Why I Write

A short reflection on the venerable Orwellian subject of why I write these sorts of pieces.

I was going to say that I write what is on my mind, but that’s not really true and I’ve always been annoyed by the implicit self-indulgence behind that justification.

Rather, I write things which I feel 1) need to be said 2) which few people seem to be saying and 3) regardless of whether people want to hear it.

It follows that I have no expectation that what I write will be at all widely read.

As is the case for many of us who toss our sentences into the either which is the internet, I can’t guess within two orders of magnitude.

That said, occasionally an indication appears that the numbers are much larger than I would have imagined.

Political Activism

I was better known in the greater New Haven area as a political activist, having become in 2003 the first third party official elected to local government in nearly a century.

Halle Sez, my musings on the absurdities of late capitalism, appeared regularly in the New Haven Advocate during my term in office. My writings on politics, the arts and culture have appeared in New Politics, Jacobin, Counterpunch, Truth-Out and the New Haven Register.

My blog page lifts its title from my CD “Outrages and Interludes.” It is less formal writing than my other work (published and submitted pieces) and has seen a lively exchange from a variety of commenters.

Links to my writing here:

Writing on Musical Subjects

Technical Articles on Language and Music

Political Writing


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Essays on politics, music and culture.