He draws on the influence of the likes of Crowded House, REM and Leonard Cohen and ruminates
on the subjects of hope and despair, overcoming adversity, destiny and even a spot of murder.
He also ruminates
on the relevance and modes of history, considering the social history of everyday people, oral history, public history, the study of material culture, and analysis of contemporary events.
"Life Is a Gift" ruminates
on the saga of David Vetter, better known as the Boy in the Bubble.
Laid up in the college infirmary with a basketball injury for several weeks of his senior year, Mel Watkins ruminates
on the news that a missed fraternity party had erupted into a small riot, shattering the calm that normally characterized life at Colgate University.
Avoiding the macho posturing often associated with "man and his car" scenarios, he profiles a transgendered auto engineer, ruminates
on Los Angeles billboard sensation Angelyne and her pink Corvette, and describes a friend's Cadillacs as "more Jane Russell than Marilyn Monroe." While many of his essays are so short, they're something of a tease, Campbell remains a delightful writer and his breezy prose a joy to read.
Watching dancers rehearse in a studio he ruminates
that prayer is "practice" in the same sense - a stylized and repetitive action that must become second nature - but adds immediately that we can mistake our second nature for our first, can substitute the mere repetition of the acts for their transformation into a wider usefulness.
But while the score conveys the thrill of being fabulous in a very cool town, the text ruminates
on death, on waiting, on hope.
on different kinds of love in history, Freud's ideas about love, developmental aspects, intimacy, the significance of male and female development, cultural influences, commitment, and psychoanalytic theories.
In a dazzlingly irrelevant conclusion, Calvet, noting the recent collapse of communist governments in Eastern Europe, ruminates
on what Barthes "might have had to say" about these events - as though such political commentary had been Barthes' stock in trade and not what he tried hard to avoid.
Jatsch, an architect by training, ruminates
at length on the nature of constructed space--in architecture, sculpture, and contemporary art--and on humans' abilities to maneuver and comprehend their surroundings, particularly now, given the overwhelming flow of information provided by electronic technology.