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  • What It Was Like

    A Novel of Love and Consequence

    "It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."

    So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged,
    and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.

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    "Once I started reading I had to finish the book as fast as I could." 
    - Stan Chervin, screenwriter. Academy Award nominee for Moneyball

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  • Post-Thanksgiving -- and Pre-Trump -- Blues (with Suggested Remedies)

    I'm still in shock from the election results. David Remnick of The New Yorker called it a "hallucination." I think it might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

    Maybe the recount in Wisconsin can change things. (I wouldn't put it past that vermin/slug/reptile Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP trying to steal the election, besides the tens of thousands of voters they threw off the rolls through voter suppression.) And Michigan and Pennsylvania, too. Some of the results there seem strange. We'll see what happens. Probably nothing.

    So we must prepare for the next four years. How bad will it be? Pretty bad, I'm afraid.
    It's already bad, and it hasn't even started. A Neo-Nazi sympathizer in the corner office of the White House? A proven enemy of public education as the Secretary of Education? Trump's daughter sitting in on a meeting with the Japanese prime minister? A racist Attorney General? Trump passing on intelligence briefings to Tweet gossip? Fox News "analysts" in key national security positions? Rudy Giuliani in any position?

    It's not like there is a sensible GOP to keep Trump in line; they're as crazy and irresponsible as he is. ("Hey, let's close down the government!") Maybe worse. If Trump doesn't last four years – and I don't think he will – that leaves us with President Pence. Arguably worse. He's a true believer.

    SEND IN THE CLOWNS – Judi Dench – from the BBC Proms 2010
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeA8AlctmSw

    SEND IN THE CLOWNS – Judi Dench – from a 1995 revival of "A Little Night Music"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04E8Y8nDfRQ

    SEND IN THE CLOWNS – Glynis Johns and Len Cariou recreate the original scene
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAl-EawVobY

    So what do we do? Here are a few suggestions:

    FIGHT BACK

    Join an organization, work in your community, back a cause or a progressive candidate you believe in. It doesn't matter what you do, but do something.

    Get ready for the 2018 mid-term elections when we can throw some of these crazies out.

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Currently I'm

Reading...

everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... a nice long biography of ELIZABETH I  ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books

Listening to...

Deezer! ... Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always ... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ...  ... too much Pandora (lots of Chopin) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch!

Watching...

As much news as I can stomach ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD (comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies ... and the struggles of the Lakers and Clippers