Because David McCullough’s book on John Adams was the choice for the History Book Club discussion, I began to read this excellent biography one evening a few nights ago, and my sense of excitement grew with reading.
We Gen-X’ers grew up with our lives punctuated by changes in technology. As toddlers, we listened to vinyl records and watched movies on reels, but really we grew up listening to cassette tapes and watching movies on VHS. (“Hey, did you hear the new Guns ‘n’ Roses tape?”) CDs were our first contact with the incredibly dense medium of digital music, which has remained our main source of music even today. DVDs were the video equivalent, being made commercially available in 1997.
While I was already going to write about this topic anyway, my bus ride to the Martin Luther King Library today really cemented my resolve. Sitting on the seat in front of me on the 70 bus was the discarded travel section of the January 23rd Sunday Washington Post.
There has been much discussion of late about the correct policies of Congress and the administration over taxes. We have seen on CNN and MSNBC how both sides are agonizing over how much to tax the upper brackets and how to stimulate the economy with tax policy. Each side predicts that coming to the correct decision will advance them in the coming election cycle. But there are many indications from political scientists and commentators that effective policy has little to do with voter behavior.
The library, in cooperation with Byte Back, is offering free PC Basics computer classes and Office Track classes at Capitol View Library, Anacostia Library, Northwest One Library and Watha T. Daniel Library starting January 3.You must be a D.C. resident to enroll in this program. All students must present proof of residency on the first day of class to be admitted. To register, call Byte Back at 202-529-3395 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rant 1Many books are made into movies, to varying degrees of commercial and artistic success. There are healthy debates on how faithful a movie should be to the book, which I think are fascinatingly pointless. A song about an historical person would never be expected to contain everything about that person. Even biographies that take decades to write can’t claim to be all inclusive. This is how art works. Likewise, a movie based on a book cannot be expected to contain the whole book.