Night Music: Benny and the Jets

June 28, 2016

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Let Them Eat Versailles

June 28, 2016

Today is the anniversary of the signing of perhaps the most disastrous treaty in history — the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended the Great War and which inexorably and inevitably led to the Second World War.

Versailles

The Treaty proved that financial greed, land grabs, and bitter vengeance were no basis for a lasting peace.


Image: Cans

June 27, 2016

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Poem: Complaints Desk

June 27, 2016

 

She fumed

and fumed loud.

 

And as she

disabused me

of my place

in the human

race — given

my lineage

must be replete

with morons and

monkeys —

her otherwise neat

and clipped

peroration

was interlarded

with sailors’ slang

and potty talk,

and ended with

a red-faced

squalk.

 

“Fair dinkum, gal,”

I replied,

smiling the smile

that’ll usually

sink ’em.

Stonefaced,

nothing.  I sighed

and completed

the refund

that would send

her away.

 

Thank God

I’m stoned

all day.

 


Celebrating Emma Goldman and the Wobblies

June 27, 2016

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Today we celebrate the birthday of the inspiring anarchist Emma Goldman.

It is also the 111th anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World which seems perfectly apt.

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Bill Cunningham R.I.P.

June 26, 2016

The wonderfully individualistic fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died today at the age of 87. I will miss his constant presence in the NYT.  Here is the trailer to a grand documentary made about him a few years ago.  I saw the whole thing just a few months ago.


Night Music: I Fall To Pieces

June 26, 2016