My Articles for Thursday, July 26, 2007

After a stormy season with the abrupt exit of Rosie O’Donnell, ABC’s daytime talk show, The View, is moving to bring aboard two new outspoken co-hosts: comedian Whoopi Goldberg and performer Sherri Shepherd. Final talks are underway, and a hiring announcement is expected next week.

A photograph of Whoopi Goldberg by Annie Leibovitz is included.

[tags: blogs, Whoopi Goldberg, The View, television, celebrities, photograph, Annie Leibovitz]

“Condensation: Five Video Works” (which includes Death by a Thousand Cuts) is the first major solo exhibition of Chen Chieh-jen in the U.S. Chen’s video works are described by some critics as compelling in their sense of urgency about issues of politics, humanism, and social welfare. Photographs, a photo-gallery and video are included.

[tags: Condensation, Death by a Thousand Cuts, China, Taiwan, photographs, YouTube]

“Photo of the Day: Apartment Hunting Couple”

This is a beautiful, high-resolution photograph of a couple who are apartment-hunting late at night in Brooklyn.

[tags: blogs, Photo of the Day, Photograph of the Day, photograph, Apartment Hunting Couple, New York City]

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16 Year-Old Elvis: Canadian Idol Jaydee Bixby Croons for You

16 Year-Old Elvis: Canadian Idol Discovery Jaydee Bixby

Jaydee Bixby: “It’s Only Make Believe”

Jaydee Bixby: “Runaway”

Jaydee Bixby: “It’s Only Make Believe” (Second Performer)

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My Articles for Friday, June 29, 2007

The Chelsea Hotel on West 23d Street in Manhattan is an elegantly shabby Victorian-Gothic hotel, which is registered as a national historic landmark. The Chelsea has a long history of serving as a sanctuary for the the avant-garde.

Through the years, those who lived at the Chelsea have included Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, Edith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Cohen, Willem de Kooning, Jane Fonda, Janis Joplin, Milos Forman, Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Hopper, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Vladimir Nabokov and Wes Klein. Dylan Thomas drank 18 straight whiskies there, his last. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while living there.

Recently, a corporate-style management team has taken over running the Chelsea, and its artist-residents are worried that the hotel will be transformed into a posh New York “boutique” hotel. A national grassroots protest is underway, and this posting is in support of that protest.

The article contains photographs and a video photography composition with music audio (Lou Reed: Walk on The Wild Side).

[tags: The Chelsea Hotel, artists, New York City, images, photographs, music, video, urban life, slideshow]

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My Articles for Thursday, June 14, 2007

“Goths: Taking the Human Condition for Granted.”

A discussion of a goth persective on living. A music video by London at Night is included.

[tags: goth, goths, music, music video, dailymotion, social, cultural]

“Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why are President Bush and His Aides Smiling about It?”

President Bush receives a copy of the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. From left in the picture are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Again, but why are they all smiling? Gross. Very, very gross.

[tags: Virginia Tech killings, Virginia Tech shootings, student killings, President Bush, Virginia Tech Report, Cho, Sueng Lui Cho]

“Victory in Massachusetts!”

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Boston Globe reports this morning that a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which has been advanced by social conservatives, was soundly defeated today by a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. The vote was vote 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.

[tags: gay, gay rights, gay pride, GLBT, rights, freedom, Massachusetts]

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Goth: Taking the Human Condition for Granted

Gas Town Goth

Mikita Barthman wrote in today’s edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“Although they may look scary, goths tend to be unusually tolerant and peace loving.  It’s a truism that, despite their fringe status, rejection of social norms, and interest in death, most of those who dress in goth styles tend to be shy and withdrawn, though not necessarily depressed.  Anyone can be a goth; you don’t need to run in a pack (goths are traditionally loners).  And, as teenage subcultures go, it’s unusually quiet and friendly.  Goths are generally hygienic; their piercings are clean and discreet; they don’t stick dirty safety pins through their noses or ride around on motorbikes spitting and swearing.

Goth’s consistent popularity does not mean, as some curmudgeons assume, that young people today are becoming increasingly nihilistic and alienated.  Anyone who feels that way doesn’t understand the essence of goth, which is really all about self-acceptance, self-expression, and creativity.  Taking for granted the misery of the human condition, goth turns depression into an aesthetic, a semi-ironic pose — a perfect style for the awkward and self-conscious.  Pale makeup, for both sexes, perfectly conceals bad complexions; goth clothing tends to cover, rather than display.  And although its dark style was originally taken up as a backlash to the colorful disco music of the 70s, it may, in the end, be goth’s most successful feature.  After all, who doesn’t look good in black?”

London after Midnight: Kiss

Some might experience this as somewhat “jolting.”  It’s, as I myself don’t really like to put it, an intriguing perspective, and certainly deserves further thought and commentary.  So, for the time being please consider this a draft posting, which will receive further elaboration later.  Accordingly, at this point the piece is not being publicized.

However, for now, interested readers will find the entire version of Mikita Barthman’s essay at The Chronicle for Higher Education.

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My Articles for Wednesday, June 13, 2007

“Photo of the Day: Gay Pride, Brooklyn”

Photography by: Joseph O. Homes, NYC

[tags: Photo of the Day, Photograph of the Day, Gay Pride Brooklyn, gay, gay pride, photography]

“Go to Sleep You Weary Hobo: Emmylou Harris”

Music video and photographs.

[tags: Emmylou Harris, music, video, dailymotion, celebrities, photography]

The Paris Hilton that very few really know about. Revealed for the first time here!! Exotic photographs, a French music audio tribute, and an exclusive discussion of these little known details about Paris Hilton. Only Here, Now!!

[tags: Paris Hilton, celebrities, music, video, YouTube, jail, celebrity news]

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Go to Sleep You Weary Hobo: Emmylou Harris

Hobo’s Lullaby: Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris: A Hobo’s Lullaby

“Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can’t you hear the steel rails humming
That’s a hobo’s lullaby

Do not think about tomorrow
Let tomorrow come and go
Tonight you’re in a nice warm boxcar
Safe from all the wind and snow

So go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can’t you hear the steel rails humming
That’s a hobo’s lullaby

I know your clothes are torn and tattered
And your hair is turning gray
But lift your head and smile at trouble
You’ll find peace and rest some day

So go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can’t you hear the steel rails humming
That’s a hobo’s lullaby.”

This one’s for Neath at Walking Turcot Yards

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