Via Open Culture: ‘Trust a genre-loving auteur like Quentin Tarantino (and one who made his very own Django a few years back) to know Spaghetti westerns inside and out. While even those of us who never turn down the chance to enjoy a good Spaghetti western might struggle to name ten of them, Tarantino can easily run down his personal top twenty:
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
- For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965)
- Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
- The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
- Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
- A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964)
- Day of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967)
- Death Rides a Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967)
- Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci,1966)
- The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessar, 1965)
- The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima, 1966)
- A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
- The Dirty Outlaws (Franco Rossetti, 1967)
- The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
- The Grand Duel (Giancarlo Santi, 1972)
- Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
- Tepepa (Giulio Petroni, 1968)
- The Ugly Ones (Eugenio Martin, 1966)
- Viva Django! (Ferdinando Baldi, 1967)
- Machine Gun Killers (Paolo Bianchini, 1968)
You can watch all the trailers of these Spaghetti western masterpieces in the playlist…, created by The Spaghetti Western Database.’
This is a revelation for me. I have always loved Sergio Leone’s films, but I am excited to learn that there is a rich body of work of at least five or six other auteurs of the genre waiting for me out there!
Via Boing Boing: “Being gluten intolerant means you are entitled to tell people about the offensive things that happen to you if you eat gluten. Because they’re not gluten free, they’re obligated by law to listen.”
Disclaimer to my gluten-intolerant readers: I recognize that the verdict is not in on the reality of non-celiac gluten intolerance.
Via Big Think: ‘…[T]he question at the heart of this new report is, “Can the remaining whales ever recover?” Populations remain low — they’re whales after all, not rabbits — and other threats, such as changes in climate, unstable food supplies, and noise from military sonar, could stunt efforts to restore the population.’
Via Salon.com: ‘How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16 . At an under-the-radar town hall in Des Moines, Sanders had the crowd begging for more. Here’s why it matters.’
Via Salon.com: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art: ‘ “Boyhood” or “Birdman”? Beck or Beyoncé? Who cares. We must stop turning creativity into another dumb competition…’
“My boyfriend of 7 years and I are both physicists. Heres how he proposed to me.”
(Imgur via Boing Boing)
Guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company Dies at 73 (NYTimes.com): ‘His death was announced on the band’s website, which said Mr. Andrew had a heart attack 10 weeks ago and underwent open-heart surgery.
Big Brother and the Holding Company was among the first and most successful exponents of the so-called San Francisco sound, an adventurous mix of folk, blues and rock influences fueled by psychedelic drugs. (Others included Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.)
Mr. Andrew, who founded Big Brother in 1965 with the bassist Peter Albin and shared lead guitar duties with James Gurley, referred to the band’s sound as a “progressive-regressive hurricane blues style.”
…Critics, even while praising Ms. Joplin’s singing, often dismissed Big Brother and the Holding Company in its late-1960s heyday as undisciplined and lacking technique. Mr. Andrew, not surprisingly, saw things differently.
“Big Brother and the Holding Company,” he once said, “was a prime example of a band where the chemistry was right, where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. You cannot buy or manufacture the natural feeling that was in that band.” ‘
I tend to agree with Sam. Big Brother was not merely a backing band for Janis, as clear in the extended back and forth riffing between him and her on numbers such as ‘Ball and Chain’ or ‘Combination of the Two,’ both captured well on Cheap Thrills. Sam, I’m cueing up the LP now. You will be missed.
The Poetry of Richard Milhous Nixon, a slim volume compiled by Jack S. Margolis and published in 1974, stands as a seminal work in verse. Comprising direct excerpts from the Watergate tapes—arguably the most fecund stage of Nixon’s career—it fuses the rugged rhetoric of statesmanship to the lithe contours of song, all rendered in assured, supple, poignant free verse. Below, to celebrate Presidents’ Day, are four selections from this historic chapbook, which has, lamentably, slipped out of print.
The position is
And to cover up
You could say
We are all
A few shots
It will be over.
Want to be
On the other side
IN THE END
In the end
We are going
To be bled
And in the end,
It is all going
To come out anyway.
Then you get the worst
Of both worlds.
(via Paris Review)
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Via Salon.com: ‘Former labor secretary Robert Reich on the dangers of on-demand jobs and our growing intolerance for labor unions’