May 21st, 2007

Chris Keeley

The Sopranos Meet The Hippies by Paul Krassner

The Sopranos Meet The Hippies by Paul Krassner

Paul Krassner, founder of The Realist and co-founder of the Yippies kindly gave us this essay for publication on Boing Boing.

Spoiler alert: Please don't read this if you haven't seen the May 13 episode of The Sopranos but you still plan to.

The Sopranos Meet The Hippies by Paul Krassner

I usually watch The Sopranos at 9 p.m. on HBO, but this time I watched the East Coast feed at 6 p.m., so that I could also catch a two-hour documentary about hippies on the History channel at 8 p.m.

Paul Brownfield, one of the best TV critics around, wrote in his review of The Sopranos in the Los Angeles Times:

“Tony Soprano offed his nephew Christopher [in the wake of a car wreck, by squeezing his nose so that he would choke on his own blood], and in the nephew’s dying eyes our beloved protagonist became, finally, despicable and lost, beyond empathy....He dialed the numbers 9 and 1 on his cellphone before deciding that his own life would be easier, all in all, without the kid, whose drug addiction was bound to get them all ensnared by the feds....Sunday night’s episode concluded with Tony in the Nevada desert, loaded on peyote after an all-nighter with one of Christopher’s goomahs, screaming, ‘I did it!’ His face was a riot of tears, torment and unbidden glee.”

“That's funny,” I e-mailed Brownfield. “I thought Tony peformed a mercy killing, putting Christopher out of his misery, as well as getting him out of the way. At least he did it BEFORE taking peyote.”

“Yeah,” he replied. “By the way I fucked up: Tony screams ‘I get it!’ at the end, not ‘I did it!’ I think ‘I get it!’ is probably more in the spirit of peyote buttons.”

“I agree,” I responded, “although I also thought it was ‘I did it!’ and in fact I compared it to the time when Abbie Hoffman was in a Las Vegas hotel room while he was on the lam, shouting ‘I'm Abbie Hoffman!’--when ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ was a practice if not yet an advertising slogan.”

As for The Hippies, I asked a couple of fellow participants for their reactions.

Ken Babbs, sidekick of Ken Kesey in the roving band of Merry Pranksters:

“The reviews are in. The show sucked. I'm glad we don’t get that channel so I don’t ever have to watch the show. Zane [Kesey’s son] said he was ashamed to have had anything to do with it. Further disinformation--that picture of a bus, calling it the Ken Kesey prankster bus. I suppose it doesn’t do any good to point out that it is not Further but someone else’s bus, for as time goes on whatever anyone portrays as reality works just fine, for anyone who was there is probably dead by now, if not in body then probably in mind. Or as that girl shouted for a couple of hours at the Watts acid test, ‘Who cares?’ Yes, who. Who indeed.”

And Carolyn Garcia aka Mountain Girl, former wife of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia:

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Andrew Henderson: Reachout Village

http://www.andrewhendersonphotography.com/

Andrew Henderson: Reachout Village

Andrew Henderson: Reachout Village. "...Reachout Village Ministries is a Christian ministry for orphans, most of whose parents died of HIV/ AIDS. Located outside Kampala, Uganda Reachout Village Ministries offers housing and schooling for around three hundred children, grade one to seven. The photo essay is a look into this school's life and daily activities." From Andrew Henderson Photography.

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Chris Keeley

Headlines for May 21, 2007

Headlines for May 21, 2007

Monday, May 21st, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/21/1416217

- Israel Bombs Home of Hamas Lawmaker; 8 Killed
- 40 Die in Lebanon In Heaviest Internal Fighting Since Civil War
- Number of Private Contractors Killed in Iraq Soars
- Iraq's VP Al-Hashemi Criticizes Proposed Iraqi Oil Law
- Jimmy Carter: Bush's Foreign Policy "Worst in History"
- Red Cross: U.S. Bombing Leaves 2,000 Homeless in Afghanistan
- U.S. Commander Jailed for Leaking Names of Gitmo Detainees
- Costa Rica Stops Sending Officers to U.S. Military School
- Anti-War Activists Shut Down Part of Port of Oakland


 

Israel Bombs Home of Hamas Lawmaker; 8 Killed
Eight Palestinians have died

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Chris Keeley

an important new biography called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. It will be published in 2009.

an important new biography called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. It will be published in 2009. 

Manning Marable on "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"

Monday, May 21st, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/21/1416224

Today we spend the hour examining the life of Malcolm X - one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. Saturday would have been his 82nd birthday. We broadcast excerpts of Malcolm X in his own words and speak to Columbia University Professor Manning Marable who is working on a major biography titled "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" to be published in 2009. Marable is the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. [includes rush transcript - partial]

 

 

  • Malcolm X, speaking Feb. 1965, six days before he was assassinated.

     

  • Manning Marable, Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He is author of many books including "Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future" and helped edit the "Autobiography Of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches."

     

  • Malcolm X, speaking out against the war in Vietnam on August 10, 1963 at the Black Front Unity Rally.

     

  • Malcolm X, an excerpt from his famous speech "By Any Means Necessary," June 28, 1964 at the founding rally of the Organization of African American Unity.

AMY GOODMAN: Today, we spend the hour examining the life and death of Malcolm X, one of the most influential political figures of the twentieth century. Saturday would have been Malcolm X's eighty-second birthday. This is Malcolm X speaking a week before he was assassinated in 1965.

    MALCOLM X: …my house was bombed.

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Richardson Joins Presidential Race

My Candidate for President

http://www.richardsonforpresident.com



Richardson Joins Presidential Race

By NEDRA PICKLER
The Associated Press
Monday, May 21, 2007; 1:18 PM

 

LOS ANGELES -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson vowed to repair the "ravages" of the Bush administration Monday as he formally announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in prepared remarks.

Richardson said his track record makes him the right person to lead the country through a pivotal time.

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the few surviving masterpieces from the earliest days of color photography, made using a process dev

the few surviving masterpieces from the earliest days of color photography, made using a process developed by the Lumière brothers in France and imported to the United States by the photographer Edward Steichen a century ago this year



This century-old Edward Steichen autochrome, probably of Charlotte Spaulding, has been discovered after decades in storage. 



Charlotte Spaulding, around 1908, by Edward Steichen

A Splash of Photo History Comes to Light

At first glance the two pictures seem to be gorgeous anachronisms, full-color blasts from the black-and-white world of 1908, the year Ford introduced the Model T and Theodore Roosevelt was nearing the end of his second term.

But they are genuine products of their time, rare ones, among the few surviving masterpieces from the earliest days of color photography, made using a process developed by the Lumière brothers in France and imported to the United States by the photographer Edward Steichen a century ago this year. They were taken by Steichen, probably in Buffalo, and are thought to be portraits of Charlotte Spaulding, a friend and student who became his luminous subject for the portraits, which resemble pointillist miniatures on glass.

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he has introduced a wealth of evidence (photographs, news clips and archival footage) and a sprawlin

he has introduced a wealth of evidence (photographs, news clips and archival footage) and a sprawling cast of characters (patients, health care workers and Washington politicians), each another piece in the evolving puzzle. How did we get here and why?, Mr. Moore asks in his faux-folksy, at times icky-sticky voice-over. 
Aw, Shucks! Provocateur Takes on Health Care

CANNES, France, May 20 — Three years after conquering the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Palme d’Or for “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore has returned the amour big time with “Sicko,” his most fluid provocation to date. A persuasive, insistently leftist indictment of the American health care system, as well as a funny valentine to all things French — and many things Canadian, British and Cuban — the film shows that while Mr. Moore remains a radical partisan, he has learned how to sell his argument with a softer touch. He’s still the P. T. Barnum of activist cinema, but he no longer runs the entire circus directly from the spotlight.

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