Nadine Gordimer | 1923-2014

NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels

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Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.

Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here


Weekend Flashback: Touched By The Tremendum

The Edge, By Terence McKenna, March 27, 1990

[Speculative, but what the heck...]

First of all, I am delighted to be here. The great thing about being here in New York is you don’t have to worry if you’re the smartest person in the room. What impels me to talk to groups like this is [...]

Half The Population Cannot Remain Silent Forever

I need some help from the ladies.

How does one extrapolate, infer, or deduct and induct the role of women in a society 1,000 years old with pretty much nothing but textile fragments, kitchen and cooking utensils and a very, very thin literary record to go on?

I know I am missing something. And I [...]

Weekend Jukebox: Deja Vu all over again, again

h/t Tina Personal or political, past or present,any genre, but especially dedicated to “Dick” Cheney. . Won’t get fooled again, will we?

Post away!

Hank Snow: A Fool Such as I


Weekend Jukebox: “The Moon in June Falls Mainly on the Loon”

Crazy – wherever you want to take it.

A start:

The Who – “Happy Jack”


Weekend Jukebox: “Shut up and Play the Music”

For all the rock & roll DJ’s, locally famous (I followed NYC radio) in their day, the great music they opened our heads to, and their words we loved or hated. …

What are some great or terrible DJ moments from your rock & roll radio listening?

Some of mine:

1. May 10 1982. [...]

Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, [...]

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

USA TODAY, By Bob Minzesheimer, April 17

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes, died today in Mexico City at the age of 87.

Garcia Marquez, a former journalist who was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico for more than 30 years, is best [...]

Eight wisdoms from Arundhati Roy

Roy talks with great insight about: Capitalism, activism, Gandhi, non violence etc.

When Roy read from her essay, Listening to Grasshoppers, she said the problem with representative democracy is that there is “too much representation and not enough democracy.” She talked about how corporations have created structures that increase their decision-making power, leaving the rest [...]

Beautiful art expressing an ugly world

Politicians discussing climate change until the very end

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series “Waiting for Climate Change,” Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw attention to rising sea level change. Laced with black humor, these grim and apocalyptic [...]

Saturday Jukebox: Erin go bragh!

Moonshiner – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem


Rust Cohle’s Conversion – True Detective Finale

This world is a veil and the face you wear is not your own. Preacher Joel Theriot, True Detective

Tent preacher Joel Theriot’s full sermon from episode three of True Detective provides a preview and explanation of detective Rust Cohle’s conversion from a laconic nihilist extraordinaire who can barely live with himself to an [...]

Thug Notes: Slaughterhouse Five

12 Years a Slave

Photo Credit

It’s rare that Oscar sees things my way:


Iditarod race draws dogs and mushers to Alaska for epic contest

Annual dog-sled marathon attracts 69 entrants Dog teams to make ceremonial start in Anchorage on Sunday

Reuters, March 1

Dozens of mushers and their sled-dog teams will on Saturday mark a ceremonial start to Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, which takes contestants through nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of wilderness over [...]