Béla Fleck and Chick Corea in Concert

Corea and Fleck: 34 Grammies. In Fairbanks

Hering Auditorium has hosted some great artists over the years, but there’s never been a time when the artists on stage had 34 Grammies between them. Corea’s 20; Fleck’s 14. Fleck’s 30 nominations, in more categories than any other artist, ever. Chick Corea, the greatest living jazz pianist, arguably the greatest ever. Fleck, indisputably the…

Documenting Industry's Use of FUD

FUD, Science and The Merchants of Doubt

  FUD is fear, uncertainty and doubt. Originally applied to IBM sales techniques, in the 1960s the term generalized to a strategic attempt to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information. It was originally part of the public relations’ industry toolbox, used to promote their client’s products over the competition. And, since at least…

Sonnet LV

Belated Happy 450th, Bill

What better way to (belatedly) celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday than Sonnet 55, where he talks about immortality of a lover but, WC has always suspected, might be wishing it for himself? In Horace’s words, “I have built a monument more lasting than bronze…” Indisputably, Shakespeare did.

Five Things to Fix Our Broken Legislature

The Alaska Legislature is broken. You don’t have to look further than the calendar to know that. The session was supposed to have ended Sunday evening; as WC writes, it is still limping along, more or less ignoring the citizen initiative that directed it to wrap things up each year in 90 days. Policy debates,…