December 28, 2020

Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck

You have to read a Deborah Eisenberg short story as carefully as you should have read your lease. Otherwise, the ending is like an eviction without notice. Can she do that? Um, yes.

July 1, 2020

Perry Mason

'50's TV Perry Mason was tightly scripted and elegantly choreographed - a major advance in TV drama at the time and one the best series, ever. HBO's prequel is a bloated, pandering abomination. World War I trench warfare! Murdered tots with eyes sewed open! The young Perry shellshocked and alcoholic (and vigorously heterosexual)! An origin story for Raymond Burr's Perry is completely unnecessary --- but it is worth pointing out '50's Perry was sexually ambiguous, lived alone and never had a girlfriend. Raymond Burr was in a committed gay relationship most of his adult life. Wouldn't it have been more interesting to chart Perry's development from shy, gay teenager to prominent criminal lawyer? Also, Raymond Burr solved a crime each week in 50 minutes -- looks like prequel Perry will take the whole mini-series. And, Burr was cool -here's a screen grab from S1, E15 The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse (December 28, 1957). Perry is meeting a client in a record shop listening booth -- Miles Davis's 1957 'Round About Midnight prominently displayed.

June 8, 2020

More Perspective on 'Looting' from HYPERALLERGIC

“Looting”: The Revolt of the Oppressed
by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
HYPERALLERGIC (June 5, 2020)

"The genesis of the term “loot” in colonial India has racist origins. Now, after the US president called for the killing of those “looting,” its origins become increasingly significant .... " (continue reading here )

Perspective on 'Looting'

"the real hustlers steal billions
From the unsuspecting millions
That's programmed to think they can win"
- Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin a/k/a Lightnin' Rod (but I always think of Melle Mel)

June 2, 2020

Emory Douglas ...

Emory Douglas (born 1943)

William Gropper ...

William Gropper (1897-1977)
Little Steel (c.1938) 
Oil on canvas, 33¾" x 44½"

Louis Lozowick ....

Louis Lozowick (1892–1973)
Strike Scene (1934)
Lithograph,  11" x 9"  

Lynd Ward ...

Lynd Ward (1905–1985)
Untitled (Breaking up the Demonstration (1932)
wood engraving
6" x 4"
from the book Wild Pilgrimage, consisting of 108 wood engravings

"Wild Pilgrimage (1932), perhaps the most accomplished of [Ward's six wordless novels], is a study in the brutalization of an American factory worker whose heart can still respond to beauty, but whose mind is twisted in rage against the system and its shackles." -- Library of America