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Submission + - Music Critic Robert Christgau Retires (popmatters.com)

claybugg writes: Longtime music critic Robert Christgau, known for his terse reviews, is retiring his popular Consumer Guide after 41 years. He writes in the last edition:

"Barring miracles unlikely to ensue, this is the final edition of Christgau’s Consumer Guide, which MSN will no longer publish following this month’s edition. The CG has generally required a seven-days-a-week time commitment over the 41 years I’ve written it, and I’m grateful to MSN for paying me what the work was worth over the three-and-a-half years I published it here. But though I always enjoyed the work, work it was, and I’ve long been aware there were other things I could be doing with my ears. So while I have every intention of keeping up with popular music as it evolves, being less encyclopedic about it will come as a relief as well as a loss.

Submission + - HIstorian Howard Zinn dead at 87 (boston.com)

claybugg writes: Howard Zinn, political activist and author of A People's History of the United States, has died of a heart attack today at age 87.

"Live or die, I'll make a million." -- Reebus Kneebus, before his jump to the center of the earth, Firesign Theater