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  1. Now reading...

    It was more of a general comment. Faulkner struggles with race in a way that I think will make him still relevant in 50 or 100 years. Arguably Fitzgerald has interesting things to say about social climbing, elite society and "looking in" that will matter more and more as the class divide deepens in North America. I personally don't think what Hemingway has to say about being a man are that interesting. Obviously that is a gross simplification of what he was up to, but I think with today's trends he will be seen as less relevant, but he will still speak to some. I'm not calling for banning him, by any means.
  2. Now reading...

    Mostly reading poetry for a larger project, but I have read some shorter works. Am midway through Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. I don't have too many issues with the hard-bitten anti-hero. (I don't believe I've ever seen the movie version with Bogart, but I can imagine him in the role.) But almost every page, Hemingway tosses around the n-word plus Chinese slurs, etc. (It's something like 5 chapters in when the reader is even told the name of the Black crew member. Sheesh.) It really detracts so much from the experience. I don't think time will be very kind with Hemingway, as so many of his characters embody toxic masculinity.
  3. What Are You Watching

    Have by now gone through all the Monty Python episodes in order. And the two German episodes (out of order). I had assumed I had seen them all over the years, but there were 2 I absolutely had never seen before and 2-3 more that I don't recall seeing but it may just be brain fog. So in its own way that was rewarding. Currently working through Blackadder, at pretty much the same pace. We aim for 1 per night M-Th, but sometimes things come up and we have to skip. I have not decided if the next set will be Father Ted or Fawlty Towers. Maybe leaning a bit towards Fawlty Towers. Anyway, my favorite remains Season 2 of Blackadder, but Season 1 is a bit slier and better overall than I remembered, with some quite amusing asides that are a bit hard to catch on first viewing. I completely forgot that Peter Cook was in Season 1, Episode 1!
  4. Thanks. I'll investigate.
  5. Did this one get caught up in a rights issue and yanked? It seems to be completely unavailable from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. There may be a copy or two in some European stores, but this is looking quite rare now. Drat.
  6. Freddie Redd and Butch Warren CDs out now!!!

    I picked up Reminiscing yesterday during Bandcamp Friday. I basically was rushing (left it to the last minute) and didn't get Baltimore Jazz Loft. I may hold off until April or just order it sooner. This may depend on how quickly I listen to everything else I bought yesterday...
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Pat Thomas Obiaa! https://patthomasstrut.bandcamp.com/album/obiaa
  8. British jazz reissues

    I didn't do that, but there was a good deal where you could get the full digital discography (20 releases including 3 pre-releases scheduled over next couple of months) for £58. Now in a year or two, I might wish I had gone the subscription route. It depends on how many subscriber exclusives there are. However, I'm not that interested in getting tipped off on physical releases, so this seemed to make more sense for me.
  9. Trying to make up for lost time/major gaps in my film education. Last week was Satyajit Ray's Mahapurush (The Holy Man), which I find quite droll and focused (it runs just over an hour). Tonight was Nayak (The Hero) This is a film very much in conversation with Fellini's 8 1/2 (which I happened to see for the first time recently), but to be honest I felt The Hero flowed a bit better. I liked it quite a bit, though The Holy Man is probably better when you are just looking for a comedy.
  10. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    AZ has just been approved by Canada, so if the Germans and French and Dutch are still wary of AZ, start sending it to us. Much appreciated.
  11. The Chet Baker Prestige albums

    Larry, how do you rate Live in London (I or II) among these late recordings? https://chetbaker.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-london I thought they were solid, but I am not an expert on Chet Baker by any means.
  12. Prince Lasha - Insight

    I definitely owned Insight at one point, though it doesn't appear I hung onto it. I suspect I did pick it up at Dusty Groove on some visit, though maybe for more than the current low, low price of $6.99.
  13. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I realize it hasn't actually been approved by Canada or the US, but it should be almost any day now. Please ship it over to Canada, as I am quite sure people here will take it.
  14. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/25/acceptance-problem-as-most-oxford-covid-jabs-delivered-to-eu-not-yet-used "Four out of five of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses delivered to EU countries are yet to be used on a patient, a Guardian investigation has found" This is completely unacceptable.
  15. The USPS SUCKS

    That happened a couple of times to me, where obviously the seller hadn't bothered to keep up with postage and was totally surprised when they went to post office. Once was on discogs and once was on some book site (not Amazon, which I think really does lock you into whatever postal rates the seller has selected). I followed through, as the alternatives weren't any better -- and they still weren't asking for $20 shipping -- but I was extremely aggravated.