Saturday, May 28, 2016
Why are we featuring an image of Mars with a quote from left-wing philosopher/linguist/historian Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading critics of the Vietnam War, who happens to still be alive at age 87?
Well, just read this quote. And, thanks to the kids from Duke University for helping us with this research......(we are actually UNC fans here, but we wanted to be nice....and since all the college students are on break for the summer, perhaps, they will be reading this instead of playing video games)....
We gather that Speak of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is a closet admirer of Chomsky's work (yeah, we just said that to get your attention)....
This will be our first of ten quotes from people who have achieved fame and/or notoriety in a variety of fields.
Here is the quote:
"If there were an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long."
http://www.wxdu.org/ (Duke's student-run college radio station; they were playing Frankie Cosmos at last report, actually that was another college radio station).........
As we typing this up, we are listening to "The American Life," a public radio documentary series hosted by Ira Glass; this week's episode focuses on the problems of intimacy. This short, short story reflects that sentiment as well:
"Jack got a postcard from Paris from his girlfriend. Diane told him she missed him even though she just met Pierre."
We actually listened to the song "Walk of Life," a hit single from Dire Straits from their album "Brothers in Arms" (1985) on Q-99.1-FM in Roanoke, Va., right before writing this piece. Our apologies to Mark Knopfler, the lead singer and guitarist of Dire Straits, though since we aren't using any lyrics from the song, we presume he can't sue us!:
"Nelson was listening to Dire Straits' song 'Walk of Life' when the train hit his car. His obit will run tomorrow."
Actually, this is 21 words, but this isn't "The New Yorker"!!!!
Friday, May 27, 2016
Here is tonight's 20-Word Fiction Entry:
"If you were Mark Twain, you'd stay home and write a novel tonight. Wouldn't you? Maybe? Perhaps? Just stating the obvious."
You can visit the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut (not where we are) either in person or on the web at this link (we gather Ira Glass the host of "This American Life" was there recently):
His boyhood home of the "Tom Sawyer" author in Hannibal, Missouri http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/ is also a museum.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Yes, we know this image of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy from "Adam's Rib" (1949) doesn't go with our title, which we came up with thanks to Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's surreal art film "The Forbidden Room," which came out theatrically last year.
But, once you take the time to read this short, short story, perhaps you will understand or perhaps you will not!:
"Molly want to go to the movies with her friends tonight. Netflix is always my backup plan. I need alternatives!"....
If you are actually interested in going to the movies, then you may want to see the critically acclaimed film "Sunset Song" at the Film Forum in New York.
Meanwhile, two college town cinemas The Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Va., and The Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC, are both showing the animated children's film "Zootopia."
Check the links below for more information:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Of course, we are kidding, we are not in Denver, but we will go ahead and recommend La Loma for any of you visiting the Colorado capital as Google says it's a great place to do Mexican, and of course, they are 100-percent accurate..........:)
Here is today's 20-Word Fiction piece which does revolve around lunch, perhaps "Washington Post" food critic Tom Sietsema will like this one:
"She's ordering a taco salad. Cool. Okay. What do I want? Ask the waitress. Bad idea. It's a first date."
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
"Stamps. Stamps. Stamps. Where are the effing stamps? Gotta send that check to Duke Energy. I owe Verizon money too."
We dedicate this entry to the Verizon workers who are caught up in a labor dispute with the telecommunications giant. Yeah, despite the patriotic World War II stamp image, we aren't tea party people here.....!
Monday, May 23, 2016
"There was a home invasion on Florida Street last night. The culprit recognized the man of the house. He left."
Sunday, May 22, 2016
"It's late Sunday night. Effing insomnia again.....a part of me wants to watch "David Holzman's Diary" or just scream!"
We dedicate this story to F. Scott Fitzgerald who once said writers should never use exclamation points.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
(This is a work of fiction; we hear beets are popular in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.....)