Last summer I had a fresh encounter with the bit of trauma I didn't know I'd buried from September 11, 2001. It was, in some way, courtesy of Father Mychal Judge, the beloved Franciscan friar and chaplain for the Fire Department of New York, who died at the World Trade Center on that day. Here's … Continue reading Father Mychal’s City of God
Founding words of veganism in bite-sized chunks. I don't own these texts, nor am I stealing them. They're all available free to the public. (Plus a bit from here and here.) Thanks to today's Vegan Society for sharing this valuable resource with the world. Click on any square to get started.
The Anya Hindmarch store on Madison Avenue currently displays a Wombwell Menagerie cage, and I wonder if they know the history. Founded in 1807 England by George Wombwell, the traveling menagerie was perhaps the most successful enterprise of its kind outside the U.S., appearing three times before Queen Victoria. No surprise that Wombwell’s foundation was … Continue reading History on Mad: Wombwell’s Menagerie
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: 1. Outside (1995) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Slight Three-Word Review: Noirish, character-filled, poignant My first listen to Outside (in this project) made me notice how long it's been since I heard one of Bowie's songs and instantly said Yup, that's an all-time favorite, pop that one right in the … Continue reading Pay the Private ‘I’
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Scary Monsters...And Super Creeps, 1980 Prior Level of Acquaintance: Minimal Three-Word Review: Frustrated, tragic, gorgeous Scary Monsters...And Super Creeps: what a fucking appropriate album for the month of bombing in Baghdad, mass shooting in Florida, the multi-sided vitriol of the Brexit, and the collectively awful, unnecessary deaths of Lorne … Continue reading Scream Like the Hour
In 1961, one Frank Edwards put out a book entitled Strange People. It contains a two-page entry entitled "The Elephant Boy," full of made-up "evidence" about "a tragic creature" who was "the most frightful freak on record." Strange People also refers to "two-headed children" as "it" without admitting there are such things as conjoined twins.* … Continue reading Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Rock Star