And Now for Something Completely Different


We don’t do a lot of writing about culture here, but I thought I would drop a couple of quick suggestions, if anyone is looking for some new music.

Buy Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times.” It’s the best album I have heard in years, and the best Dylan album in a long time. “Beyond the Horizon,” “Spirit on the Water,” and “Nettie Moore” are standouts, but there isn’t a weak song to be found on the album. If you haven’t listened to Dylan recently, you’re in for his surprise.

If you missed Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 debut “Trouble,” go listen to it now, and then pick up his new album “Till the Sun Turns Black.” It doesn’t quite reach the heights of “Trouble,” but it’s a powerful, personal work.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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I am a huge Dylan fan so I’ll have to check it out. Everytime my wife calls, my cell phone ringtone is ‘Lay Lady Lay’. I havn’t listened to a lot of his new stuff though.


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