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Biding Our Time: Doom, Death, Despair, Etc 11-14-22

Doom: is the GOP ready to move from Trump to DeSantis who comes off like Trump without the package but with all the ego intact and a better leader if not a better fascist surrogate.

More Doom: Or less, depending upon where you sit and who you believe. But the Red Wave failed to materialize and we all hope it is a harbinger of better times between the two parties.

DeSantis Or Trump – I don’t like either in the slightest but undoubtedly DeSantis over Trump, DeSantis isn’t fomenting war, just revolution…

How disagreements can lead to civil war: The Republicans believe that the Democrats want to heave open the borders so they can let in South Americans who want to become North Americans and vote the GOP into the trash heap of racist history.

Death: Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, Keith Levine, Jerry Lee Lewis (is that it for the class of 1956?), Aaron Carter, Takeoff (what??? Huh????), Patrick Haggerty and Coolio (days before a cameo in the Weird Al movie).

Despair: These are strange and very scary times, there is this overwhelming sense of this being the place setter for a battle between billionaires and beta humanity and nobody will win.

Doom: as of January 2022, the doomsday clock has had us at 100 Seconds to Doomsday but that was before Putin started rattling his nuclear options…

Live Music: in my youth, my late teens, I went to concerts every night of the week and in my mid-50s and early-60s, I’d go out 4 or 5 times a week. But Covid-19 and working from home made it a much more difficult proposition, from finishing work, going to dinner and a show, to finishing work and having to get ready and go down to the city… At 66 years of age it gets tiring…

Wizkid – After blowing off Burna Boy earlier this year, welcome to Wizkid, the born in Lagos superstar on Wednesday MSG.

Look At It This Way; Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea on one side, the US, Europe, Britain, on the other, and China waiting its best opportunity.

Wakanda Forever: A bad movie with a great soundtrack (including the second Rihanna song). If You want me to, I can pinpoint what the problem is: Letitia Wright is forced to carry the weight of the blockbuster and she is wrong for it, she is too weak and she lacks gravitas in the role. It isn’t miscasting as such, she was fine playing the stroppy kid sister in the first movie but they ask too much of her on this way overlong movie… ps a screening in Astoria Sunday morning in 3D cost over twenty-five dollars -Grade: C-

Bob Dylan’s “The Philosophy Of Modern Song” – Steve Crawford reviewed the collection of essays last week (here), but I purchased it on Audible and listening to Dylan’s partial reading (other folks like Helen Mirren and Jeff Bridges among many also read segments) is illuminating. It makes sense of Dylan’s refusing to write a runoff sentence, just like his ongoing and lifetime lyrical persuasion everything is staccato, rat-a-tat observations, and story telling of his vision of the USA and to a lesser extinct everywhere else. Everybody is either a thief, a gypsy, a tramp (young Dylan was a cultural weatherbell as portrayed by Charlie Chaplin), a witchy woman, and more outsiders working their way in. Dylan isn’t singing but it feels as though he is rapping… Is he right in his observations? Well, right is truly subjective here but he didn’t grasp “Money Honey” and one reason is because landlords are bigger villains than gypsy, tramps, or thieves, or straight up outlaws. Something’s don’t change (Grade: A-)

Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino – I am in the middle of this film director as movie reviewer, most from the late 60s through the 70s, and mostly everything he says is a must hear even if as directors go he never much expanded on “Reservoir Dogs” and one of the greatest movies of all time “Pulp Fiction”. If the movie reviewing is brilliant, so is the portrait of Quentin leaving with his divorced mom who only dates black men now as Quentin goes with her and guy of the moment to every movie, including black exploitation films… (Grade: A)

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