Dylan on Walt Whitman

3https://www.salon.com/2020/05/16/bob-dylan-i-contain-multitudes-walt-whitman/

I was startled to find out that Dylan has a pair of new songs keyed to Walt Whitman (I Contain Multitudes) and the pandemic, no less.

According to Salon, "Dylan takes a similar approach in both new songs. [The first] 'Murder Most Foul' includes a section that rattles off an eclectic playlist, reminiscent of the Theme Time Radio Hour he hosted from 2006 to 2009.

"'Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack Play it for me in my long Cadillac Play me that "Only the Good Die Young,"
Take me to the place where Tom Dooley was hung.
Play "St. James Infirmary" and the Court of King James
If you want to remember, better write down their names.
Play Etta James, too, play "I'd Rather Go Blind,"
Play it for the man with the telepathic mind.' "

Salon describes the second song: "But naturally, he sounds even more like Whitman on 'Multitudes,' as he calmly, almost wistfully, explains all he contains:
24 of the song's 44 lines begin with "I" or "I'll"."
(I'll spare you those stanzas...)

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3https://www.salon.com/2020/05/16/bob-dylan-i-contain-multitudes-walt-whitman/

I was startled to find out that Dylan has a pair of new songs keyed to the pandemic, no less.

According to Salon, "Dylan takes a similar approach in both new songs. 'Murder Most Foul' includes a section that rattles off an eclectic playlist, reminiscent of the Theme Time Radio Hour he hosted from 2006 to 2009.

"'Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack Play it for me in my long Cadillac Play me that "Only the Good Die Young,"
Take me to the place where Tom Dooley was hung.
Play "St. James Infirmary" and the Court of King James
If you want to remember, better write down their names.
Play Etta James, too, play "I'd Rather Go Blind,"
Play it for the man with the telepathic mind.' "

Salon describes the second song: "But naturally, he sounds even more like Whitman on 'Multitudes,' as he calmly, almost wistfully, explains all he contains:
24 of the song's 44 lines begin with "I" or "I'll".

Bob Dylan is back...

3https://www.salon.com/2020/05/16/bob-dylan-i-contain-multitudes-walt-whitman/ I was startled to find out that Dylan has a pair of new songs keyed to the pandemic, no less. "Dylan takes a similar approach in both new songs. 'Murder Most Foul' includes a section that rattles off an eclectic playlist, reminiscent of the Theme Time Radio Hour he hosted from 2006 to 2009. "'Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack Play it for me in my long Cadillac Play me that "Only the Good Die Young," Take me to the place where Tom Dooley was hung. Play "St. James Infirmary" and the Court of King James If you want to remember, better write down their names. Play Etta James, too, play "I'd Rather Go Blind," Play it for the man with the telepathic mind.' "But naturally, he sounds even more like Whitman on "Multitudes," as he calmly, almost wistfully, explains all he contains: 24 of the song's 44 lines begin with "I" or "I'll".

"Mecca of bad decisions"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ocean-city-amid-a-pandemic-no-senior-week-but-plenty-of-reckless-behavior/2020/05/18/b8bd3508-9908-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html

I kinda like Petula Dvokak, local newsie, and today she has a good column about Americans unable to resist rules to stop the pandemic. Seeking to illustrate Americans' passive resistance to what is good for them -- in particular, dangerous behavior at a beach, Ocean City on Maryland's Eastern Shore, which she visited.

There were's lots of unmasked young people. "...And dozens of belly buttons, tongues, nipples and noses were being pierced in the backrooms of (beachside] shops that also sold hookahs and hermit crabs.

"The reopening of Maryland’s oceanside mecca of bad decisions was banging..."

I didn't know the Post style manual accomodated neologisms like "banging"... (She probably wanted the sexier "bangin'" -- but beggars like me can't be choosers.)

"...[A] Marine from Salisbury [a nearby city] who saw combat in Afghanistan got his friends to join him as 'YMCA' blasted [from the boardwalk's PA system] into the ocean air.

“'Dude, they’re all gay, the guys who sing this,' his friend told him. "I don’t think that’s what you mean.'

"Guffaw. Guffaw. Snort laugh. Fist bump."

Just a quick paragraph on Trump's fucking outrageousness

"...Far from a one-day onslaught, it was a climactic moment in a weeklong lurch by Tru​mp back to ​​the darkest tactics that defined his rise to political power​. Even those who have grown used to Trump’s conduct in office may have found themselves newly alarmed by the grim spectacle of a sitting president deliberately stoking the country’s divisions and pursuing personal vendettas in the midst of a crisis that has Americans fearing for their lives and livelihoods."

God, do I ever HATE that man! He's well summed up by a recent book title: "Everything Trump Touches DIES" by Rick WiIson.

Bill Kristol, former Republican and erstwhile opponent of Trump

It's a little perverse, but I enjoy the neocon Bill Kristol, a frequent talking-head on MSNBC. He's interviewed in this week's Washington Post Magazine:

Republican hypoccracy "really came to a head on impeachment, where we fought hard trying to get Republicans to do the right thing and failed entirely, except for Romney.

"I think that brought home to me,
-- and should have brought home to everyone -- that Republican members of Congress should get ZERO credit for saying things in private that they’re not willing to say in public.

"At least the true believers believe it, right? I mean, is going along REALLY a more admirable stance? Is being a cynical apparatchik BETTER than being a true believer?"

Later in the interview, he was prompted: "It’s astounding for so many people to go along with something they don't believe."

He replied "That’s a good way of putting it: They DON'T believe it. But I think they also don’t believe it’s that damaging. I guess if you had to give a reasonable argument, it wouldn’t be that they believe it or that they’re intimidated even, exactly, but -- and I used to hear this when I talked to these people, which I don’t do much anymore -- 'Come on, Bill, it’s not that bad. He’s a jerk, and he says stupid things, but the system is the system. It’s working adequately.'”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/conservative-willliam-kristol-were-really-going-to-pay-a-price-for-this-terrible-failure-in-leadership/2020/05/11/16a87c84-7818-11ea-b6ff-597f170df8f8_story.html

Yes. Bill, we ALL will

Pandemic poetry

"War Poems of the Pandemic
Channelling Walt Whitman, a visiting military medic records his daily observations and fears in verse."
By Mark Rozzo

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/war-poems-of-the-pandemic

This week's New Yorker has some wonderful bits of poetry, from an umlikely source. First, a pain-filled poem:

"New York
is a
ghost town
where
even the
birds took
the last
train
to Jersey

"and
the night
rises blue
black as
an alley
cat and
my combat
boots echo
across
Broadway
like gun
shots or
a heartbeat
fading into
a silence
so complete
you can
hear the
crying
voice of
each and
every star"

Who is this perceptive poet? The magazine is protecting his identity. "He has not been authorized by the military to speak..."

Please read the whole piece, but I want to tantalize you by the lead:

"Not long ago, as the world was halfway into week whatever of suspended animation, a man who lives with his wife and children in the Midwest arrived in New York City. He is a writer...He became a career military man, medically trained, who did tours in Afghanistan..

"His latest deployment was to New York, where his expertise could be put to use saving lives and alleviating suffering..."

"In the days after his arrival, he began documenting what he saw. Walt Whitman, nursing the sick, wounded, and dying in the Civil War hospitals of Washington, D.C., famously wrote that 'the real war will never get in the books.'

"The military man’s notes, jotted down between fourteen-hour shifts, are glimpses into the real war currently being fought in hospitals around the world."

Holy shit -- WHERE sre we?

"Dithering" -- piss or get off the pot!

In my daily perusal of media, I just saw a word that's rather infrequently used -- dithering! ("Infrequentlly" because most people most of the time DON'T.)

In the coronavirus era, it's been usefully applied to both politicos and senior bureaucrats -- a case in point being yesterday's Hill testimony by Rick Bright. Dr. Bright -- fired as head of CDC's epidemic-control agency, essentially for NOT dithering -- reported that he had been harassed by the HHS Secretary, then removed from his vital job while the WORLD faces the worst epidemic in a few centuries.

The evident reason was Bright trying in vain, early in the outbreak (January), to obtain top-level support to fix the awful atate of equipment/drug stockpiles, as the epidemic headed for the U.S.

I suggest we identify and sanction "ditherers" responsible for the slowness of Federal reaction to the obvious needs of the moment.

To start with, Congress -- both houses account for literally hundreds of ditherers. Vote against ANY eleected official who isn't concretely idetified as a NON-ditherer. This certainly includes Congressmen (AND women -- I think of Susan Collins!), but there are others (the whole Republican Party, with one or two exceptions). The late Senator McCain was exemplary, but there are damned few others -- which proves my point.

We should also punish the staff of relevant committees in both Congress and the agencies (HHS, CDC -- who, let it be noted, fucked up the production of COVID tests) must also go. Some of them might even choose to return to the medical profession -- Dr. Fauci would be an excellent public-health professor.

Let's add "dithering" to the seven desdly sins. "No loitering" could be our watchword. Ahem, don't just stand there, DO something!

So, go ahead, you LJ pals, and object to me tarring such players with my trusty brush.Though, note, actively playing one's vocational "game" is the opposite of dithering).

Enough politics for now...

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Nothing lke a sexy garter-belt to spice things up!

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From a luscious blog called "ubiquitousanthropology" -- I've enjoyed literally dozens of sexy poses from her site in the past several years. BTW I see myself as the stern mistress cleverly posed on the right edge of the picture (see her garters?) -- but I can be a good subbie, too, and I love that collar the sweet girl so obediently wears...

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And I'd ever so much like to be this luscious subbie, wearing only those cuffs on my ankles. Who wants to be my captor?

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Oooh, I love green-eyed girls! BTW all five of these photos are from that "ubiquitousanthropology" blog.