8 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 12, 2022

  1. John Baird, I like the perhaps inadvertent word play of the phrase “sound government policies” in your page today. Unfortunately, such things are rare to the point that the phrase is more likely to be used as an example of an oxymoron instead of a guiding principle.

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  2. BRENDAN, I once walked away from school, convinced that award-lust was destroying my relationship with words. Writing under another name can be freeing, perhaps most of all from the deadweight and procrastination accelerant that is the fantasy/longing that we only have one authentic voice, if only we could ever find it…..Not unlike the way Thomas Wolfe’s engineer constructed an entire world around the two women who would wave to him as he sped by everyday on his train. I say write under a hundred names, develop a hundred voices. They are all, each of them, yours. More, they will all, each of them, enlarge the boundaries of that which you know as “I” and “me.”

    JVC, great post today. It’s of a theme with my wonderings to Thomas Wolfe and Claire about what it is about trains, bicycles, our feet, and–with your post today–cars, that encourage certain moods of (dis)engagement and (mis)perception. How we move through the world cannot be separated from how we see it (and vice versa). Ask MIKE in SUQUAMISH, who runs barefoot (very belated happy birthday, Mike!).

    DRO&I, every time I get irritated at the plethora of supermarket flyers, I think about how many people use them to find the miniscule discounts and manipulative sales that allow them to eke out a week’s worth of food for their families on minimum wage (and now with 7% inflation). Some hire white shoe law firms to read the tax codes for loopholes that allow them to shield their billions; others read the weekly supermarket circulars for the 10 cent discount on Wonderbread. Same hermeneutics, same sick system, different stakes (steaks).

    – dbd

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  3. Roger — I like your take on Janis Joplin. Personally, I really enjoy her music, but I come from a time and place when folks debated the merits of almost anything — quite energetically, sometimes — and still emerged as friends and compatriots. Each of your points is well-taken. From the start, Janis was an acquired taste. When I survey my preferences for singers, especially female, I come down decidedly in the “quirky” camp. If you haven’t seen it, the documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” won’t likely change your mind, but it did present some interesting details of which I was unaware. She came out of a specific time and place that is unlikely to ever be repeated.

    Kent — Amen to your blockchain take. Highly suspect egalitarian motives aside, it always was a clunky “solution” to an effectively non-existent problem.

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  4. Brendan — Glad you liked it. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Little Girl Blue. Seems like that’s where I got the Cavett quote. I do like some of Janis’s music on occasion. I recall being impressed with Piece Of My Heart when I first heard it in 1968. Hers was a different female voice from what we’d been hearing. And she was a show stopper, that’s for sure. David Crosby said she owned the Monterey Pop Festival, and that’s saying something, given the lineup. By the way, my ear tells me that’s Bloomfield’s solo and maybe even the slide guitar that opens One Good Man, but he’s bot credited on either the LP or CD notes. Still, his sound is unmistakeable, especially if you’ve heard Super Sessions.

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  5. @abd – The Cassandra novel was more than I expected. Millie seemed very average and normal in the beginning but she certainly proved to be quite the opposite before long. I kept hoping things would turn out differently for her but in the end I think she was right where she wanted to be. It was an interesting story.

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