Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Delbert McClinton Interview: Bypass surgery & Music Biz can’t stop him -...

At 1:11 ... 
 "I learned what I do from people like Ray Charles, Hank Williams--people who can articulate simplicity and make it profound."


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Welcome to the future!

March 7, 1877 Letter to Catherine Gansevoort Lansing
page 3 of 4, detail


"How about President Hayes? I chanced to turn over a file of your Albany Argus yesterday, and was all but blown off the stool by the tremendous indignation fulminations of that indignant sheet.-- But what's the use? life is short, and Hayes' term is four years, each of 365 days." -- Herman Melville on disputed election of 1876
Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Letter to Catherine Gansevoort Lansing" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1877.


Firesign Theatre bit on breaking the Fake President from I Think We're all Bozos on This Bus:


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Crazy prophecy in Melville's CLAREL

From Melville's religious epic Clarel: A poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land part 4 (Bethlehem), canto 21 (Ungar and Rolfe):
Whatever happen in the end,
Be sure 'twill yield to one and all
New confirmation of the fall
Of Adam. Sequel may ensue,
Indeed, whose germs one now may view:
Myriads playing pygmy parts —
Debased into equality:
In glut of all material arts
A civic barbarism may be:
Man disennobled—brutalized
By popular science—Atheized
Into a smatterer ——

                                “Oh, oh!”
“Yet knowing all self need to know
In self's base little fallacy;
Dead level of rank commonplace:
An Anglo-Saxon China, see,
May on your vast plains shame the race
In the Dark Ages of Democracy."

 -- Clarel Part 4 Canto 21