Photo of the day from Reuters. That’s Brian Wilson, looking pretty much as I’d look if I found myself trapped between Diana Ross and Condolezza Rice. Wilson was fêted at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with, among other things, a medley of his songs performed by Hootie and the Blowfish. Hootie and the Blowfish, huh? Can you excuse me for a moment? (sound of head banging against wall)

Elsewhere, Lord Goldsmith is recommending that some lyrics to “God Save the Queen” be changed. I’d start with the second verse, which has long spread the pernicious idea that “cause” and “voice” somehow rhyme. (Critic-at-large Moe suggests working in something about paws.) Or just scrap the whole thing and start over.

And film critic Jim Emerson has a good time comparing Bob Dylan to Beethoven’s Ninth. (If you’ve never seen director Todd Haynes’ infamous all-Barbie-doll Karen Carpenter biopic, you really should.)

Hanukkah starts at sundown tonight. I should come up with a celebratory post, but honestly, am I going to top last year’s? Not bloody likely. So think of it as one of those endlessly repeated holiday specials. Shalom!


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