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How they Treat Their Sick

Lefty Mudderbaugh maintains his lead


Saturday Night Live comic Gilda Radner was honoured today with a posthumous star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the eve of what would have been her 57th birthday.
The midday event was timed to coincide with the release of Voices for Gilda, a compilation CD that includes performances by Dan Aykroyd, Tony Bennett, Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Celine Dion, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Gene Wilder and others. A portion of sales will benefit Gilda's Club.
Radner died of ovarian cancer in May 1989.
In 1991, to help carry on her wish that no one face cancer alone, Gilda's Club was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner's cancer psychotherapist. The mission of Gilda's Club is to provide places where men, women and children with cancer can join others for emotional support.

Toronto Star Jun. 27, 2003

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
.......Aurelio is a common Hispanic first name........Marcus Aurelius

quoted at, a site devoted to Stephen Sondheim, who has a new play, Gold, premiering in Chicago.

link path thru Johann Hari at the Independent UK 28 June 2003

On leaving college he toured West Africa with longtime friend, guitarist and Griot, Mansour Seck, soaking up more knowledge, "it's traditional for young musicians to do that. When you arrive in every village you do a gig. This makes you friendly with all the young people who are in the village. The next day the young people take you to visit the oldest person who knows about the history of the village and the country and about the history of the music". From there Baaba lived in Paris for several years, studying at the Conservatoire des Beaux Arts, with ears still wide open.

Baaba Maal

Saxos de bambu
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from the mighty Chris Waltrip's Dublog
who appears to have gotten it from Metafilter


"...a series of domestic utensils, fundamentally for culinary use, in bamboo and other natural materials...
The motifs are Argentine precolumbian designs, from cultures previous to the Incan invasion. "


By balking at none of this, Mr. Bailey winds up underscoring the sheer victory of Yates's determination to write, no matter what. Even if 100 perfect words constituted a long day's output, even if he had to run on empty ("This is what keeps your old daddy in business!" he once remarked, downing a handful of antipsychotic pills and chasing them with bourbon), even if "Dick generally expressed bewilderment at finding himself in a particular place and time," his work remained inviolate and essential.

"Many thought he wasn't long for the world, certainly not as a writer," Mr. Bailey notes, with supreme understatement. "But (oddly enough) they were wrong." So wrong, in fact, that his work survives for those who, Yates's daughter Monica said, can appreciate it best: those whose pleasure in great, unflinching art outweighs the discomfort that it causes.

Janet Maslin
NYTimes Books June 26, 2003
review of Blake Bailey's biography of Richard Yates
wherein Ms. Maslin quotes Richard Ford, a self-professed Yates devotee, and himself an author of considerable stature. the Cooperstown segment of Ford's Independence Day contains an image that is the soul of American fatherhood.


Jose Antonio Velasquez

Attus that were worn for everyday wear did not have much decoration, but those made for ceremonial wear were decorated on the back and around the sleeves with patterns in navy and black applique. Can you see how this unique pattern, like a parentheses, is repeatedly embroidered on the applique?

Attus Coat (Detail: Embroidery to ward off evil spirits)
(Private Collection)


Gisèle Didi, photographies
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thru I think gmtplus9

{there's a sense of propriety, etiquette, a lot of the people who want 'this' to be definable, something that can be described in a word or two, 'blogging' and all that. wait wait, I'm not sneering, I'm just suggesting it's really big, and very new, and maybe we could help it be more than just an extension of our collective desire for recognition, for place and community, which it is already anyway bigger than, but recent events should be pointing out to everyone how temporary things can be. the sense of propriety where you link to people and put a little light of recognition there and it's all thrilling and surge of joy, and yes, that it is. but what you're riding while that happens is too big for description, that's the point. and also it's irritating to feel some pudge-brained auteur bad-vibing oneself from across the country because one has obviously jumped from a suggestion of said vibist on to some delightful site and linked same without crediting the original pioneer. but I open about thirty windows and some of them have four or five tabs, and I blink back and forth and around and often forget where I got where from. and at the beginning I didn't know html at all just what the blogger crew threw up at blogspot.
briefly I guess it's maybe overemphasizing the credits at the expense of the movie. kind of like the same greed-scummish trench the music biz is trying to extricate itself from currently. where the contracts become far more valuable than the 'product' they're about.
I try.}

The main parts of a keris are its blade, sheath and hilt. Each part helps to characterize the keris in terms of origination, era, owner, and symbolism. The blade is the most valued part, in that it holds the sacred power of the keris. There are two main constituents of the blade: the pamor (the damascene design on the blade) and the dapur (the shape of the blade). A combination of metals is used in the making of a keris. Keris smiths make different blends of iron, steel, nickel and sometimes meteorite. The Javanese consider kerises made with meteorite to be particularly powerful. The meteorite is obtained from a meteor that fell in Prambanan, central Java, in 1729.

Object of the Month
Science Museum of Minnesota


Hills with Mustard, near the Banning House
Ann Bridges

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Nazareth, From the North West

Winter Solstice
Phoebe Sarason
Schomburg Gallery

"Artists are played like stocks, and are often commodified -- they're hot one moment and dropped the next. The artist's desire to create is unique, and is an admirable and vital impulse that should be celebrated."

Susanne Vielmetter
Susanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects


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