the CNBC Republican Debate

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 01:31:00 +0000

Here are some of the highlights and lowlights in the Republican Presidential debate which concluded a fw hours ago in Michigan. It was on CNBC, and will repeated tonight at 9pm on MSNBC:Fred Thompson: started out nearly comatose, and then settled in. But he's fuzzy on most of the issues, and looks like Dwight David Eisenhower on a bad day. His best moment was responding to a pretty good crack by Romney, about the Republican debates being like Law and Order - a big cast, and Fred Thompson comes in at the end. Thompson smiled and said, pretty good, and I thought I was going to be the best actor up here.Mitt Romney: his response to whether the President needs to consult Congress before going to war - Romney said he'd leave that to the attorneys - was one of the lowest points, not only in this debate, but in American history, period. (See Ron Paul's response to this, below.)Rudy Giuliani: his response about whether the Internet required FCC-like cultural policing was troubling, to say the last. He's not in favor of creating new government agencies, but he might look into it, if the problem doesn't subside. But, what's the problem? No one disputes the need of police to go after predators, on and off line. The question was about the "cultural" problems of the Internet (porn?) and what should be done about that. A better answer would have been: "The FCC is unconstitutional even as a regulator of broadcasters. The last thing I would do is extend its violation of the First Amendment to the Internet." Too bad Ron Paul didn't get a chance to answer that question. Fortunately, Ron Paul did get a chance to respond about the President going to war...Ron Paul: his finest moment was his outrage over Romney's gibberish about consulting attorneys. Read the Constitution, Ron Paul said - it clearly says that Congress, not the President, has the power to declare war.You don't need to be a lawyer to understand that. You need to be just minimally literate.Also admirable was Ron Paul's unwillingness to blindly support whoever gets the Republican nomination - that nominee would need to stop following Bush's disastrous and unconstitutional foreign policy.It's rare indeed to hear a political candidate in either party spea[...]



Celebrating Sputnik

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 22:03:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 45 of Light On Light Through in which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik - the first artificial satellite to circle the Earth.  We look and the triumphs and the tragedies, and in particular, why we have moved so little and so slowly into space since then...RealSpace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off PlanetAlso in this podcast: an invitation to podcasters and anyone who can make an MP3 recording:  October 21, 2007 will be the first-year anniversary of Light On Light Through - send me your 10-second greetings, and I'll play them all in a special anniversary episode.  Feel free to mention and plug your own podcast, and whatever else you're doing.Plus flashes ... Heroes is back ... so is Dexter and Brotherhood ... and Journeyman - a great new time travel series - debuts ... all of this, and more... hear and read more of what I think about them in Levinson news clips and InfiniteRegress.tv ...Helpful links: Levinsonnewsclips.com InfiniteRegress.tv The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates   (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details Sputnik's 50th Anniversary - my blog post home page: http://paullevinson.infomore blogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                          videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006 videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                                                            The Plot to Save Socrates - my latest novel"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly"Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News [...]


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Complete Video of my Sept 28 Fordham University Lecture about Media Misreporting of Ron Paul

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 16:13:00 +0000

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This is the lecture I delivered to my "Introduction to Communication and Media Studies" class at Fordham University last Friday, September 28, 2007, about the media misreporting of Ron Paul.

The lecture, with student questions at the end, was about 50 minutes. It's divided into five parts on the YouTube video: 1. history of polling ... ABC May 2007 misreporting of Ron Paul ... 2. ABC continues misreporting Ron Paul (early August 2007).... 3. Mark Levin urges disinformation against Ron Paul on ABC radio ... Kucinich gets cropped ... the First Amendment ... 4. Hannity & Colmes misreport Ron Paul on Fox News ... reasons behind all of this ... 5. I answer student questions ...

Note that the above is, of course, current only as of September 28, 2007, and contains no mention of ABC affiliate WMUR TV in New Hampshire failing to cover the Ron Paul "Family Day" rally on September 30...




Sputnik's 50 Years Old: And We're Still Toddlers in Space

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 03:34:00 +0000


Sputnik celebrates its 50th anniversary this Thursday, October 4 - the first artificial satellite to circle the planet. It was soon followed by Sputnik 2 (dogs in space, 1958), first human in space (Yuri Gagarin, 1961), Telstar (first telecom satellite, 1962), and then we walked on the Moon (Armstrong and Aldrin, 1969).

Notice that I didn't say Soviet or US above, because it doesn't really matter. Humans in space is what counts. But everyone of course knows that Sputnik - Russian for "fellow traveler" - set off the space race which we in the US eventually "won" in 1969. Prior to then, Telstar was our only first accomplishment.

And what did that victory get us? A space shuttle, with brave astronauts, some of whom lost their lives. But no one has gotten too far beyond this planet. We've sent robots to Mars, and that's exciting, but robots neither laugh nor cry - they're not human.

And so, as the 50th anniversary of Sputnik arrives, I can only hope that we start doing a little better. Civilization is filled with examples of major inventions that stayed dormant for centuries - even millennia. The Chinese invention of the printing press in 700 or 800 AD, and its failure to be used for a mass print and popular culture, is one of the most vivid examples. (I wrote about this way back in 1977, in my essay, "Toy, Mirror, and Art: The Metamorphosis of Technological Culture" - it was reprinted in my 1995 Learning Cyberspace - and I'll try to post the essay here in the next few weeks.)

Let's not wait 700 more years to really get out into space. The Universe awaits us...

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See also Realspace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet







Latest ABC Mistreatment of Ron Paul: I Intend to Include This in the Next Edition of My Textbook

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 15:50:00 +0000


The Free Market News Network reports that WMUR neglected to cover Ron Paul at his "Family Day" rally in Manchester, New Hampshire this past weekend. WMUR is a state-wide television operation, with headquarters in Manchester.

What struck me most about this was not the lack of coverage itself - infuriating and undemocratic, as it is - but the fact that WMUR is an ABC affiliate!

Just this past Friday, at the lecture I delivered to my "Intro to Communication and Media Studies" class at Fordham University (we'll have the video up on YouTube soon), I detailed a series of outrageous ABC misreportings of Ron Paul since May - ranging from leaving him out of poll results to publishing misleading photographs that made his supporters seem far fewer at a rally in Iowa than they actually were. But I concluded, in an effort to be fair, that ABC seems to have been improving in the accuracy of its reporting lately, with Fox guilty of the worst recent transgressions.

But here we are, once again, with a national ABC television affiliate apparently up to the same old business. If the Free Market News story is correct - and it's been up online more than a day with no opposing comments offered - then ABC is continuing to dig itself into a hole it may never get out of.

Because, whatever happens in this election, the shameful performance of ABC News at so many junctures - regarding mostly Ron Paul, but also, at least once, Dennis Kucinich - will not be forgotten. Indeed, I expect it will be a section in many textbooks about media and politics. I know I certainly will be putting something about this in my next edition of The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution.

See reviews of the most recent edition of The Soft Edge.




Ron Paul at PBS Debate: I Am Against Federal Death Penalty

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 18:52:00 +0000

I was delighted to hear Ron Paul say at the Republican Presidential debate on PBS that he is opposed to the Federal death penalty. He indicated that this was one of the few positions he changed his views about over the years - at one time, he supported the Federal death penalty - and his reason was that DNA evidence has shown too many innocent people found guilty.

My position has always been against death penalties on all levels. Even before DNA evidence, it seemed to me that juries are fallible, they are capable of error, and putting a person to death on the basis of a wrong jury decision was one of the very worst things a civilized society could ever do. Life in prison without parole was a strong enough punishment, and one which allowed reversal in the event that new evidence came to light or old evidence proved faulty.

As on so many other issues, the libertarian distrust that Ron Paul has of government, and his sheer logic, have led him to an enlightened, humanitarian position. My only disagreement with Ron Paul on this issue is that I would like to see capital punishment outlawed on a state level, too.




That Special Bookstore

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 07:21:00 +0000

I guess I do most of my book shopping online these days...But I was thinking the other day about the best bookstore I have ever been in.... I was reading an old, weathered 1880s copy of Plato's Republic - no, not just for enjoyment (though it is a fascinating book), but I needed it for a section I'm writing in the sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates (ok, that's fun, too). But leafing through that faded book got  me to thinking about where I'd acquired it. That shop was my favorite book store of all time...Now, there are lots of contenders. Foyle's in London, science fiction and mystery bookstores up and down the Northeast corridor here in the U.S. where I'm most likely to be at large on a weekend ...But my all-time favorite was a second-hand bookstore located just off the Bowdoin College campus in Maine. My wife and I happened upon it years ago. I have no idea if it's still in business. Probably not.It wasn't much of a shop, physically. But it had a stock of old and second-hand philosophy and history books to rival the Harvard Library's. Except most of the volumes were not more than a dollar or two, and weren't in the greatest condition. Didn't matter. I don't collect books as art objects. I love them for their words.We bought so many books in that store - nearly a hundred - that the two store owners started arguing with each other about whether they really wanted to sell us so much of their inventory. One was sure we were just buying up the books to start our own bookstore, even though I assured her (truthfully) that we were not. In the end, we did get the books, with a mix of embarassed smiles and grumbles thrown in at no extra charge.I still have every one of those books on the shelves of my home library today. Many date from the 1920s and 30s. A few go back as far as the 1870s. Benjamin Jowett's Works of Plato in four volumes were on my knee, or on the floor near my shoe, as I wrote large parts of The Plot to Save Socrates. (Plato's Republic is in those Jowettt volumes.) That was one of the reasons I included Jowett in the book as a character.In this world,[...]



Vikings, On a Cloudy Day

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 04:54:00 +0000

The Norse - or Vikings - were an amazing seafaring people. They got as far as North America, and played a role in Russia and the Byzantine.  They even used crystals - sunstones - to navigate on cloudy days. For most of our recent history, until the 1970s, in fact, many historians doubted that the Vikings ever made it to North America. All we had of those trips were myths and legends, whispered in the Norse winds, as flimsy as chilly gusts of air. Then, finally in the 1970s, Norse remains were dug up in Newfoundland, and carbon-dated to 1,000 AD. The time of Leif Ericson's arrival. Columbus had it much better. His son Diego published a pamphlet describing his father's voyage to the New World, and it became a best-seller in Europe in 1493. One of the first, in fact, right after the Bible. And printed not only in Latin, but in French, Spanish, and a dozen vernaculars of the day. As I say in my 1997 The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution, we have the printing press to thank for the Age of Discovery. Without it, Columbus' voyages might well have amounted to little more than Leif's in the wind... And that concerns me, a little, like a chill down my back. You ever wonder about what happened in the ancient world, or even the Dark Ages, that we don't know about? In an age before mass media, lots of important events went unreported and unrecorded. Sometimes, even when they were recorded, they were lost. How many unique copies of scrolls and codices were lost in the burnings of the Library of Alexandria? Such questions make good material for historical fiction - I deal with some of them in the sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates (which I'm currently at work on). But I also worry about them in our real lives. Well, maybe worry is too strong a word. I certainly think about them. What cures for our illnesses were discovered in ancient times and then forgotten? The Bible (Psalm 51) says, "cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean" - hyssops has antibiotic qualities. But we did not discover antibiotics until Flem[...]



A Voyage to Mars - in 1965...

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 00:00:00 +0000

I mentioned in my Conversation with science fiction author Rob Saywer here a few weeks ago that we might have gotten to Mars in 1965. Here are some further details, as Freeman Dyson laid them out at the Guggenheim in New York City a few months. He might have been on the mission. He helped design it. This isn't science fiction. In the immediate aftermath of the Sputnik 1 in October 1957, the door was wide open in America for all kinds of projects that might give us a jump on the Soviets in space. No mean goal, since the Soviets obviously had a healthy head-start. Project Orion was one of those projects. Use atom bombs not as weapons but fuel for a rocket to the solar system. The rocket would travel fast enough to get us to Mars in two swift months. With a cargo hold as big as an auditorium. The project had drawbacks. People were concerned about political fallout that would result from nuclear fallout from the fuel. Of course, in those days - the 1950s and 1960s - nuclear testing was already dumping lots of dangerous radiation into the atmosphere. Orion's contribution to that would have been neglible. But it was too much, politically. The project also died of competition from Apollo. Politicians had one-track minds in those days - commitment to one space project was more than enough. Orion got an initial green light in 1958, only to be killed by JFK in the early 1960s - the same JFK who set us on a trip to the Moon via Apollo. Is it too late for Orion to be resuscitated? According to Dyson, its time has passed. Nuclear power is still too slow a propellant for trips to the stars. Laser sails are better for that. And although it still takes four times longer to get to Mars by chemically-launched vehicles today than it would have by the nuclear-powered ship Dyson and his colleagues were building, we've mastered the production of our current chemical ships to the point that it wouldn't pay to go back to Project Orion. So it's history, now. A moment in time when Dyson apologized to his little boy George that ther[...]



Squirrels and Science Fiction

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 22:26:00 +0000

A report in last Friday's Washington Post, by way of a BBC translation of an Iranian editorial entitled "Spying Squirrels," reveals the following - A few weeks ago, 14 squirrels equipped with espionage systems of foreign intelligence services were captured by [Iranian] intelligence forces along the country's borders. These trained squirrels, each of which weighed just over 700 grams, were released on the borders of the country for intelligence and espionage purposes .... Fixing GPS devices, bugging instruments and advanced cameras in the bodies of trained animals like squirrels, mice, hamsters, etc, are among modern methods of collecting intelligence.Holy cow! I'm not really surprised - in fact, flattered - because that's exactly the scenario of my 2003 science fiction novel, The Pixel Eye! (There are reviews etc here.)Now, according to folks in the intelligence community (I never thought I'd be using that phrase... ), the Iranians frequently do this sort of thing - they make up preposterous cases of spying, to keep their people on edge, and to be able to claim victimhood in the world community.I'm going to talk to my agent about whether I can get the Iranians to send me a royalty .... Now, if I hear that they think we're spying on them via chairs in dining clubs that time travel, I'll know they're really on to me...   In the meantime, here are seven totally true stories about my intersections with squirrels ... 1. My wife and I were visiting Marshall McLuhan at his Wychwood Park home in Toronto in 1978. He proudly pointed to a black squirrel running around his front door. "We have the only black squirrels in existence, right here," he said. I nodded - for all I knew then, it was true. I hadn't focused on squirrels too much before then. As soon as we got back home to the Bronx, though, I noticed three black squirrels in under a week. 2. At some point in my study of the Shannon-Weaver model of communication (I can hear 10,000 students groaning), I discovered exactly how they came[...]



Sea Gulls and Hermit Crabs

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:08:00 +0000

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We just got back from Cape Cod a few weeks ago. We've been renting a little cottage - Sandpiper - for a few weeks, a month, a few times for a few months during the summer - from the owner since 1982. It's the easiest way to get a piece of paradise.

In our case, that's a quiet beach. You can walk on it for miles on some days, with mostly seagulls and hermit crabs for company.

How much would it cost to buy a place like that? A small fortune. Plus, you have to worry about locking it up for the winter, turning off the electricity and the water, and the possibility of a storm that could wipe it all away.

So, yes, we're believers in vacation rentals from the owner. It's the best combination of continuity, reliability, and minimum expense for the vistas. In our case, my wife's sister recommended this place to us, and she in turn had found out about it about from old friend.

But Vacation Rentals By Owners is a neat resource for getting a vacation rental anywhere in the country. Whether Cape Cod or California vacation rentals - anywhere in the country - you'll find your perfect vacation here.

I'm really tempted to go for another vacation, right now...




Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The View from New York

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 23:46:00 +0000

Welcome to this special Episode 39 of Light On Light Through - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The View from New York ... from the moment I left the bookstore a few minutes after midnight on Saturday I knew this was something as special as everyone had anticipated ... kids were sitting in front of the bookstore, delving into their copies (tell that to the myopic New York Times and all the other self-appointed experts who think literacy is waning) ... In this podcast, I give my first reactions to this extraordinary finale to an extraordinary series ... and to sum up those reactions:  J. K. Rowling has given the world what the Beatles did in 1960s ... the unique British contribution to entertainment and popular culture ... among the highlights ... the interaction of magical beings in this finale novel ... the radio in the forest ... my favorite line ... and much more... Plus flashes ... just one, devoted to the YouTube/CNN Presidential debate this past Monday, which I saw and reckon to be a major breakthrough for democracy and the media... Helpful links: Read my complete written review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - replete with links to my analyses of the main other issues surrounding this remarkable event in our popular culture. My analysis of the YouTube/CNN debate. The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com  or  http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details home page: http://paullevinson.i[...]


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Digital Framez

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:10:00 +0000

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André Bazin, the great French film critic, observed that a photograph rescues an image from its "proper corruption" in time.  And so it does, by taking the faces and places that are important to us, and making them last forever - not just in our dreams, but in their frames.

But where is best place to display such mirrors of our vision and memory?  If the photograph is digital, as just about all of them are now, do we confine it to our computer screen, or the tiny screen of our cell phone, or someone else's?

You'll find a far better solution at Digital Framez, where you can choose a digital photo frame.  This is an ideal way to display the images you've rescued from time.  The digital picture frames come in seven-inch and nine-inch sizes.  They can display a single prized photograph or a series - an album - and you set the time that you want each photograph to display, and the kind of transitions between images.

You can place these digital frames anywhere in your home - at the entrance, on the walls of your foyer and living room, on a coffee table or a side table, anywhere you like.

The digital revolution has made it easy to take great photographs just about any time, anywhere.   Digital Framez gives them and you the display they deserve.

 




Harry Potter and the iPhone

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 22:33:00 +0000

Welcome to Harry Potter and the iPhone ... Light On Light Through, Episode 38 ... in which we consider the two biggest draws of the Summer of 2007 ... Harry Potter and the iPhone ... makes sense: what the iPhone does is magic ... and consistent with my anthropotropic theory of media evolution - as new technologies evolve, they become increasingly human, and do more things we imagine and yearn for ... Plus flashes ... BarelyPolitical.com's Obama Girl vids are revolutionizing the political process - for the better ... Mad Men is a great new show on AMC TV - cigarette companies and Richard Nixon are clients of this 1950s ad exec ... Helpful links: Read more about what I'm saying about the iPhone on iPhonematters.com, where I have a new post at 8:00am every Monday through Friday ... and on InfiniteRegress.tv Also on InfiniteRegress - my Barely Political Revolution - Obama Girl says it's her favorite! - and my review of Mad Men The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com  or  http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details home page: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme                                            videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006                                               [...]


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Vegan Shoes and Bags

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 06:08:00 +0000

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It is very difficult in our society to live your principles in everything you do.

For example, if you're a vegan, and you refrain from eating any meat or meat-associated food, on moral grounds, what can you do about your accessories and shoes, which are often made from animal products?

Vegan Shoes and Bags offers the perfect answer: a wide selection of shoes and bags, for women and men, carefully checked to make sure they contain no products made from leather, fur, suede, wool, or silk.  The shoes range from casual and work to evening wear, and are all available on the http://www.vegetarianshoesandbags.com website. Earth shoes, dress shoes, belts, wallets, hand bags and evening bags - they're all there on the page, and easy to order. You can shop with no moral conflict.

I'm not vegan or vegetarian myself,  but if I were, I would definitely give this site a try.




A Conversation with Robert J. Sawyer!

Sun, 24 Jun 2007 22:31:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 37 of Light On Light Through ---> A Conversation with Robert J. Sawyer ... my good friend for more than a decade ... my predecessor as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America (and I served as his Vice President) ... Rob is winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and more awards, almost as numerous as stars in the universe ... he's Canada's premier science fiction writer ... We talk not only about Rob's novels - including his latest, rollback - but about the true value of science fiction to humanity, a trip to Mars that almost happened in the 1960s, the Pope's Astronomer, and much more ... a no-holds-barred, unedited 20-minute connversation... Plus flashes ... all Sopranos, baby ... I thought the ending was a masterpiece ... shades of The Lady or The Tiger and Hamlet ... advice to the closure-junkies ... Helpful links: Rob Sawyer's new novel rollback and his home page InfiniteRegress.tv  - my blog posts and podcasts about The Sopranos ... final nine episodes reviewed ... plus, The Sopranos or The Tiger, The Closure-Junkies, The Sopranos and Hamlet ... and my weekly reviews of Lost, 24, Heroes, The Tudors ... and now, John from Cincinnati, Meadowlands and Big Love... The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com  or  http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightth[...]


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Lost New Questions

Mon, 28 May 2007 21:37:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 36 of Light On Light Through ... in which we consider five questions that arise from the breathtaking Season 3 finale of Lost ... 1. how far in the future was the action in Los Angeles? ... 2. who's in the coffin? ... 3. who's waiting for Kate? ... 4. who is Naomi's boss? ... 5. is Mikhail immortal? ... Plus flashes ... more Lost ... still significant: inexplicable coincidences in the backstories ... Walt ... the paradox of the liar ... more Lost in Helpful links... First, my blog posts on Lost New Questions and other Lost matters - How Far in the Future? ...  Who's In the Coffin? ... Who's Waiting for Kate? ... Who Is Naomi's Boss? ... Is Mikhail Immortal? and  Lost and Alias: Now Something Else in Common... And some helpful links... Infinite Regress  my weekly reviews of Lost, 24, Heroes, The Sopranos, The Tudors ... and, coming soon, Meadowlands and Big Love... The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy for a Father's Day gift, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details home page: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme and http://paullevinson.blogspot.com                                             videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/u[...]


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Exclusive TV Predictions - Finales for 24, Heroes, and Lost!

Sun, 20 May 2007 06:55:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through Episode 35 ... my exclusive predictions for the season finales this week of 24, Heroes, and Lost!  I'll say no more ... you've got to listen to the podcast (most of these predictions have not appeared on my blogs before).  Email yours to me at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com - if I receive them before the shows, and you're right, I'll mention your name on next week's Light On Light Through.... Plus flashes ... devoted completely to politics again, and mostly to the poor treatment Ron Paul is still receiving from mainstream media ... this time, why did Fox choose to conduct a poll via texting, and then denigrate the results because Ron Paul did so well? ... also, Democrats, next time take up Fox and every network on offers to host your Presidential debates ... you don't hurt Fox by refusing to debate on its network, you hurt yourselves and the American people...  Helpful links: Advice to Networks about Post-Debate Polls my blog postInfinite Regress  my weekly reviews of 24, Heroes, and LostThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free - at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com The Future and You May 1 episode ... Stephen Euin Cobb continues his October 2006 interview with me http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy for a Father's Day or graduation gift, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for[...]


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Harry Potter and the Refutation of Illiteracy

Sun, 13 May 2007 04:45:00 +0000

Welcome to Harry Potter and the Refutation of Illiteracy or Episode 34 of Light On Light Through in which we consider how the extraordinary success of J. K. Rowling's novels refutes the view of some academics and critics that television, the Internet, and even texting on cell phones are making the world illiterate... Plus flashes ... devoted entirely to the shabby treatment the Ron Paul for President campaign has been receiving from ABC.com, Pajamas Media, and other media...  Helpful links: Harry Potter and the Refutation of Illiteracy my blog post The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution my 1998 book - for further details on literacy thrivingOpen Letter to ABC.com about Ron Paul and Second Open Letter to ABC.com and the Media about Ron Paul both from me  The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com The Future and You May 1 episode ... Stephen Euin Cobb continues his October 2006 interview with mehttp://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy for a Father's Day or graduation gift, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for details home page: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme and http://paullevinson.blogspot.com                             [...]


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Memo To Networks: Tell Us Which Candidates Are Raising Their Hands!

Sun, 06 May 2007 05:29:00 +0000

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 33 - Memo To Networks: Tell Us Which Candidates Are Raising Their Hands! - in the Presidential debates that you're televising, that is ... when you ask a question that requires a show of hands - such as, do any of you not believe in evolution? - how about telling us who raised their hands?  (Brownback, Huckabee, and Tancredo did in Thursday's Republican debate) ... Plus flashes ... Digg almost melts down after removing articles about some code ... shout-out to Heroes for its superb Five Years Gone time-travel episode ... Try GoToMyPC free for 30 days!  For this special offer, visit www.gotomypc.com/podcast  Helpful links: Memo to MSNBC: Tell Us Whose Hand Is Up my blog post Three Republicans Who Deny Evolution  and First Republican Televised Debate more blog posts from me Post-Mortem of Digg's Flirtation with Death my blog post ... other reader-directed systems: http://reddit.com and http://netscape.com and http://stumbleupon.com and http://fark.com Heroes Five Years Gone: Time-Travel Triumph my blog reviewThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy for a Mother's Day, Father's Day, or graduation gift, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com for det[...]


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My Sweet Prius: Part II

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 06:57:00 +0000

With gas at the pump going for over $3.00 a gallon here in the New York City area, I thought it would be a good time to revisit me and my Prius, which was the subject of the very first episode of Light On Light Through back in October... Welcome to Episode 32 of Light On Light Through ... My Sweet Prius, Part II ... in a nutshell: I'm delighted with the mileage - about 40 mpg - even though it's less than the 60 mpg advertised, I'm really enjoying getting podcasts through my Bluetooth connection and listening with the windows rolled down, and it's nice driving through the countryside in quiet mode ... highly recommended!  Like science fiction? Jump into my short story, The Other Car, in which a Prius is a bridge to an alternate reality     Plus flashes ... with the May TV sweeps about to begin, a mini-TV-roundup of the best of the new golden age of television:  Lost, 24, Rome, The Tudors, Heroes, The Sopranos ...   Helpful links: Nine Reasons I Love My Prius my new blog post Prius and the Reunion of Talking and Walking very first episode of Light On Light Through Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress my weekly blog post reviews of the above TV shows Levinson news clips: TV reviews my weekly podcast reviews of the above TV shows The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above t[...]


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John Edwards' Favorite Book: The Trial of Socrates

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 05:49:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 31 of Light On Light Through ... in which we discuss what it means when a Presidential candidate's favorite book is I .F. Stone's The Trial of Socrates ... It means John Edwards loves history and philosophy, has intellectual daring, is concerned about what can go wrong in a democracy, is an opponent of censorship, and a friend of diversity and tolerance ... When was the last time we had a President with such qualities?  John F. Kennedy? Plus flashes ... Jack Thompson at it again with his nonsense about videogames ... NBC was wrong to air the Virgina Tech killer's tape... Try GoToMyPC free for 30 days!  For this special offer, visit www.gotomypc.com/podcast  Helpful links: my blog post about Edwards and Socrates ... John Edwards' Favorite BookJohn Edwards' web siteI. F. Stone's The Trial of Socratesmy blog posts about Jack Thompson and about NBCI go head-to-head with Jack Thompson on CNBC last JuneThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ at Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com home page: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://paullevinson.net and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme and http://paullevinson.blogspot.co[...]


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Four Imus Fallacies

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 05:23:00 +0000

Four Imus Fallacies ... Welcome to Episode 30 of Light On Light Through in which we consider four fallacies that have been bandied about the media regarding the firing of Imus from his television and radio shows, which was well-deserved ... the language of rap ... the Duke lacrosse players ... Anne Coulter, Rosie O'Donnell, and other celebrities who traffic in insult ... the First Amendment ... I'll explain why none of those issues or people have relevance to Imus ... Plus flashes ... freed British sailors have every right to sell their stories to the media ... O'Reilly and Rivera knew just what they were doing when they lost their tempers on television ... And a special treat ... a new home demo from England's James Harris ... Walking On Air ... Try GoToMyPC free for 30 days!  For this special offer, visit www.gotomypc.com/podcast  Helpful links: my blog posts about Imus ... No Place for Imus in the Media, Memo to Michelle Malkin re: Don Imus and rap, The Day after Imus: What Doesn't Need to Be Done, Four Imus Fallaciesmy blog posts about British sailors and the media and O'Reilly v. Rivera (includes link to video clip)http://www.myspace.com/jamesharrisacoustic you'll love itThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title [...]


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The Tudors and Rome: Golden Ages on Television

Sun, 08 Apr 2007 04:03:00 +0000

The Tudors and Rome: Golden Ages on Television ... Welcome to Light On Light Through Episode 29, in which we consider how the revolution in television which began with The Sopranos has given us captivating new windows onto history, first with HBO's Rome and now with Showtime's The Tudors ... afraid to portray neither complex ideas nor sex, these programs make enjoyabe contributions to our understanding of the past and the ways it has shaped us... Plus flashes ... now the FCC's going after cell phones ... Josh Wolf free! ... the Supreme Court does the right thing about global warming ... which might be reduced, in part, up on the roof ... Try GoToMyPC free for 30 days!  For this special offer, visit www.gotomypc.com/podcast  Helpful links: my blog posts: The Tudors Commences - History So Colorful You Can Taste It and Rome Returns and Concludes on HBO my blog post:  Up on the Roof: The Power of Biology on the Tops of SkyscrapersThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com home page: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv [...]


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Galactica Dylan

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 03:32:00 +0000

Welcome to Galactica Dylan ... Episode 28 of Light On Light Through ... Battlestar Galactica started brilliantly this season, faded in the middle, but concluded last Sunday with more than one astonishing twist ... including Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" ... but if BSG takes place in the past, how could this be ... and if takes place in the future, how did one of the most covered songs in rock 'n' roll history get out there?   This episode of Light On Light Through considers these questions and provides ... more questions, along with some brief musical treats... Plus flashes ... HBO's Rome concludes, and it's better than Shakespeare ... Lost has a Canterbury Tales-like episode ... and panda paper out of China (you can't make this stuff up) ... Try GoToMyPC free for 30 days!  For this special offer, visit www.gotomypc.com/podcast  Helpful links:Galactica Dylan (my blog post) ... Bear McCreary's explanation of the Dylan song in BSG (he did the arrangement) ... How Star Trek Liberated Television  (trust me, you'll like it) ...my reviews of Rome and LostShaun Farrell's interview with me on his Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcastThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on [...]


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Cops Cracking Down On Journalists - Again!

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 06:07:00 +0000

Cops Cracking Down on Journalists ... Again! Welcome to Episode 27 of Light On Light Through ... While Josh Wolf sits in prison in California, New York City police are pursuing their own war against journalists ... arresting two Columbia University journalism students this past Thursday for videotaping police cars from a public sidewalk ... I call upon Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly to see that justice is served ... bring these cops to justice! Plus flashes ... media drop the ball on John Edwards reporting ... Al Gore never claimed he invented the Internet... Helpful links: Columbia Univ students thrown in jail for doing their assignment my blog post; Class Assignment Lands Two Students In Jail New York 1 News story; The War On Journalism website with details and videos of past police misconduct against video journalistsPreserving Freedom of Expression in America 60-minute video hosted by Howard Vicini about Josh Wolf (first broadcast March 16, 2007)Media Drop the Ball in Edwards Reporting and Politico-Edwards lesson: Blogs need even higher standards than mass media my blog posts; Republican pap about Al Gore and the Internet my blog postThe Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ o[...]


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The Four Phils

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 05:57:00 +0000

Welcome to The Four Phils... Episode 26 of Light On Light Through ... in which I interview actor and screenwriter Mark Shanahan about how he came to write and star in the Edgar-award nominated radioplay of The Chronology Protection Case based on my novelette of the same name ... my fictional NYPD forensic detective Dr. Phil D'Amato is the hero of this story ... and Mark and I talk about his and other renditions of Phil ... a rare, behind-the-scenes interview about the making of a radioplay... Plus flashes ... update on Josh Wolf, the imprisoned journalist ... my modest proposal for this political season ... and "wiki" makes it into the OED - how about a Wiki-OED?... Helpful links: Details on Phil D'Amato - his appearances in short fiction, novels, movie, and radioplay ... The Lives and Times of Dr. Phil D'Amato Listen to The Chronology Protection Case - complete, live, radio recording - free Howard Vicini with updates on Josh Wolf Blog post by me: Supporting the Best Candidates in Both Parties More of me on politics at http://InfiniteRegress.tv  The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id   The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... [...]


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Free Josh Wolf

Sun, 11 Mar 2007 04:43:00 +0000

Free Josh Wolf ... Episode 25 of Light On Light Through ... there's not much light in the California prison that holds Josh Wolf ... his crime?  refusing to turn over videotapes of a violent demonstration that he was using to make a documentary ... Josh Wolf, 24, another victim of Congress's refusal to enact a Federal shield law to protect journalists who do the people of America's work ... details in this special episode Plus flashes ... Connecticut foolishly cracks down on MySpace ... Wikipedia violates its own ideals and cracks down on pretender professor ... and, yes, Daylight Savings Time is here and I love it! Helpful links: Complete details about Josh Wolf: http://www.joshwolf.net/Judith Miller quotes me in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (at the end): http://judiciary.senate.gov/testimony.cfm?id=1637&wit_id=4698Blog posts by me: Yay! Daylight Savings Time - 03.10.07 Connecticut Going for the Easy, Ineffective, Unconstitutional Way to Protect Children on MySpace - 03.09.07  Free Josh Wolf - 03.08.07   Free Josh Wolf II: The Case for A Shield Law - 03.11.07  Should Liars Be Unwelcome on Wikipedia? - 03.08.07Come over to http://PaulLevinson.net - my new nightclub blog The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id   The Plot to Save Socrates  publi[...]


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Gore Back On Center Stage

Sun, 04 Mar 2007 07:36:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 24 of Light On Light Through ... Gore Back On Center Stage ... he won the popular vote for President of the United States in 2000 ... he was nominated last month for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alerting the world to the dangers of global warming ... and his movie An Inconvenient Truth won the Oscar last week for best documentary ... we examine the contributions of Al Gore and look at what may be next for him... Plus flashes ... the RIAA on the warpath again ... study finds college students are narcissistic - is that so bad? Helpful links: Two of my blog posts about Al Gore: Gore Nomination for Nobel Prize Poetic Justice and Gore and Obama The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free -  at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id   The Plot to Save Socrates  published in trade paperback February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get to Amazon) ... and if you'd like an autographed copy, at no extra charge to you, just send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com   Enjoy... Paul web: http://paullevinson.infoblogs: http://InfiniteRegress.tv  and http://www.myspace.com/twiceuponarhyme and http://paullevinson.blogspot.com videoclips: http://www.youtube.com/us[...]


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Dummy in the HOV Lane

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 06:37:00 +0000

Welcome to Dummy in the HOV Lane ... Episode 23 of Light On Light Through ... in which we semi-seriously consider the case of man who was pulled over on Long Island, NY for driving with a dummy passenger in the HOV lane ... why would a sleeping person, a quiet person, a dullard-type dummy be ok, but not this life-like dummy?  How about a dog, a chimp, or a snake plant? Plus flashes ... lowly bacteria to the rescue again - they can make buildings more earthquake resistant ... Lost sinks further downhill ...Battlestar Galactica is diving ... and what's wrong with those Academy Award people - not letting Borat speak on Sunday night... Helpful links: Read the full blog post for this episode: Dummy in the HOV LaneMore about helpful bacteria: Hail the Mighty Lowly Bacterium ... Paul De Kruif's The Microbe Hunters ... and my novel, The Consciousness Plague...The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free - is now up and running, with the first five chapters over at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com - get over there and subscribe, while the going is good... http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry id  The Plot to Save Socrates just published in trade paperback last Tuesday, February 20 - this means you can get a new copy, if you like, for $10+ over on Amazon and most places ... (click on the above title to get t[...]


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Lost: Anatomy of a Loss

Sun, 18 Feb 2007 05:12:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 22 of Light On Light Through ... Lost: Anatomy of a Loss ... in which we look at what went wrong with this tv series which galvanized audiences with its experimental story telling and viral marketing the first season, put people to sleep or got them frustrated in the second season, and now, despite a good resumption this February, is struggling to stay afloat... Plus flashes ... actually, just one big, bad one this episode ... the FCC's at it again with a report circulating in Congress that calls for extension of government regulation of television programming ... Helpful links: Unveiling http://PaulLevinson.net - my new nightclub blog, over at Rudius Media, which has podcast players for all four of my shows - Light On Light Through, Ask Lev, Levinson news clips, and Words and Music by Paul Levinson - plus videos of many of my tv appearances, reviews of my books, a blog I write to usually a few times a day, a Message Board where you can talk to me, and a lot more... other Rudius bloggers include Tucker Max, Bob Greene, and Bill Dawes... come on over!The Silk Code podiobook - my award-winning novel, read by Shaun Farrell, available free - is now up and running, with the first five chapters over at http://thesilkcode.blogspot.com or http://podiobooks.com - get over there and subscribe, while the going is good...http://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Li[...]


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How To Research Ancient History for Science Fiction

Sun, 11 Feb 2007 05:50:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 21 of Light On Light Through - How To Research Ancient History for Science Fiction ... I gave a talk on this topic to the Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey at the Garden State Plaza Borders Bookstore this evening ... but for all the people in the world who couldn't attend, my two secret ingredients are old Encyclopedia Britannicas (1955 or earlier) and new sources on the Web (quadruple corroborated)... Plus flashes ... Hank and Jack Bauer ... MSNBC Countdown Board goes ballistic over my critique of Keith Olbermann (because of his attack on 24) ... Lost's recovering ... and iTunes and the Beatles... And the early-Beatle-like James Harris with a nice home-demo of his song Tonya McCreary... Helpful links: http://paullevinson.blogspot.com my blog posts on many of the flashesMSNBC Olbermann Countdown Board ... for some reason, most of the posters there don't like me...http://www.myspace.com/jamesharrisacoustic you'll love ithttp://artofgraciousliving.com Patsy Terrell's podcast - Patsy does the wonderful Light On Light Through - Blubrry idhttp://bigbrry.com Tom Marquette interviews me (part 1 - an hour) (part 2 next week)http://adventuresinscifipublishing.blogspot.com/ special preview of Shaun Farrell's podiobook of my novel The Silk Code - chapter one! - you can also hear it at http://odeo.com/audio/8529393/view Enjoy... Paul web: http://paullevinson.infoblogs[...]


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Blockbuster, Netflix, the Web: The Future of Watching Movies out of Theaters

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 03:05:00 +0000

Welcome to Episode 20 of Light Light Through - Blockbuster, Netflix, the Web: The Future of Watching Movies out of Theaters.  It all began with Edison's kinetoscope, which gave movie-viewers a one-on-one experience.  Now, after a century of theater going, more and more people are watching movies on their own devices.  But not all of them are equal.  Blockbuster, which has dominated this market, still makes you go out in the rain to return a movie.  Netflix is better, but still leaves you hostage to the mailman.  That leaves the Web - and nothing succeeds like delivery of movies at the speed of light... And debuting in this Episode, a new LOLT feature: flashes ... in which I give quickie takes on media news.  This week:  the media are most to blame for the Boston cartoon terror scare ... Viacom the doomed dinosaur snarls at YouTube ... Yale prof disapproves of student sex in showers (well, ok, sometimes I'm make an exception and consider a story which isn't media news)... Helpful links: A Short History of the Movies by Mast and Kawin  best history of motion pix I know ofBrewster General Store if you'd like to get your hands on a real kinetoscopehttp://thesilkcode.blogspot.com/ where to subscribe to Shaun Farrell's forthcoming podiobook reading of my novel, The Silk Code (won the Locus Award for best first science fiction novel of 1999)http://patsyterrell.co[...]


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