Elizabeth Thompson has written a book entitled JOAN BAEZ: THE LAST LEAF.
Joan Baez came up on the folk scene while I was in college. A number of us put a lot of faith in her right away when she was singing folk songs, before she discovered Bob Dylan.
The book does a semi-good job of capturing that time period. Semi because it is over in the blink of the eye. Ms. Thompson is eager to get Ms. Baez with Mr. Dylan.
You might even say that Ms. Thompson has a homosexual panic. I would say that because there is no acknowledgement of Joan Baez's affairs with women. This despite the fact that Ms. Baez has written about it herself (AND A VOICE TO SING WITH) and came out as bisexual in 1973.
As I read through the book, I was repeatedly disappointed because there was no real person there, just some fixation that Ms. Thompson labeled "Joan Baez."
Ms. Baez, like myself, is an elderly woman, a grandma, and at some point -- sooner than later -- we will both be gone.
Ms. Baez deserved a better book. So did readers.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Divisions most clearly started to show last week in the deep red states of South Carolina and Nebraska, where Republicans roundly rejected further attempts to curtail abortion rights last week.
In South Carolina on Thursday, all five female senators – three of them Republican – led a filibuster that ultimately blocked a bill which would have banned abortion from conception with very few exceptions.
That was the third time a near-total ban on abortion has failed in the Republican-dominated senate in South Carolina since Roe was overturned last summer.