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THE LANGLEY SCHOOLS MUSIC PROJECT Innocence and Despair (Bar/None)
Hans Fenger was a gifted teacher on a mission. Cutting keepsake vinyl for his kiddie choir was a great way for him to reward past involvement while inspiring more. Irwin Chusid is a tedious ideologue with a hustle. Turning that vinyl into a collectible CD is the latest way for him to remind the converted that artistic intention is reserved for the beholder in these postmodern times—especially if the beholder has a hustle. A few of these songs were great, a few of them sucked, and every one was more innocent and/or desperate in its original version except Barry Manilow's (but not the Bay City Rollers'). A special annoyance is the reportedly tear-jerking "Desperado" by a 10-year-old who doesn't seem to have any idea what the song means, which is to her credit as a human being but not as a singer. The sole revelation is Brian Wilson, whose six songs still sound like themselves. C MINUS


- bill 4-29-2002 6:04 pm [link] [add a comment]

Waitaminnit, is this what one has to look forward to in Montana?

Blizzards, hunger, scorching sun, forest fires, the neighbors, and more

- alex 4-29-2002 5:51 pm [link] [add a comment]

"One was a species of falcon called the Eurasian kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), a long-tailed, swift-flying bird about a foot long or longer. The other was a shorebird called a Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva), a plump creature about 10 inches long, with a black belly and golden highlights in its feathers."
- dave 4-25-2002 1:31 pm [link] [1 comment]

Legendary ad man, and media screamer, Jay Chiat is dead.
- alex 4-24-2002 6:06 pm [link] [add a comment]

pre-vu lou
- dave 4-22-2002 10:08 pm [link] [add a comment]

Jacques Yves Cousteau with some interesting views on population, envioronmental activism, dolphins, global warming and an optimistic statement about the world's fish populations.
- steve 4-21-2002 3:20 am [link] [1 comment]

i am amazed that it took me this long to get a backyard space....yes it involved moving out of NYC due to costs but now i have a 20 foot forsithia(sp?), lilac, roses, roderdendrums (sp?), herb garden, violets, etc besides cahirs, tables, bugs, and soon a grill....
- Skinny 4-20-2002 4:09 pm [link] [1 ref] [12 comments]

There was recently a big write up in the local (New Orleans) paper about those parrots I had been seeing, they are Quaker Parakeets, aka, Monk Parakeets, and they are thriving here. So there is clearly more of them around than just the eleven I had counted.

"Note: The Quaker Parakeet is outlawed in many states, including : California, Wyoming, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Georgia. The reason they are outlawed in several states is because they are considered a potential agricultural pest. There are now established breeding colonies ( originally escaped pets) in several states, including New York, New Jersey, New Orleans-Louisiana, Dallas-Texas, Bridgeport/Fairfield CT, and Illinois."

- jimlouis 4-19-2002 9:57 pm [link] [2 comments]

thors hammer goes quiet
- dave 4-19-2002 3:55 pm [link] [add a comment]

Oldest Bird Clocks 5 Million Miles
- julie 4-18-2002 7:19 pm [link] [2 comments]

Alex, could you do somthing about the pollen coming off all these decorative fruit trees they've planted all over the area. It's thick enough to write your name on the hood of the cars parked under them. I dont even have alergies and my lungs feel tuburcular.
- bill 4-18-2002 4:05 pm [link] [2 comments]

I can't find toms original post but Gary Wilson is playing Joe's Pub 5/15 @ 8:00 as per Brian.
- bill 4-18-2002 3:42 pm [link] [add a comment]

Preview/delete bug bit again. For those who missed it, this thread derived from Wheel's absinthe post.
- alex 4-16-2002 6:53 pm [link] [add a comment]

For the first time in more than 50 years, Eastern screech owls have successfully bred in Central Park.
- dave 4-16-2002 3:12 pm [link] [8 comments]

This is pure newspeak: the administration is adopting the term "homicide bomber" instead of "suicide bomber". When we sacrifice ourselves we're "heroes"; when they sacrifice themselves they're just murderers. If we eliminate the word that indicates their degree of commitment, maybe they'll just go away. If not, we'll have to hit 'em with one of our atomic homicide devices.
- alex 4-15-2002 3:39 pm [link] [1 comment]

This is amusing: warbloggerwatch keeps track of the rantings of pro-war crazies and makes a running acerbic commentary.
- tom moody 4-13-2002 3:46 am [link] [add a comment]

Search alert:
"point+pelee+topless" and "difference+between+faith+and+knowledge"
Porno and philosophy on the same log; do I cover the bases or what? (or maybe I just use too damn many words). Unfortunately, nobody with blocking software will ever find my "pictures+of+pussy+willow+trees".

- alex 4-11-2002 6:48 pm [link] [2 comments]

When I was posting the article on Gary Wilson on my Miscellaneous page, I noticed a tag in the New York Times's html for the piece. The article mentions someone picking up a burger at McDonald's, and that word is followed by this tag (invisible unless you're looking at the source code):

org idsrc="NYSE" value="MCD,MCJ,MCW"/

What's going on here? Is this a way for major advertisers to track how many mentions it gets in the Times? If so, that's fucked up, yo! I can't think of any innocent reason for doing this.
- tom moody 4-10-2002 5:32 pm [link] [4 comments]

where were we talking about donahue? anyway, hes back.
- dave 4-09-2002 6:12 pm [link] [2 comments]

Page Six it ain't.
The Papua New Guinea Gossip Newsletter

- alex 4-05-2002 9:45 pm [link] [add a comment]

"We're using dogs in their purest form"
I don't want to see what they do with cats.

- alex 4-05-2002 9:39 pm [link] [add a comment]

Earlier Bird
The Prothonotary Warbler is a favorite of mine; now it's back, with a message about global warming.
- alex 4-05-2002 3:41 pm [link] [add a comment]

jim/mb email alert--please check:>)
- Skinny 4-05-2002 1:40 pm [link] [add a comment]

IMHO Richter has made some of the
most beautiful paintings in the history of art
- Skinny 4-02-2002 7:45 pm [link] [9 comments]

Here's a cogent passage from that Gopnik article on Popper that Dratfink had posted.

But what really underlay the contradiction between what he thought and what he was, I now think, after a quarter-century's reflection, is a perversity of human nature so deep that it is almost a law-the Law of the Mental Mirror Image. We write what we are not. It is not merely that we fail to live up to our best ideas but that our best ideas, and the tone that goes with them, tend to be the opposite of our natural temperament. Rousseau wrote of the feelings of the heart and the beauties of nature while stewing and seething in a little room. Dr. Johnson pleaded for Christian stoicism in desperate fear of damnation. The masters of the wry middle style, Lionel Trilling and Randall Jarrell, were mired in sadness and confusion. The angry and competitive man (James Thurber) writes tender and rueful humor because his own condition is what he seeks to escape. The apostles of calm reason are hypersensitive and neurotic…
I just want to say how true it is. And if any of you have been taken in by that namby-pamby, new age nonsense posted elsewhere, well, just let me assure you that it's strictly therapeutic. I require the bandwidth in order to dispense with these awful impulses of love and understanding that torment me. I am so thankful to have this means of eliminating my baggage, so that I can get back to my real business of being one nasty bastard!
- alex 4-01-2002 6:34 pm [link] [1 comment]