ooohhh, the poor rich…
Cars which were designed and manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the 1930s by R. Buckminster Fuller.
Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison
Recent Republican primary winner in Delaware talks with Bill Maher.
New Yorker article by Peter Hessler: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/09/13/100913fa_fact_hessler
Also an interview on today’s Colo. Public Radio (9/20/10) with Peter Hessler, a Ridgway resident and author of the Uravan piece which is very good and pertinet for all of us living in western Colorado. JR
For a few years now, people have been expecting electronic textbooks to take off in a big way: They’re cheaper than traditional textbooks, easier to carry around in a backpack, and seem like a natural progression for students who have grown up playing and working with digital devices. NPR interview
“Boardwalk Empire” is set in 1920 Atlantic City just as prohibition begins to change the landscape for mobsters, politicians and opportunists of all stripes. Starring one of my favorite actors Steve Buscemi. NPR interview.
Swimming to Cambodia is fundamentally an autobiographical monologue, and one only peripherally connected to the (excellent) film that inspired it, The Killing Fields. Those unfamiliar with Spalding Gray’s works may be perplexed by his self-centered, occasionally manic or depressive, and deeply personal ramblings. Gray’s monologues are meant to be watched, not read. It’s difficult to imagine his drawling New England accent, the ironic and self-deprecating humor, and the incredible honesty with which Gray would sit at a table with a glass of water and share, fundamentally, himself. Jonathan Demme’s film does justice to the Spalding Gray live experience, with minimal-but-powerful use of props and sound effects.
Swimming to Cambodia is not the first of what became his signature internal dialogs, but as it is the earliest work available on film, it’s a good place to start. Those who may recognize him from his work in small film roles (Beaches (Special Edition), King of the Hill), or theater (including a much-loved role as the Stage Manager in Our Town) may be surprised to learn of his collection of solo stage work. Some are available only as a manuscript (Sex & Death to the Age 14), others as a sound recording (It’s a Slippery Slope), and three have been filmed (Monster in a Box: The Movie,Gray’s Anatomy), including this piece. Gray’s work should be explored as a whole; the narrative of his life informed and expanded on continuing themes of anxiety, his mother’s battle with mental illness and early-middle-aged suicide, his relationships with women, his eventual fatherhood. His final, unfinished monologue, Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue is accompanied by the epitaphs of those who knew and loved him, and who were saddened by but understood his final succumbing to depression in 2004. Start at the beginning, and get as close to the live versions of his works as you can.
If you’re looking for insight into the political history of Cambodia, or deeper meaning in the Oscar-winning film based on a true story about the friendship between an American journalist and his Cambodian counterpart, you’ve come to the wrong place. Gray does address topics like the sex trade in Cambodia (often graphically), and his experience filming The Killing Fields in Thailand, but he weaves these in with his thoughts on his adopted home town, New York, or a train ride from Philly to Chicago. But if you’re interested in the opportunity for an honest (and often humorous) glimpse into the mind of a brilliant, insightful, and emotionally complicated performer, this is the beginning. Spalding Gray blurred the lines between life and performance, and so I urge you to experience his work as a living process, the way he shared it.
The current issue(Sept. 19,2007) of Rolling Stone features an excerpt from the oral history Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson which will be published by Little, Brown on October 31st. Photos of the writer as a young man (and images of Thompson with the Hells Angels, his boyhood home and more) plus testimonials from those who knew him from the time he was a child in Kentucky through his triumph with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Here’s a taste of the story: Gene McGarr, who lived and worked with Hunter in New York after Hunter was discharged from the Air Force, recounts, “The last thing he did, in November 1957, was to write up a press release describing a riot that took place at Elgin when the enlisted men attacked the women’s quarters and the officer’s mess – stole all the booze, got drunk as shit, attacked the women, beat up two officers. It was a very funny and colorful story – completely fictional, of course – and he sent a copy of it to the AP and to UPI, left a copy on his captain’s desk, then drove like a son of a bitch for the gate.”
The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years – and let the world’s most dangerous oil company get away with murder
Very good interview tonight on NPR- All Things Considered.
At 74, Mr. Allen, the prolific filmmaker and emblematic New Yorker, has hardly found religion. But the idea of faith informs his latest movie, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” which Sony Pictures Classics is to release next Wednesday. In the film, as the marriage of a London couple (Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones) unravels, the wife seeks comfort in the supernatural, which has unforeseen consequences on the marriage of her daughter (Naomi Watts) and her husband (Josh Brolin).
Janis Joplin’s mentor and inspiration. Big Mamma’s last seen performance. JR
I thought the Tornados were gone forever after the deaths of Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm…but here’s a tribute album with great energy. Sahm’s son joining the original gang and a couple of Fender songs (voice too) before he died. Give it a listen. JR
An animated film from Spanish director Fernando Trueba (Belle epoque) about a young couple who meet in Havana in 1948. Chico’s a talented jazz pianist, Rita’s a sultry singer.
If you love 40′s/50′s Cuban music, history of the island with a love story thrown in, then you’ll dig this animated film shown at the Telluride Film Festival a few weeks ago… JR
This Premiered ? at Telluride Film Festival & created a lot of talk. NPR review.
Classic footage of one of the original Mississippi Delta bluesmen playing a National steel guitar (made by National Cash Register Co.).
Muddy Waters performing Hoochie Coochie Man and She’s Nineteen Years Old
As with all collections of literary correspondence, “Jack Kerouac andAllen Ginsberg: The Letters” (Aug. 8) is a supplement to the authors’ published books; a historical record providing insights into their influences, relationships, travels and travails. Through his work as an archivist, bibliographer and biographer for Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan has made significant contributions to Beat scholarship, and he and his co-editor, David Stanford, have made astute selections. This collection illuminates the unique lifelong relationship between two of our most influential modern American authors. More than 50 years after the publication of “On the Road” and “Howl,” their work — and the work of their biographers — deserves more than a condescending review that pays more attention to the authors’ lives than to the value of their art.
“Prostitutes and drunkards and petty criminals populate his tales the way they populate the songs of Johnny Cash.”