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Ataturk’s Revenge

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ataturk’s Revenge

Not content to start World War IV, George Bush has restarted World War I. You can read about it here. Or type the link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/ap_on_re_mi_ea/turkey_kurds

Note the Turkish general’s conviction: “An operation into Iraq is necessary.”

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Vonnegut … and so it goes…

One of my literary heroes, Kurt Vonnegut, has died at age 84. I never met the man, though I did hear him speak on two occasions, five years apart, when he gave the same lecture. Just once, though, after I moved to New York City, I saw him in the street near the Turtle Bay area of Midtown Manhattan where I worked, and because I never knew what I would do if I saw one of my heroes, I stood dead still and stared at him crossing Second Avenue. And our eyes met. He looked at me, and I looked at him. He knew I recognized him. And then the man who survived the firebombing of Dresden, who was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, who wrote many novels on the moral implications of science, who invented the Tralfamadorians, and Kilgore Trout, and Billy Pilgrim, and Bokononism, and Foma, and Wampeters, who was the honorary president of the American Humanist Association, the man who used science fantasy to address the horrors of science reality … this great man looked back at me with total fear in his eyes that I was a stalker, turned at a sharp cut, and walked in the other direction, out of my life forever.

Here are the Top Ten reasons you should read a Kurt Vonnegut book immediately:

10. When the Tralfamadorians in “Slaughterhouse-Five” kidnap Billy Pilgrim and porn star Montana Wildhack and force them to mate as part of a science experiment on Tralfamador.

9. When the killer substance Ice 9 ravages the world and brings on the apocalypse in “Cat’s Cradle.”

8. When anarchy breaks out in “Player Piano” and the machinists are suddenly the only people who can lead in this completely automated society.

7. When Vonnegut appears as himself in “Breakfast of Champions” and gets attacked by a dog and his testicles get sucked up into his own body cavity.

6. When he is confronted by his fictional creation of Kilgore Trout in “Breakfast of Champions,” who begs Vonnegut, as the Creator, to make him young again.

5. When Bokonon, an ex-U.S. serviceman, creates his own religion on a Caribbean Island, known as Bokononism in “Cat’s Cradle.”

4. When Vonnegut stops the action in “Slaughterhouse-Five” to make the audience aware that his protagonist has an enormous member. “You never know who’ll get one,” he writes.

3. When Vonnegut stops the action in “Breakfast of Champions” to make little pen doodles of everything from his sunglasses, to his anus, to hamburgers to an American flag to show things that represent life in America.

2. For his female protagonist in “Cat’s Cradle,” who says it is selfish to share love with just one person.

1. For offering this prayer for the dying … “And So It Goes.”

(Originally posted April 12, 2007)

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Music!

Hey all,

I’ve had a little downtime with other projects, so I spent January and February recording some music. You can find some of it here, if you like:

http://www.myspace.com/ersalodeguierre

(Originally posted April 5, 2007)

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By Eric Rasmussen

 

A high buzzard

touches the mind

In a yard

of bleached bones,

Bare, calloused feet

heel the knocks

of sand,

 

Under cloud

dark beet,

No

water to sustain

Not even tongue

of root. Nor rain

to lick the rocks

 

In the turtle-lidded

insides

Of shells, once eyes:

A beggar collects

pennies for the temple

Pennies are pain’s gold.

 

Then from under the cock’s crow,

And hook-winged Molloch,

A star strumpet’s snow angel sallies

Across the desert floor

 

With His word

Absolution,

To clean the mind

Of its preoccupations

Cleanse rude

light off the Eastern rain

 

Through the

heat

Cool winding rose

Surfaces

 

All in the mind

 

August is reconfigured,

To expire

in good time

(Originally posted March 28, 2007)

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1 CBS
Survivor Cooking

2 ABC
The Bachelor 8: Escape From The Bachelor

5 Fox
Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire 
And Then Immolate Herself When He Dies?

21 Cinemax Two 
Sexy Cop Lady 

33 Cartoon Network
Detective Flatus

79 CUNY Albany Public Access
The "Hell Is Other People" French Cooking Show 
("L'enfer, c'est les autres ... dans ma cuisine!")

101 Sundance Channel 
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl 

23 E! Entertainment Television 
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Dana Plato 

218 Cinemax One 
Obsessive Compulsions, starring Shannon Tweed 

200 HBO1 
Real Sex 25: Strippers, Hippies, Orgies 

201 HBO2 
Jerry Maguire 

202 HBO Espanol
Real Sex 25: Chicas Hippies Desnudas 

210 Showtime 
Hot Tudor Action

107 Hallmark 
Sarah, Hatchet-Faced And Sullen

108 The Movie Channel
A Love Song for Bobby Long

42 C-SPAN 
A Warrant For Henry Kissinger 

35 Public Access 
Robin Byrd's Quadriplegic Nude Talk Show 

10 Fox News
All The Heroes We Could Dig Up

37 Lifetime
Cagney & Lacey

38 Headline News 
Scott & Laci (A Nancy Grace Dead Horse)

215 Cinemax Three 
Fatal Tumescence 

18 History 
From Indians to Huns, Classic Prophylactics

19 Discovery 
Triumphs of Boeing

22 Spike TV
Crash It, Burn It, Kill It! 

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A psychological horror tale from a friend of mine, Dana Wickens, starring yours truly in my very short, abortive acting career.

Enjoy it here.

Dana’s also the drummer for a Boston rock outfit called The Yestones, and you can hear a really cool song they did called “London” here.

(Originally posted March 27, 2007)

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Poem

For Us, It Is Always 9-10

We bowled open the heavy black door

And light bloated our faces

From the cellar, as freaks

Flooded in and out;

Destination: Taxi stand

Robust in your plastic wrap

And platform shoes

The boilers sobbing under your feet.

Every brouhaha was new then,

Every fight was golden,

That ghost-fishing night

I gave you away with your

Ludicrous plume to your anger

The diadem and feather fan

And the gold espadrilles

A complement of Meat Packing District Trannies

It was a beautiful drama in a prelapsarian blue light

Of dawn, always our address

The room where we poked each other in the hurt

To see where the hurt was

We still live there, some of us; because for us it is always 9-10

Two long stemmed lovers

With all these tomorrows frozen before us

A day still stiff in my knuckles with my lapels

A kiss waiting on a rouged mouth,

Still hanging to die

–Eric Rasmussen

(originally published March 19, 2007)

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