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Why You Should Read This Book – Economist – Marilyn Monroe?

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At “Dangerous Minds” awhile ago, is a link in China to the film version with Milo O’Shea as Leopold Bloom, Ulysses (1967). In one scene, he has a dream, and as Mayor of Dublin, gives the “Vulcan salute” (from the Hebrew ceremony also used by “Spock” Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek franchise, to say LLAP “Live long and prosper”). It helped re-explain the novel, having seen a number of stage productions (2) of “Ulysses in Night Town” after attempting a too young an age to read it. “Portrait of an artist, as an Old Man” (“Catch-22” author Joseph Heller’s last novel) and various other combinations of that James Joyce work, beg to differ with a selective criticism of the novel mistakenly published as of the work of Matisse about Homer (New York, 1935). Economist

Memory Motel

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Dear Rolling Stones fans,
We’re gearing up to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary with a lot of exciting plans, and we’d appreciate your help with some of them.

Don’t have an image but an article was written in a compendium of essays, one by Leslie Fielder about “Altamont” back in 1974 or so in a Wesleyan University Press book. I had the pleasure of presenting it, but not having seen the film, in a “Seminar in the Arts” by Esther Schwartz at the newly opening Amherst Campus part of the Buffalo University in NY, just before you chaps went on tour and showed up.

Leslie Fielder was in the class, the point of the class to have a different artist from the Buffalo, NY area appear every week and discuss with the class their careers in the Arts. In “Residential Education” the class would assemble in a lounge, at the time, in a new residence hall built by I.M. Pei the Chinese-American architect, whose later new wing addition to the US National Gallery I had the pleasure to visit while excavating at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD, for the National Parks, where the “rockets red glare” and parachute flares illuminated the fort. A 10″ shell is reported to never have exploded outside the “bombproof” the officers latrine was attached to, “a two-seater” brick kidney, in a nice right triangle.

I missed the Buffalo concerts. I think it helped bring the place around a bit. I did enjoy the one concert in Madison Square Garden which I believe opened by Stevie Wonder, and looking at your gig records, Jimi Hendrix was visiting back stage. Check out the BBC recordings of Wonder on drums(?) and Hendrix on guitar(?) if you haven’t, I once heard on a jazz station up around Harriman, NY.

A “Between the Buttons” fan.

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03/28/2012 at 12:48 pm

Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues – The New York Times

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I enjoyed the article and the samples. There’s an opening at the American Museum of Natural History for a Program Assistant/Teacher-in-Training, Live Animal Care Focus. They once had one of those old cases full of live tarantulas! Music reminded me of Al Hirt and boarding up NOLA in the summer of 1979, approaching hurricane fizzled, back to Mississippi.

Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues

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09/06/2011 at 9:19 am

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John Coltrane As A Saint At The Church of John Coltrane

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"The John Coltrane Home is the house in the Dix Hills neighborho­od of Huntington­, Suffolk County, New York. It is where saxophonis­t John Coltrane resided from 1964 until his death in 1967. It was in this home that he composed his landmark work, "A Love Supreme".

In 2007, the home was added to the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places. This honor is rare, given the relatively new constructi­on of the house, but is a reflection of its significan­ce." – Wikipedia

I remember being graded in an elementary school classroom there around 1968 for a classical tenor sax solo piece as part of the NY State Education music program, a former band and music teacher at our Newfield H.S., a Mr. Trucello had been put in charge of in Albany. I’d not heard John Coltrane until I had "Black Pearls" on Prestige Records, Bergenfiel­d, NJ 1964. By the way a complete view of the far-side of the Moon is now available at "Lunar Pioneer" http://bit­.ly/fLO5Sb
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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03/21/2011 at 10:09 pm

N.O. Restaurants

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Just came across this:

Goop: Gwyneth Paltrow’s site’s newsletter has New Orleans restaurant reviews from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. When I was there in 1979 all I recall is the dobro po’ boy singing and buck-dancing and seeing Al Hirt through side door as the hurricane approached. Window shopping for pralines below the Old Man River is odd when they’re closed. Looked in the window of the Voodoo Museum. Ever see that? A little white house I recall. My friend, Lucy from Buffalo now works for the CDC in Atlanta, GA,  flew out to Merida, Yucatan in Mexico anyway, early August storm fizzled and left "only" over four inches of rain. Then wettest summer in recorded history. We stayed in the LaSalle apparently cheap and a favorite with travelers on a budget.

Back across Lake "Pon-chart-rain" in my old ’65 VW, the lighting falling on the coast I passed an armadillo on the way back to Columbus, Mississippi to finish work on the Waverly Plantation Ferry Access, as the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal was being constructed and further work in Tishomingo, MS staying in Belmont, MS up near the Tennessee border. Mary FitzHerbert and I had an interesting time exploring the area too. She bought a dulcimer from a “mountain banjo” instrument maker in Golden, MS. They sell them up in North Carolina at the fiddlers convention.  She left for a bit in the middle as her son got married in the Philippines, works for Dole, had an all bamboo pipe organ play at his wedding. She was from Uruguay, but a Welsh native and though graduated BA Anthropology with me, left after her student experience back for Penalt, near Monmouth near the River Wye to look after her elderly mother on the Hillside Farm, on the Birches Road. Penalt is where Wikipedia has Robert Plant as once living and maybe found solace after losing his son to a liver disease there.

Columbus, Mississippi, was once home to Tennessee Williams, is near the Waverly Mansion in West Point, MS. I recall reading in the newspaper that the Queen of England was the largest single owner of property in that state, something like 14,000 acres? That was in 1979 so don’t quote me but it was around there. At the time Congress chose it over an "energy island" for New York City. That would have created a power generating platform offshore, facilitating easier electrical power generation and cleaner air, cables into the city rather than the various small power plants in it.

http://www.goop.com/newsletter/96/en/ (Gwyneth Paltrow’s  father and brother attended Tulane University. I have a niece Brooke who did)

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10/09/2010 at 12:42 pm

Some history on John Lennon’s birthday…

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From the Long Island newspaper, Newsday, I used to hear once and awhile about John Lennon, once from his chauffeur in the car with Yoko’s mom. They were looking around to buy a place and one was in Bellport where the “Atoms For Peace” US stamp designer once lived. Another time we heard Paul had flown over to Amagansett (?) from Connecticut to have pizza with John. In high school I learned that we were one of the first to have JROTC, on Marshall Drive, Newfield, in Selden, NY named after the lawyer, former judge, who was a “character witness” (judicial no-no) at Susan B. Anthony’s trial, when she was tried for posing as a man to vote in Upstate New York. Well, we had the Marines, the Army was in Paul’s manager’s town in Connecticut and the Navy and Air Force were out on the “Left Coast”. Little Richard was at a tent revival as a minister there I just missed. Last heard there were 20,000 JROTCs in mostly poor schools, cost $1 billion a year,  and the “Defense Monitor” in the early 1990s wondered if they were worth it.

There is a old connection to Liverpool. I’ve worked in urban archaeology, and some of the more patriotic decorated pottery, celebrating the revolution were made there, as were other ceramic tableware. The Quakers, and on both sides of “the pond” here since the 17th century, ran packet-ships with passengers, mail, and wool to there and back in the early 19th century, forever changing the economics of the two cities. “See you in Liverpool” became sailor’s goodbye.

Well, when it became “King Cotton” things started changing a lot, and it led up to a civil war. Some warships were ordered in Great Britain, Scorpion class, (Scorpion class ironclad) Another one was the infamous CSS Alabama, a raider with a disappearing propeller, it sank many commercial ships in the Atlantic and was eventually sunk off Cherbourg, France where some are still buried, by the USS Kearsarge. Great Britain had to pay an enormous amount, in a Swiss negotiated treaty trial, over it. (See Wikipedia)

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10/09/2010 at 12:03 pm

Abbey Road, Arkansas

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Small Arkansas Town Plans Beatles Sculpture – Associated Press

The Beatles flew into this small airport back in 1964 on their way to a dude ranch, and dude, were their arms tired!

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10/04/2010 at 8:10 pm

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