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My Bad. And my Bad Guy Moment.

I thought the neighborhood in Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” video was in Palm Springs. Had to be. Turns out the location was Balboa Heights which is a part of the greater San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The most featured … Continue reading

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To the Ladies By Lady Mary Chudleigh

17th Century poet Mary Chudleigh fought the feminist battle three hundred years before most people thought that fight started. Read by the incomparable Ghizela Rowe. To The Ladies by Lady Mary Chudleigh (1656–1710) Wife and servant are the same, But … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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I Have Been Faithful to Thee, Cynara! in My Fashion

Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) Carol Rumens writes in the Guardian  (external link) that this poem’s title is “[F]rom Horace’s Odes, Book 4, 1, translat[ing] as “I am not as I … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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A Demon in My View — “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) Well, this explains Poe, doesn’t it? As well as the music of  Black Sabbath. 🙂 “And all I loved, I loved alone.” That is master class! And upsetting and sad. Poor Edgar. … Continue reading

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Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling

The immortal Rudyard Kipling. (one of many internal links) A favorite poem. Masterful use of call and response. Danny Deever By Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) ‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn … Continue reading

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Burns Day is Coming Up

The next Burns Day will be celebrated in Scotland and in much of the literate world on January 25, 2021. Burns Day, and perhaps more importantly, Burns Night, began informally in 1801. It has since become an official holiday in … Continue reading

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La Marseillaise Sung by Mireille Mathieu (with English subtitles)

I’ve never understood La Marseillaise until now. An anthem so stirring it could churn butter. As all translations differ, the version below differs from what is on the video. La Marseillaise – English lyrics From http://www.marseillaise.org/english/english.html Arise children of the … Continue reading

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No Help Needed

No Help Needed The video of Amy Winehouse that I posted recently (internal link) shows that she didn’t need anybody except a guitarist to bring out her music.Tony Bennet wasn’t needed, an elaborate studio wasn’t needed, a group of musicians … Continue reading

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