I had the good fortune, in the 1980s, to do research in the original historic British Library. Today, a segment of it is preserved within the British Museum. When I walked in and looked around a few years ago, I found myself with a lump in my throat. I asked a guard if many people had an emotional reaction to revisiting the place and he said many visitors find themselves in tears and tell him stories of what they once studied and wrote there.
Just saw a ref. to Ibiza. I feel fortunate to have fond memories of the beaches and parties decades ago when it was just good time decadent and outrageous and quite beautiful – – not yet so ridiculously glitzy and non-stop over-the-top.
Django was born 100 years ago today. “Music in the form of a man” one fellow musician called him. Le Jazz Hot? Absolutely. But Nuages spoke to the soul of occupied France.
Need this just now as a balm to the spirit.
Friend Connie and I recall going to see our first Rohmer film many years ago, My Night At Maud’s, and feeling like convent school dinosaurs. Although we are not Catholic, some of our eclectic education was at the hands of old school, old world nuns in the days of the Latin Mass, and the arcane theological debates in the film seemed commonplace to us.
In no particular order, you name it, if it’s progressive Scott Brown has spoken or voted against it: filed legislation to allow hospitals to refuse emergency contraception in rape cases; says Wall St. and bank bonuses are legit; indicated on CNN Obama’s mother was not married; voted against funding mammograms for the uninsured; against same sex marriage, of course; claims he knows little about tea partiers although he has spoken at a number of their rallies; doubts there is any human influence on global warming; defends water boarding; has pledged to vote against any congressional health care plan, supports Israeli settlements. . . He’s solidly far right, but also not very bright so he’s a real follower. As a personality he can be really mean-spirited as well. His campaign has been a fascinating example of the power of hate-mongering media. All the little Rush-lings on the many talk stations hereabouts have been whipping their listeners and callers into an anti-Obama, anti-Kennedy legacy frenzy on Brown’s behalf. And it has worked. Coakley is solid, but bland as a personality. Brown is clearly dim but quite photogenic. Rough days.
Candidate Brown criticized Coakley for speaking at MLK Breakfast calling it a political gesture. Smooth move for a ruthless hypocrite who would never accept such an invitation because he and his followers want nothing to do with King and his beliefs.
Olbermann tears Limbaugh, Robertson apart http://is.gd/6ea9U