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 2008 December - Miscellaneous Debris – Archive

פוסטים מחודש December, 2008

Trying my hand at another blog.

בקטגוריות: Uncategorized

29 Dec 2008

Yes, yes. Yet more fragmentation. Will have more Hebrew and longer topics, probably. Will also be less personal. Details at http://blog.strawjackal.org. I’ll crosspost here a bit, to see how it goes. If anyone has a good idea for a (Hebrew) title for it, I’m open to suggestions.

The Bully Mentality

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26 Dec 2008

“The white South, if it responded at all to the atrocities [committed to freed blacks after the Civil War], chose to recall how slavery had afforded black men and women a positive protection from such violence” – Leon Litwack, "Many Thousands Gone: Black Southerners and the Confederacy”, 1984. You gotta appreciate the logic of that. […]

Monosthesia

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26 Dec 2008

My music reaches deep inside my ear canals, injecting afghan whigs and mark lanegan deep into my cerebral cortex. The shopping mall is a stew of pressing crowds and flashing faces and home cooking and canine incontinence, but turning up the volume I can only feel, and see, and taste and smell the music.

All Hail the Anti-President!

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24 Dec 2008

Am I the only one to notice that Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America, looks (in some pictures) suspiciously like Lincoln? It’s as if they selected an Anti-Lincoln to head the rebel alliance. It’s eery. (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)   Bonus fact: After the Civil War, Jefferson Davis was […]

The Yiddish Black Hand or the Jewish Black Hand Association was a criminal organization that operated on New York’s Lower East Side during the early 1900s, led by Jacob "Johnny" Levinsky … with Charles "Charley the Cripple" Vitoffsky and Joseph Toplinsky … By the end of 1913 … Levinsky [concentrated] on extortion in the ice […]

There and Back Again

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7 Dec 2008

19:30. יצחק שדה. אני עולה על האופניים. קרליבך, אבן גבירול .דוד המלך. איכילוב. אני מקפץ מהמדרכה לכביש וחזרה. שועט בירידות, טוחן בעליות. ויצמן, כיכר המדינה. מקיף את בית הספר הישן. בירידה לירקון עושה סלאלום סביב כוס קפה באמצע הכביש. עוקף הולכי רגל בפארק. נכנס לדיזנגוף בסיבוב. חוצה את ירמיהו, נורדאו, ז’בוטינסקי. 20:15. הגעתי. בא לקשור […]

Poetry for You and Me

בקטגוריות: Exported|Uncategorized

7 Dec 2008

Mid-winter evening, alone at a sushi bar— just me and this eel – Billy Collins It’s important, I feel, to have a favorite poet. It’s adds that important veneer of intellectual sophistication: I don’t just read poetry, I have a taste in poetry! None of that first-come-first-served bring-me-whatever-they’ve-got-at-the-buffet poetry reading for me!  And if you […]

Covered By Blues

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5 Dec 2008

Old Blues tunes have a tendency to resurface in many incarnations. Back in the first half of the 20th century they would be blues standards that float around regionally, getting many versions over the years. These tend to be very different, reflecting the time, place and origin of their performance. When rock’n’roll co-opted the blues, […]

Tales of Girls and Boys and Marsupials

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5 Dec 2008

I’ve just read that The Wombats will be releasing two new singles during the next couple of months, which is good. Their first album was fun, though the second half is certainly not as good as the first. Let’s home they’ve learned and improved. This video for Let’s Dance To Joy Division is trying to […]

The Soda Pop Wars

בקטגוריות: Export|Uncategorized

5 Dec 2008

Cola? Soda? Coke? Pop? What generic term do YOU use to refer to those lovable, carbonated drinks we so love to drink? In the US, it seems, the popular terms are Soda, Coke or Pop, and the choice is extremely regional. Different areas have different terms, but in some places you can find specific counties […]


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