Here’s a good gag from my old Whole Foods Market pal, David Staples:
Science professor: “Does everyone here know what Watson and Crick discovered?
Voice from the back of the hall: “Yeah, Rosalind Franklin‘s notes!”
Personal to Hillary: As long as you’ve demonstrated the ability to wear a variety of political cloaks depending on how strongly the wind is blowing, you’d better don the very liberal/progressive raiment ol’ Bernie’s pushing you toward. Y’know, the one the Republicans have been accusing you and your husband of wrapping yourselves in ever since you came out of Arkansas? The one, BTW, you’ve never really worn despite what the Far Right imagines.
America’s Shart, Donald Trump, has the angry white guy vote all wrapped up. Now, you’ve got to nail down the angry everybody else vote. And there’s getting to be a lot more of everybody else than there are of angry white guys.
It’s just simple math.
Bernie’s Gotta Build, Redux
Sheila Kennedy, who’s one of the smartest folks around, writes today, citing the opinion of Ed Brayton, about how Bernie ought to start building up his movement, as opposed to focusing solely on gaining the Dem nom — which he’s not going to get.
Now I realize Bernie Nation is going to have apoplexy when they read what I’ve just typed (the he’s not going to get part) but that’s okay. It’s clear these days Bernie’s most rabid fans like having apoplexy. In any case, she writes the same thing I did yesterday in these precincts.
Kennedy calls herself a Republican, although I have no idea why. She positions herself a tad to the left of Hillary. I suppose she’s holding fast to the notion that there have to be at least two teams going strong in this holy land and she’s going to do her level best, as an IUPUI Law and Policy professor and respected observer of the political landscape, to keep the dual party concept going.
I read SK’s blog posts every day and so should you. And thanks to Susan Sandberg for turning me on to her.
Hersh broke the My Lai Massacre and cover-up story back in 1969, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work. He’s written scads of books tearing the covers off the lousy tricks our gov’t likes to pull. For his part, Perlstein has written a thoroughly engaging series of books on the birth and growth of the modern conservative movement that began with the national ascendancy of Barry Goldwater in 1964 and has resulted in the rise of you-know-who, America’s Shart, today.
The PRLF has been going strong for 32 years as a street fest for the hyper-literate. Over the years, notable and fascinating authors from Augusten Burroughs and Chuck Palahniuk to Rick Bayless have appeared for panel discussions and readings at the event, formerly known as the Printers Row Book Fair. Each year hundreds of antiquarian and rare booksellers as well as publishing industry types and independent authors set up tables and booths on a five-block tract just south of Congress Street. Printers Row is an historic old Chi. district that used to be the center of the nation’s printing industry. It’s towering, elephantine old structures were built super-strong to bear the load of thousands of rotogravure machines and multi-ton rolls of paper. Now the buildings have been transformed into chi-chi apartments and condos for the new urban middle class. And, it being Chicago, there’s loads of food to be eaten at the fest.
Among the big names scheduled to appear this year:
- Buzz Aldrin — The second human to walk on the moon and author of Magnificent Desolation and No Dream Is Too High
- Sidney Blumenthal — Senior advisor to Bill Clinton and author of The Clinton Wars and The Permanent Campaign
- Amy Goodman — Journalist, co-host of Democracy Now!
- Ethan Hawke — Screen actor and director who dabbles in writing
- Steve Inskeep — NPR Morning Editon co-host and author of Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
- Sebastian Junger — Author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea and War; directed the documentary film Restrepo
- David Maraniss — Pulitzer Prize winner and author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
- Terry McMillan — Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy
- Ruth Reichl — The last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and best-selling cooking writer
- Marilynne Robinson — Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, Lila
- R.L. Stine — Goosebumps and other children’s series
- Vu Tran — Dragonfish: A Novel
- Andi Zeisler — Co-founder of Bitch magazine
If you dig books and street fairs take in the PRLF.
May 5th Birthdays
Søren Kierkegaard — Danish philosopher and notorious buzz-killer
Karl Marx — The original Marxist
Nellie Bly — Muckraking journalist born Elizabeth Seaman, exposed harsh conditions in mental institutions
James Beard — Bestselling cookbook author specializing in American cuisine
Leo Ryan — Member of the US House from California, was killed by Jim Jones’s People’s Temple cult in Guyana in 1978
Sylvia Fedoruk — Physicist specializing in cancer treatment, politician, and member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
Tammy Wynette — The First Lady of Country Music, sang “Stand By Your Man”
Michael Palin — Member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and author
Adele — Chanteuse