Using Bees To Effect Vengeance
Friday, August 26, 2005
My blog juices are flowing thanks to Ranh-Ranh, so I thought I would come clean on my newest celebrity crush. Say hello to Robert Caro:
Robert Caro is the author of a truly enormous three-volume biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson (The Path To Power, Means of Ascent, Master Of The Senate), and I have spent the last few months making my way through this torrent of words. I am currently bedded down about 400 pages into Vol. 3 and LBJ has just been elected to the Senate (Vol.4 has yet to be completed, but will pick up with his election to the Vice-Presidency...surely there will need to be a Vol. 5 as well?). It is easily the most remarkable biography I have ever read.
LBJ is a fascinating subject, to be sure, but the biography also encompasses a history of modern political campaigning, a history of Central Texas (as a resident of Central Texas, not a day goes by that I'm not confronted by an example of his handiwork, even it's just walking down Congress Avenue and spotting the building from which he conducted his Austin affairs), a study of the United States Senate, a profile of how power is gathered in 20th century America, a history of the New Deal and, I am assured, a history of the civil rights movement. I find myself applying lessons and insights from this book in my work, in the way I think about current events...shoot, in my whole durn weltaunschaung.
The level of research involved is simply breathtaking -- Caro knows what color shirts people wore, the placement on the page of key post-it notes, telling details of conversations that surely no-one could have heard...and best of all (SWOON! goes my amateur historian heart) it's all footnoted. He's a virtuoso, and I am humbled by his achievement.
Long may you live, Robert Caro! You are in my prayers each night, as I will not be able to deal if you die before completing this project. You keep publishing 'em, we'll keep awarding them Pulitzer Prizes.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
So I'm contributing to Ranh Ranh, a new collaborative MP3 blog. My collaborator is none other than my esteemed friend and copilot, el Jefe. He's the fire to my ice, the David St. Hubbins to my Nigel Tufnel. So bookmark it, suckas, and let peace rein down o'er the shimmering meadows of rock.
Friday, August 19, 2005
The Philomel Project - Review - Theater - New York Times
Update: also here
I am very proud.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Racquet in eyeball
Blood drips from manly cut
Blame it on bar fight
Wacked in face,
Curses poor positioning choice
Had to forfeit game
Drive home with one eye
Watering like Chuck Dimmock
Where's bloody Advil
Sensitive to light
Dog not too sympathetic
Housecleaning on hold
Monday, August 01, 2005
From the quality headline department:
ESPNSoccernet: Young Boys Wankdorf erection relief:
BERN, Switzerland, July 31 (Reuters) - The supporters of Young Boys Bern have not had too much to celebrate in the 19 years since their team last won the Swiss league title.
Long since eclipsed by the likes of FC Basel and Grasshoppers Zurich, the club from the Swiss capital has even got a reputation for enjoying its status as a perennial loser.
But this weekend Young Boys sought to shake off their old image by officially opening the 32,000 Stade de Suisse Wankdorf stadium -- which cost 350 million Swiss francs ($271.3 million) -- with an uncharacteristically flashy homecoming party.
'I'm extremely happy, because I'm convinced this is the stadium from which Young Boys can finally launch themselves back into sporting success,' Swiss president, and Bern native, Samuel Schmid told spectators just before Saturday's show got underway."