From The Smirking Chimp:
Benjamin Franklin, who used his many talents to become a wealthy man, famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. But if you’re a corporate CEO in America today, even they can be put on the back burner – death held at bay by the best medical care money can buy and the latest in surgical and life extension techniques, taxes conveniently shunted aside courtesy of loopholes, overseas investment and governments that conveniently look the other way.
- Bill Moyers
Read the whole article HERE
My friend Cecil sent me a ton of these, for which I thank him. I can only put a few up tonight, but more will come later in the week (Cec, there are soooo many of them!).
WORLD’s Best Graffiti:
- Graffiti Wednesday: Graffiti-by-Permission (jenx67.com)
- Graffiti spree highlights commercial insurance need (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Graffiti speaks, as spray paint comes alive (news.cnet.com)
- How to Get a Graffiti Nail Art Look (bellasugar.com)
- Graffiti Artists Make Great Body Painters (bellasugar.com)
- Photo of the day – abstract graffiti (photographybypixie.wordpress.com)
- Activity #381: Find some excellent graffiti (rookiemoms.com)
I covered for John Case on “Winners and Losers” this morning, and since Monday (even Labor Day Monday) is poetry day on the show, John arranged for local poet Ed Zanheiser to be on with me. Ed read some of his poems and others and we had a great chat about poetry, labor unions, Shepherdstown and other things.
Here’s Ed reading some of his work at the 2008 Montana Wilderness Association Convention. Enjoy.
I’ll be reviewing all 5 plays at the Contemporary American Theater Festival again this year for WSHC. I’m covering dress rehearsals and previews prior to opening nights so I can give our listeners an advanced view of the plays.
I’ll also be putting them on
line here and on Facebook. Watch for them around July 8th.
…based on the Winners And Losers show we do on Friday mornings. To start with, it will probably only be a half hour presentation which we’ll put up right after the Friday show. We’ll cover our favorite subjects like poetry and theatre and politics…lots of politics… and hopefully have a few guests on and a little music.
- Open Thread with The Professional Left Weekly Podcast: Hey, Michele Bachmann! You left out “Atonement.” (crooksandliars.com)
- Podcasts Recommended by GSV Subscribers (sebastianmarshall.com)
- Podcasting 101 with Daniel M. Clark (tjantunen.com)
My old school chum Oakey McKnight sent this one in…
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed–and hence, clamorous to be led to safety–by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Except when it came to his blatant antisemitism, Mencken was rarely wrong.
- the mencken revival (3quarksdaily.com)
- Ephemera in Full (online.wsj.com)
- The Classiest Goddamned Strip Club Gossip You’ve Ever Read [Journalismism] (gawker.com)
- Caught red-handed: Learning from Mencken (psychologytoday.com)
- They Bared Their Brains to Heaven: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (observer.com)
- Book Review: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford (blogcritics.org)
- Last-minute plan: Kerouac in Queens (timeoutny.com)
- Would Kerouac Have Blogged? (globalneighbourhoods.net)
I started enjoying Levine’s work almost fifty years ago when I was a freshman in prep school.
The NY Times, whose Book Review he decorated for decades, said:
Mr. Levine’s drawings never seemed whimsical, like those of Al Hirschfeld. They didn’t celebrate neurotic self-consciousness, like Jules Feiffer’s. He wasn’t attracted to the macabre, the way Edward Gorey was. His work didn’t possess the arch social consciousness of Edward Sorel’s. Nor was he interested, as Roz Chast is, in the humorous absurdity of quotidian modern life. But in both style and mood, Mr. Levine was as distinct an artist and commentator as any of his well-known contemporaries. His work was not only witty but serious, not only biting but deeply informed, and artful in a painterly sense as well as a literate one; he was, in fact, beyond his pen and ink drawings, an accomplished painter.
The Times compared him to the 19th Century greats Honoré Daumier and Thomas Nast, and I think they are correct.
Farewell David Levine.