36 thoughts on “Arts & Culture Tuesdays – 4/10/12”


  1. The Alabama Shakes album comes out today. I’ve been happily listening to “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now” by Justin Townes Earle all week. The Kindle book is “Raising Jake” by Charlie Carillo, which speaks mightily to my Queens roots, and the nightstand book is “Fug You” by Ed Sanders, which speaks mightily to my high school days in Manhattan.

    1. Ahh, I was about to comment on the same–I’ve had the Alabama Shakes album on repeat all morning.

    2. Thanks to your recommendation, I’ve been listening to Alabama Shakes on spotify… good stuff. Thanks!

    3. Regarding the Alabama Shakes, I just saw them at a PACKED Georgia Theater this past Thursday. Absolutely fantastic performance. I think just listening to the album won’t totally do them justice. You’ve got to see Brittany Howard (lead vocals/guitar) play live. She is a woman POSSESSED!!!

      1. Peep Show is one those fantastic britcoms that would never ever make it past the FCC. Why are we so much more retentive than the Brits. Oh right, darn PURITANS.

    1. I don’t do Netflix, so I don’t know whether this is available on it, but the Game of Thrones series is the sh!!!!t…highly recommend. In addition to great acting, writing, and costumes, there’s lots of moral turpitude-type shenanigans, nudity, & wicked nasty swordplay going on in every episode! Not for the kiddies, but great fantasy fare.

    2. Battlestar Galactica

      Also:
      Bill Cunningham documentary

      Reading Ready Player One, Ernest Cline. Very fun, even if all the gaming you did in the 80’s was watching over your friend’s shoulder at the video arcade while he played Galaga for hours.

  2. That talented duo The Civil Wars will be performing at the Braves home opener this Friday 4/13. A pre-game performance and then they will sing the National Anthem. Game starts at 7:35pm, don’t know how early the music starts. Should be great.

    1. Me either. Bought a Kindle, partially because so many on DM, even cranky old-timer types, recommended it. Maybe I haven’t tried hard enough yet but I’m putting it down to pick up real books. But my silly children like it…..as though the same book on an electonic device is somehow 1,000 times more riveting.

    2. You sound just like my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather who used to say he couldn’t read anything that hadn’t been hand-scribed by monks! 😉

    3. Holding a real book is such a nice respite from staring at computer screens all day. I admit that I sound like my father, who adamantly refused to buy an electric typewriter, even in the early 1990s. To him, his Smith Corona’s “clickety click” was the voice of an old friend.

    4. Totally converted to Kindle, except for cookbooks and kids’ books. My son can’t take out the bookmark on my Kindle. The books are cheaper than buying new real books and a lot are free. No more books to try to squeeze into already over-crowded bookshelves. Kindle just totally won me over, and I work on a computer all day. To me, they’re not the same at all.

  3. I look at a computer screen all day, too, and find reading on the Kindle to be a totally different experience. I typically am reading 2-3 books at the same time, and love being able to carry them all with me everywhere without using a wheelbarrow, plus whatever I’m planning to read next. I can read big, fat tomes without wearing out my puny, middle-aged girl wrists. And if I finish a book late at night and need to begin the next one in the series immediately, I can turn on the wireless and buy it and start reading it, all inside of a minute. (Delayed gratification is rightfully reserved for children.)

    Speaking of typewriters, it warmed the cockles of my heart last year to reclaim the portable, manual typewriter I took to college (and used to earn beer & cigarette money, typing term papers for other people at 50 cents/page). The intervening decades notwithstanding, there was still a trace of ink in the ribbon and I thought, maybe this is what I need to finally get this novel out of my head and onto paper, doing it the old-fashioned way, tapping into all the creative sparkle of my youth and magically blending it with the wisdom and discipline of my middle years. NOT. If you haven’t tried to use a manual typewriter lately, I can tell you it’s REALLY HARD.

  4. Speaking of Kindles and downloading books from Amazon.com, is it common for the electronic book to be different from the hard copy book? My daughter downloaded a book while I was reading the hard copy and then we discovered that the electronic version is missing sentences of text here and there plus an occasional illustration. Because complete sentences were omitted, not random bunches of text, it doesn’t appear to be an electronic glitch but, rather, purposefully edited. Could this be because it’s a children’s chapter book?

    1. I’ve noticed the occasional misspelling or odd garbage character but not often. I’m thinking I read somewhere that the conversion to Kindle-format happens in different ways for different books and I also think that sometimes someone is actually re-typing the words into the new format. That could explain what you’re seeing. Anytime there’s a human involved, there’s a chance for error. 🙂

  5. Reading Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.” Really great stuff.

    Listening to the Frames’ “Set List” from 2004. It scorches.

    1. Democracy Now had an excellent series of interviews with Dr. Marable about his book. The interviews were recorded immediately before Dr. Marables’ death. Probably they are available on YouTube or the DN archives. http://www.democracynow.org/

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