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Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

  What’s your mood and modus operandi? We’ve got many rooms, one for every need and every provisional alliance, each contingency. Sound-proofed so your experience will not be compromised. Here’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: “The General” by Buster Keaton (full length feature)

. Orson Welles called Buster Keaton’s 1926 film The General “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” Though … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.” Supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, and Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

. In this short animated video from Blank on Blank based on a 1967 interview with Studs Terkel, Hunter S. Thompson talks about the year he spent living and drinking … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Will the real Rosie Doonan please stand up?

Promotion of twin sisters has gone cuckoo at Cuckoo Records. . . Email subscribers may watch the videos by clicking on the title of this post. — Cissie Redgwick is … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Heartfelt Message to our President from Keith Olbermann

. What kind of man is Donald Trump? In this video for the web series The Resistance, Olbermann calls Trump a “jackass” 27 times, and even refers to him as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Restraint

It takes great effort on my part, walking the colorful, tree-lined streets on these fresh and beautiful new spring days, not to turn to the next person coming my way, … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Billy Clem: Spring in White

It’s April and the robins have returned and shit streaks long and white as pulled, uncolored taffy. They christen budding lawns, walkways, and streets   clear now for the ice … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Loretta Collins Klobah: Cardboard Oscars

In his last week of presidency, Barack Obama commutes the sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera (El Viejo), who is released after serving thirty-five years for “seditious conspiracy.” When … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Diga Diga Doo

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, is a contemporary swing revival band specializing in covering popular American songs from the 1930s and 40s. Email subscribers may click … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, The Counterfeit Nomad

Drunk, he was pulled from charger Left impaled on bush and tree Now lives near 15 deerhounds With more respect than he. Perpetual nomad, had he but been like Byron … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 2 Comments