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Well, I see Dick Cheney has finally completed his transformation into Mr. Potter.


Bad Seed

Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:32 pm
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A seven-year-old sneaks into an Australian zoo after hours and kills many rare reptiles.

I just bet you that kid also wets the bed and sets fire.


A few weeks ago during the Republican convention Jon Stewart had a bit on The Daily Show where he compared Senators Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman to, respectively, Foghorn Leghorn and Droopy Dog. The latter's an old trope with Stewart, but I believe the former was a new association, and it turns out it's more accurate than Stewart's writers probably knew. Leghorn was originally a cartoon parody of Beauregard Claghorn, a popular radio character in the forties who was a caricature of a (generic) Southern Senator. So, huh: a Southern Senator sounds like a Southern Senator. Will wonders never cease?

I first learned about Claghorn from a throwaway reference in Caro's Master of the Senate, and ever since I've had a mild interest in seeing 'his' theatrical movie, It's A Joke, Son (1947), even though I'm sure qualitatively it's down on the level of a Ma and Pa Kettle flick. "Ontological certaintude of 10!" as John McLaughlin used to intone.

Shouldn't it have been Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Vlog?


Percival Lowell was best man at Edith Wharton's marriage. (Well, Teddy Wharton's marriage to Edith Jones, but you know what I mean.)


Not watching the new Terminator series, but seeing its ads and reviews around reminded me that I've always regretted Skynet's name not being Milcom instead. In the context of the movies it would simply be an abbreviation for "Military Communications" (didn't Skynet = Internet?) but it would also supply a bit of Biblical resonance, since Milcom was one of Moloch's variant names (1 Kings 11:33).


You "rein in" -- not "reign in" -- something which is out of control.

Thank you.

Edited for clarity.


Discovered via [ profile] supergee that John M. Ford's poem "110 Stories" is available online. I'm not a Poetry Person, so I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but I've really admired this one since I read it in his collection Heat of Fusion.



Sep. 8th, 2007 11:15 pm
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Vladimir Nabokov's son Dmitri trained to be an opera singer - ironic as his pop was notoriously uninterested in music - and he had his debut in a 1961 performance of La Bohème. The press turned out in fair numbers to see the first performance of the son of "the author of that dirty book." However, as Brian Boyd puts it in his Nabokov biography, "that proved a lucky break not so much for Dmitri as for another singer . . . a young tenor named Luciano Pavarotti."

And that's my post on Pavarotti. All done now.