The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 8

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on October 31st, 2016 by bill
This week let’s press on to the end of Chpater 6 of Slaughterhouse-Five, where we’ll be told that “Fünf was good old five.”

The Best Paragraph About Food I’ve Read This Week…

Posted in Whatever Else on October 31st, 2016 by bill
...is also the most pretentious. But I love it anyway. From an article about the Italian chef Massimo Bottura:
Lunch ends with “Camouflage,” a dessert whose original bud of development in Bottura’s febrile mind goes back to a conversation between Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein — something he once read about. It is arranged on a plate in the colors of military garb, and made out of powdery and custardy layers of chocolate, spices, foie gras, red wine, and the blood of a wild hare.

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 7

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on October 24th, 2016 by bill
Now that Rosewater County is safely in the rear-view mirror, let’s proceed to the end of Chapter 3 of Slaughterhouse-Five, where we’ll learn about “the night he was kidnapped by a flying saucer from Tralfamadore.”

Diagnosis: TAD

Posted in Whatever Else on October 21st, 2016 by bill
This week I diagnosed myself with a condition that I’m calling TAD, or Trump Addiction Disorder. The symptoms are that anytime you access any form of media, the first, second, and third things you want to know about are what kind of crazy shit Donald Trump has done now. Or the moment you get into any conversation that’s even vaguely political, you want to steer it toward Trump in order to wallow in his nuttiness. Getting the Republican nomination for president has given him a platform from which to push back the frontiers of assholishness, to scale previously unthought-of heights of douchebaggery, and he has not fumbled the opportunity. With every day that passes he achieves new personal bests, and thus new world records. He is the Katie Ledecky of angry orange gasbags, the Muhammad Ali of political asininity. I’m a little worried about the withdrawal, which seems certain to begin November 8. (There may be some tapering off as he fulminates about having the election stolen from him, but the media will lose interest in that after awhile. You would think.) I’m also worried that when I walk into the voting booth there will be a little voice in my head telling me to vote for him so the circus can continue. I think I’m strong enough to resist that, but I find myself wondering how many actual Trump voters are similarly motivated. It’s the only rational reason to support him that I can think of. It’s also possible that when he loses Trump will start his own new TV network where he will conduct a shadow presidency, telling us every day how much better of a job he would be doing than Hillary. That might work out best for everyone. Donald gets to pretend he matters; we get the entertainment value without, you know, the economic catastrophe and nuclear war. Fingers crossed.

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 6

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on October 11th, 2016 by bill
All who are still aboard, let’s proceed to the end of God Bless You Mr. Rosewater: “...be fruitful and multiply.”

X-Post: Lennon Turns 26

Posted in Something about the Beatles on October 9th, 2016 by bill
This post also appears today on The Beatles Plus 50. On this day in 1966 John Lennon — DOB October 9, 1940 — celebrated his 26th birthday in Spain with his wife Cynthia, Ringo Starr, and Ringo’s wife Maureen. He’d been through a lot in barely a quarter-century; at an age when most people were just starting their careers, he was in a band that was more popular than Jesus. Looking over Lennon’s bio just now, it struck me that his life was organized pretty neatly into decades. He was 20 when the Quarrymen became The Beatles in 1960; 30 when they broke up at the end of the 60s; and 40 when he died at the dawn of the 80s. A cynic might say that Mark Chapman mercifully spared Lennon his “Dancing in the Street” moment, but you have to wonder what he would have done with the years he lost. He would have been 50 just as the 90s started, a beloved godfather to the Nirvana generation, and 60 at the turn of the millennium. He’d be turning 76 today if he’d made it this far. I picture him as a grumpy but lovable old man, still wearing those glasses, yelling at Beatles fans to get off his lawn. Wikipedia informs me that October 9 is also Sean Lennon’s birthday. Born in 1975, Sean is now 41, an age his father never got to be. So Happy Birthday to him, and to John, and to all you Libras out there. According to Cafe Astrology.com, if today is your birthday:
You are a study in contradictions. Although compassionate, humanitarian, and egalitarian at least in theory, you can also be domineering when the mood strikes you. Your moods and behavior swings can be frustrating for others (and for yourself!) at times, but they also help fuel your powerful creativity. You love debate and you have a way with words. You are not tolerant of narrow-minded thinking. You possess considerable strength of character, and partnership is extremely important to you. You live by your own truth.
In other words: You are John Lennon.

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 5

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on October 4th, 2016 by bill
OK, we have a quorum at least, so let’s keep moving. For those who may have fallen behind, let's set a modest page count for this week: let's meet at the end of Chapter 10 of Mr. Rosewater: “And look who’s winning. And look who’s won.”