“I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.” Who said it? Continue reading
“I don’t believe in this fairy tale of staying together for ever. Ten years with somebody is enough.” Who said it? Continue reading
“There ought to be limits to freedom.” Who said it? Continue reading
But he is Richard Nixon.
I had the great pleasure of recently seeing the production. As a politics junkie and student of American political history, particularly of the Watergate debacle, I couldn’t pass it up. And I anticipated from having seen Stuart’s remarkable performance as Robert Scott in 2009’s Terra Nova that he would surely immerse himself in this unique role as well.
My high expectations were Continue reading
I just found out an amusing fact about old Shane MacGowan, the brilliant songsmith who founded one of Celtic rock’s most celebrated bands and is somehow still with us after years of reckless merriment, spirits having literally preserved him.
Another influential musician (albeit in a different genre) recounted something from his youth in England that involved the mischievous Mr. MacGowan:
At my previous school in London I was good friends with Shane. He and I used to sit together in the back row of English Lit. He was extremely smart.
On one occasion during a boring reading of some classic novel or other, the teacher spotted me and Shane nattering. He singled me out saying something like, “What figure of speech is ‘indubitably’… Robertson?”
Shane whispered under his breath: “It’s an onanism.”
Ha. “IT’S AN ONANISM, SIR!” I blurted out.
Which I did. Much to the delight of Shane and the rest of the class.
“When I lie on the beach there naked, which I do sometimes, and I feel the wind coming over me and I see the stars up above and I am looking into this very deep, indescribable night, it is something that escapes my vocabulary to describe. Then I think: ‘God, I have no importance. Whatever I do or don’t do, or what anybody does, is not more important than the grains of sand that I am lying on, or the coconut that I am using for my pillow.'” Who said it? Continue reading
“Television is an invention whereby you can be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! Continue reading
“If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s earth.” Who said it? Continue reading
“My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” Who said it? Continue reading
The great medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer created timeless characters in his Canterbury Tales; archetypal personalities such as the Wife of Bath and the Miller endure to this day. Through them Chaucer could readily celebrate, criticize and satirize different aspects of the society of his time. Additionally, Chaucer, as a public servant and man of the people, preserved a vernacular that may otherwise have been lost.
The late Richard Pryor, often hailed as the greatest comic to ever take the stage, is the American Chaucer. A master storyteller in the grand tradition of West African griots, fired by passion and pain, possessed of keen insight, he was also a brilliant impersonator with amazing range, an intuitive actor who never got his due, a social critic, a writer, a folklorist, a philosopher, and, most importantly, one funny motherfucker… Continue reading
Arianna Huffington once put the squeeze on Jimmy Kimmel, and in the strangest way possible. Start the video at 0:53 to get right to the… er, bottom of this.
X-posted from Jazz from Hell