Archive for March, 2010

5 Dinner Guests

Posted in other on March 25, 2010 by Jonathan

Jesus Christ

Charles Dickens

Groucho Marx

Ben Franklin

William Shakespeare

Bach and the everyman

Posted in music on March 21, 2010 by Jonathan

Cultural Offering, who recently devised what I call the SuperJukebox 3000, has written a wonderful short piece on Bach’s life and work.

What strikes me is how — for lack of a better word — normal a life the composer led. His musical genius didn’t make the man any bigger than his fellow humans, something we should remember the next time a mediocre songsmith is seen as belonging to a class apart from the rest of us.

But the music…oh, the music…

Cousin Itt in 3-D

Posted in movies on March 18, 2010 by Jonathan

Great news (at least, I assume it’s great news): Green Zone-slayer Tim Burton will be adapting the Addams Family into a stop-motion 3-D film. I’m rather indifferent to the 3-D part, but am excited about the possibility of more Burtonesque claymation, particularly when married to Charles Addams’s illustrations. Love The Nightmare Before Christmas, wasn’t as wild about The Corpse Bride but appreciated it anyway, so it shouldn’t be unreasonable for me to have high hopes for this one.


Posted in news on March 18, 2010 by Jonathan

According to a British science journal, dogs may have originated from wolves in the Middle East.

It’s possible. I once had a parakeet that originated from a crocodile in the Nile.

[HT: The one, the only, Drudge]


Posted in culture, movies on March 18, 2010 by Jonathan

After Tom Hanks’s outragious comments regarding why the US fought in the Pacific — comments made while trying to get people to watch his new HBO series — it’s good to hear some classy words about our troops from the other head honcho involved, Steven Spielberg.

My real playlist

Posted in music on March 18, 2010 by Jonathan

Seriously this time:

The Beatles, “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You”

Ricky Nelson, “Hello Mary Lou”

Fats Domino, “Blueberry Hill”

Norah Jones, “Come Away With Me”

Lavern Baker, “Tweedle Dee”

Dean Martin, “Mambo Italiano”

Paul Simon, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard”

Ray Charles, “America the Beautiful”

The Kinks, “A Dedicated Follower of Fashion”

Bobby Darin, “Mack the Knife”

The Platters, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

Michelle Branch, “Everywhere”

Dean Martin, “Memories Are Made of This” (Dean goes twice)

The Beatles, “She Loves You” (So do the Beatles)

UPDATE: I’d also add:

The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues”

Warren Zevon, “Werewolves of London”

Beautiful girl and sand

Posted in arts on March 17, 2010 by Jonathan

[HT: The Dude, aka Jeff Bridges, who has an interesting website, which Execupundit brought to my attention.]