Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The I’m-Not-Ugly American - New York Times

The I’m-Not-Ugly American - New York Times
This summer was the first time in 50 years that I felt real resentment about my nationality but then again maybe some young French people just resented my age. "Ugly Old American"?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Greatest Poets of the 20th Century

Thoughts on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost « ‘The Road Lestraveleded’

T.S. Elliot, was certainly one of the greatest poets of the 20thth Century along with W.H. Auden, Allen Ginsburg, Ezra Pound, Ted Hughes, Langston Hughes, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Frost , Dylan Thomas,and a.e.Cummings.
T.S. Elliot, more than any of the others successfully conveyed the "angst und drang" of the century. Tedious frivolity and meanlingless communication were frequent subjects of his poems but there was as well a strong trace of Buddhist feeling to most of his latter works.
Ginsburg conveyed the desperate frustration and sadness of his era in "Howl".
Auden suggested the ennui of the pre-war era.

No one, so far has suggested nominees for the "20 th Century Poets Hall of Fame"
Any takers?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Oddly Enough News Article |

Oddly Enough News Article |
Jeremiah Compton, a high school junior who plays in a local metal-and-punk band, agreed. "It's just that we're bored and expressing our right,"
HS students in Brattleboro VT. are doing hula hoop & more w/o clothing.

Nonconformity Is Skin Deep - New York Times

Nonconformity Is Skin Deep - New York Times: "And thatÂ’s the most delightful thing about the whole tattoo fad. A cadre of fashion-forward types thought they were doing something to separate themselves from the vanilla middle classes but are now discovering that the signs etched into their skins are absolutely mainstream. They are at the beach looking across the acres of similar markings and learning there is nothing more conformist than displays of individuality, nothing more risk-free than rebellion, nothing more conservative than youth culture.

Another generation of hipsters, laid low by the ironies of consumerism."

That about says it all folks. Except for another view of the tattoos; one from a guy who spent a couple of years taking photographs of tattooed and scarified people in Africa, Polynesia, America and Europe. I haven't seen his book yet but I can imagine it and I was impressed by a remark he made on Public Radio when asked if he had
any idea people mutilated their bodies and he said that it was all about "affiliation". Anybody remember the Mexican-American street gangs of East L.A. where every member had diy tattos on his hands and fingers?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sex change for JonBenet killer?

Sex change for JonBenet killer?
The lengths humans will go to in order to find some recognition are truly amazing. Most of the world's political assasins were motivated by their need for recognition. Remember Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinkley etc.?

Truce Strained as Israelis Raid Lebanon Site - New York Times

Truce Strained as Israelis Raid Lebanon Site - New York Times
Was the White House involved in this?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mama He Sold the Farm

Less than two miles from my home in south west Austin, there was this wonderful small (by Texas standards) farm. It was surrounded by a huge shopping center that included all the usual suspects like Home Depot, Circuit City, Linens etc. They had a couple of donkeys who grazed accross the road from Pier One and a bunch of cows grazing opposite Circuit City. Nice barns outbuildings and tractors - it was the real thing and looked like the farm had been there for quite a while.

Today when I drove by, the farm was gone and bulldozers were grading the ground for the construction of more temples of the Church of Consumerism. It happened so fast that it had a major effect on my mood. I got a bad case of the "There They Go Again Blues". Pretty soon the whole country is going to be one huge shopping mall; from "Sea to Shining Sea". Mile after mile of Borders, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and Burger Kings, Circuit City, Cosco, Compuserve, & on and on.

"All the lonely people, where do they all come from" They'll shop 'til they drop and then get up and shop some more. Trying so hard to fill the emptiness of their lives with all the shit they don't need and can't afford.
"That one don't work? Okay, try this Visa, I just got it the other day.
I got more than twenty cards and I'm maxed out on fifteen but I just gotta have that phone with the vibrator attachment"

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Radio with Pictures aka "TV"

An entry posted on Blog ladder and my reply
"Why We Never Got to the Chapter on Nostalgia... by austinslin
I used to by radio shows on tape when I was in elementary school. Radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s like The Shadow, Arch Obler's Lights Out, Suspense---I suppose I had leanings toward the creepier serials..."

I replied:"I heard all the shows: The Shadow, Jack Armstong, The Green Hornet, Lux Radio Theater, Grand Central Station, The Theater Guild on the Air etc./i] lying on my stomach, in the dark, listening to the Radio!
We didn't have tape then and television was still an S.F. fantasy.
What I miss is the opportunity to imagine. Visualising what "The Green Hornet" and his car looked like and what kind of a kid "Kato" was.
I think we lost a lot when we got "Radio with pictures" (aka TV)

My kids and now my grandchildren missed the chance to excercise their imaginations.
To make them stonger and more powerful. To "see" things in their heads instead of in "Living Color" on a 44 inch screen.

They were "the good old days" and I miss them a lot (and not just for the radio shows)"

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Your Congress at Work


" is facing a new threat on Capitol Hill.

MySpace and other social-networking sites like and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the category's most ardent users. "and "that's a broad category that covers far more than social-networking sites such as Friendster and Google's It would also sweep in a wide range of interactive Web sites and services, including, AOL and Yahoo's instant-messaging features."


"Israel puts another 10,000 troops into Lebanon and the Lebanese are using bulldozers to bury their dead.
Israeli commandos raid hospital in Baalbek"
and the "beat" goes on...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006