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After re-reading Prison Journey in anticipation of assisting FB publish an Athenaeum post showcasing it, may I say (as also did on the Athenaeum thread) that his memoir is not only a compelling page turner, but profoundly moving on a personal level. Very happy that FB was persuaded by family and friends to, at long last, tell the story of those turbulent times.
Happy Birthday, FB, and as Pat has said, may God bless!
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Non-Fiction Showcase: Prison Journey, A Memoir by Brigadier FB Ali (includes chapter excerpts selected by the author) http://turcopolier.typepad.com/the_athenaeum/2014/02/non-fiction-showcase-prison-journey-a-memoir-by-brigadier-f-b-ali.html Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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This newly published non-fiction work by SST/TA longtime author and commenter FB Ali is truly a must-read. From the cover of Prison Journey: FB Ali was a rising star in the Pakistan Army when, in 1969, Gen Yahya Khan, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at The Athenaeum
I never had the privilege of hearing Seeger play anywhere live, but my husband did long ago in San Diego CA. He was leading a singalong of "Which Side Are You On" at a rally outside a plant for striking workers. My husband's crew refused to cross the picket lines with their trucks- Pete thanked them. John says Pete Seeger had the clearest, strongest voice he'd ever heard.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2014 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Just saw this movie last weekend & you are dead on the money, Alan. Also, thanks for two film reviews in one week- a real treat. I'm inclined to agree with Stephanie's observation upthread that the pile of awards this flick is already amassing is slightly puzzling. Are voters bowled over by the "star power" cast? The screwy, skewed plot? Cooper's ringlets, Bale's paunch, Adams' oohlala? I wasn't, but who the heck knows why the movie swells vote the way they do. This is NOT the best picture of the year, though the Academy may very well deem it just that. While watching "American Hustle" I kept returning to the thin hope of Jennifer Lawrence not becoming, courtesy of David Russell, the go-to actress for ditzy crazed sexbombs, when she was so stunningly good playing backwoods teenager Ree Dolly in "Winter's Bone." Probably hoping that in vain after this awards season. Side note: did enjoy the wink 'n nod casting of Jack Huston as the mafia guy who falls for Lawrence, considering his series-long role as Richard "Half Face" Harrow in "Boardwalk Empire."
TypePad has been a bit wonky since yesterday (that is to say, a bit wonkier than usual)- very glad you've put up a reformatted version of Alan's review. A couple of thoughts: As you know, Pat, my husband worked on Berg's "The Kingdom" from pre- through end of post-production. I broke down the script scene by scene for him several times to create various budgets, databases, etc. Having many successive versions of a shooting script is not unusual- in fact it is extremely usual, pages even added, radically changed during filming. The Kingdom" went through a blur of incarnations- hard to keep up with 'em. Despite so many re-writes (because of them?) the script remained a stinker throughout. Based on your luncheon with Mann & Berg, the expression about a fish stinking from the head first does come to mind. As to "Lone Survivor," I always have a problem watching Mark Wahlberg, despite his exceptionally good acting in several films I've seen. Maybe others here can relate to this: I escorted my daughter & her friends to several concerts in the pre-teen years during which Mr. Wahlberg jumped around energetically on stage in artfully spray painted white overalls sans shirt/shoes as part of the opening act for his brother's band. The name of his part of the show was Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. Still can't avoid seeing that image of him creeping into my peripheral vision, even during the denouement of "The Departed."
Grappelli's time playing with Django Reinhardt & the rest of the Quintette Hot Club de France makes for some of the best jazz around. Here's a link to quite a few tracks: http://www.redhotjazz.com/hotclubfrance.html
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2014 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I'll let Charles Pierce's eulogy answer that question: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/pete-seeger-obit-012814 The Athenaeum post linked to above is about Seeger's musical heritage, not past or contemporary politics.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2014 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Down By The Riverside: Pete Seeger, 1919-2014 http://turcopolier.typepad.com/the_athenaeum/2014/01/pete-seeger-1919-2014.html The intention of this particular Athenaeum post is to highlight & honor Seeger's tremendous musical impact. -Maureen Lang Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Mary Glover, And thank you for reminding me that schoolyard game rhymes can be as fascinating as a Tennyson poem. England has some of the best children's doggerel imo, although New Orleans comes in a close second: "Anna Lacker, soda cracker, does your papa chew tobacco?" "Not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came a-knocking at my door. I got up to let them in, when I did my head began to spin (this one is quite lengthy, so won't quote it all)." Happy 2014, Mary.
I included the bonus track Symphonie Consertante movement for you & Jeff, Martha. Great seeing you both last night- Happy 2014.
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January 1, 2014: "Ring Out, Wild Bells"- Alfred Lord Tennyson/Symphony # 40 In G Minor- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart http://turcopolier.typepad.com/the_athenaeum/2014/01/ring-out-wild-bells-alfred-lord-tennyson.html Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at The Athenaeum
Much thanks going your way for your original comment on The Athenaeum recommending the Maitland reading, Charles I. Total credit goes to you. A Happy Christmas to you & yours.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2013 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Thanks for the crèche levity, TTG- didn't just bring a smile, but a loud "Ha!" from my better half. Hope you & yours are having a very merry time of it this Christmas season.
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Christmas Eve Radio Reading: Frederick Forsyth's "The Shepherd" http://turcopolier.typepad.com/the_athenaeum/2013/12/christmas-eve-radio-reading-frederick-forsyths-the-shepherd.html Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
You're very welcome. Many in my online address book listened to "The Shepherd" via email links. Positive feedback was relayed, enjoyment most definitely had.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2013 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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A Yuletide Omnibus http://turcopolier.typepad.com/the_athenaeum/2013/12/a-yuletide-omnibus.html Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(originally published here on 12/10/09) Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long: And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad, The nights are wholesome,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at The Athenaeum
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different clue, Good call on the tree: It's a sweetgum. Have a good Thanksgiving weekend.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2013 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Alba Etie, A lot to be thankful about indeed- a smoked turkey dinner, a beautiful Fall drive bringing it to the family, plus much needed rainfall. Sounds just about perfect. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2013 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
nick b, Mason's Hot Rods held their 13th annual Cruise In the first part of November, topped by a classic car raffle. Once again all proceeds of the show were given to local charities in Spartanburg SC. Still have our 1940 Ford pick up. The Masons' hard work restoring it paid some dividends in addition to the joys of driving it around: our truck has won several awards at local shows over the past few years. Thanks for asking. May I join in to wish a happy Thanksgiving week to all at SST.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2013 on New Athenaeum Post at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(originally published here on 11/17/09) Take me back to the place where I first saw the light, to my sweet sunny south, take me home. Where the mocking birds sing me to sleep every night. Oh, why was I tempted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at The Athenaeum