On The Very Best Copy Of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" And Just A Little Of Bill Burroughs' Methadone

For me, the very best part of this is Wendell Berry's signature. I knew he was in the Wallace Stegner's program with Ken Kesey, but I never thought of him as a part of the psychedelic era. Also, I have a hard time imagining him using an exclamation point with his signature.

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On The Great Canadian Severed Feet Mystery Is Solved!

@dado Those poor lost soles.

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm 1

On Etta James, 1938-2012

the best: http://youtu.be/ba7O12J-zcw - "I'd Rather Go Blind", live, with Eddie Vinson. So, so good.

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm 0

On What's Your Most Played Song?

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: "Lo Yo Yo Stuff"
I can live with that.

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm 0

On Do You Know What Time It Is?

Fantastic post. Also gives me a chance to give a plug for a great book - One Time Fits All: The Campaigns for Global Uniformity, by Ian Bartsky. Hard to find, but a very readable history on all the false starts and failed attempts at a (mostly) uniform global time system.

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm 0

On Pictures of Joan Didion

Jesus Christ! Did she try wearing a poisoned ring?

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm 0

On Eight Hours, Twenty Minutes

My understanding is that at this point the only possibility for legal intervention would be emergency legislation that would repeal the previous law restricting the governor from granting clemancy. With that law undone, the governor could (if he chose) stop the execution. Of course, the governor's statements thus far have largely been of the "my hands are tied" sort that makes him the enemy of no one. Who knows what he would do if he were actually put on the spot? And, of course, the likelihood of the Georgia legislature passing such a repeal in the next few hours is hopelessly slim.

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 11:42 am 0

On Jon Stewart, Stop Hurting America!

@major disaster This comment struck me because it is a fascinating account of revisionist theology! It's nearly on-par with Southern explanations of slavery as an institution of choice by the slaves.

The Israelites didn't mourn the (necessary?) deaths of the Egyptians: they celebrated it! Exodus 15 is an entire chapter of song praising God for the slaughter of the Egyptians.

"Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, while all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing; and she responded to them:
Sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant;
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea."

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm 0