Presidential Race 2016

"This country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China."
"We'll find solutions. And the world will respect us. They will respect us like never before."
Should it be at all concerning that we're fed these elementary and totally non specific promises and statements by our presidential contenders?  What, exactly, are we losing to China?  


Sonnet XXVii

Naked, you are simple as one of your hands, 
Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round: 
You have moonlines, applepathways: 
Naked, you are slender as a naked grain of wheat.

Naked, you are blue as the night in Cuba; 
You have vines and stars in your hair; 
Naked, you are spacious and yellow 
As summer in a golden church.

Naked, you are tiny as one of your nails, 
Curved, subtle, rosy, till the day is born 
And you withdraw to the underground world,

as if down a long tunnel of clothing and of chores:
Your clear light dims, gets dressed, drops its leaves,
And becomes a naked hand again.

Pablo Neruda


"Thoughts and Prayers" Anthony Jeselnik

Alright, so this guy is a writer.  His performance "Thoughts and Prayers" (now streaming on Netflix) has been so scrubbed I feel like during parts I'm listening to a haiku.  He has a slow, almost errie way of sauntering across the stage and speaks slowly and methodically and wears entirely black.  This attire reminds me a little bit of a ventriloquist; as though Jeselnik is trying to disappear and allow the words to be the focus of his performance.  He shows little facial expression, too, throughout.

His black attire additionally mirrors the darkness of his jokes.

He's fascinating, and here's one of the jokes that I really liked (paraphrasing);  "I met a beautiful woman and she told me that she was a brain surgeon.  And I was so impressed because it's not often that a woman can get away with being sarcastic."


Sarah Silverman on Fresh Air

A surprisingly good interview here.  Never have liked Silverman very much; her vulgarity crosses my line in the sand and I find her un-listenable.

But in this interview she discusses her struggles with depression, the recent death of her mother as well as the inspirations for her comedy.  I guess that she reminds me a little bit of Louis C.K. in that I like her better in her serious interviews than in her comedy.

She said that when she first started out in comedy, she accepted the prevailing attitude that a good female comedian could make men laugh.  These critics hailed Paula Poundstone as a model female comedian since she discussed topics that could just as easily be covered by a man.

"It took years for me to realize, you know, like, comedy is talking about my own experience, and I'm a woman.  And that's my experience.  And just because it isn't yours doesn't invalidate it."

I love this quote.  So true, so true that a woman's perspective and experience are as equally valid as a man's.  Which is one of the reasons I've become so enamored with the Bechtol test these days.  Tired of seeing women's experiences and perspectives pushed to the margins in movies.


Things Shouldn't Be So Hard

A life should leave
deep tracks:
ruts where she
went out and back
to get the mail
or move the hose
around the yard;
where she used to
stand before the sink,
a worn-out place;
beneath her hand
the china knobs
rubbed down to
white pastilles;
the switch she
used to feel for
in the dark
almost erased.
Her things should
keep her marks.
The passage
of a life should show;
it should abrade.
And when life stops,
a certain space--
however small--
should be left scarred
by the grand and
damaging parade.
Things shouldn't
be so hard.

Kay Ryan


Sophia Amoruso Part II

Attended a reading for Sophia Amoruso's book, #GirlBoss the other day.  (And yes, I've already blogged about here here.)

Something about listening to this petite woman read to us about how she spent her early 20s supporting herself by stealing, combined with the fact that she's now a millionare, recently married, and universally (well almost anyway) adulated just did not sit right.

What can you really learn from this woman?  Be a fuck-up and a misfit, break the law chronically, have no formal education, and somehow the stars will align to make you a superstar?  Now that certainly won't work for everyone.


Dmocratic debate re-cap

Just a quick re-cap of the debate; I found it boring and rather depressing, honestly.  How those three men (I'll call refer to them as 'whatever the hell his name') are such OBVIOUS losers, so it was basically just a debate between Hilary and Bernie.  And even though Bernie performed well (arguably won) Hilary still fees like a shoo in, or anyway, if I had to place my money on a candidate, it'd be on her.  Although, just for the sake of making these interesting, and not having another Clinton in the White House, I really really hope that Bernie wins.  Hilary's comment about being a woman is the most significant attribute she'd bring over Obama......OMG.  That made her sound so vacuous.

Found the Republican debates WAY more electric in that each candidates performance really made a difference in whether or no he or she advanced in the polls.


Foreign Policy Question for Democratic Debates

Do you think that Putin, Bibi, Assad, or any person or creature living in this galaxy or neighboring galaxies will feel comfortable having Trumps hands on the nuclear codes?


The Gift - spoiler!

A decent movie about a couple who're haunted/stalked by the husband's former classmate.  It takes a lot of turns; the husband, played by Jason Bateman, initially comes across as stable and discerning, and his classmate, Gordo, as bizarre & perhaps mentally ill.  By the end, let's just say, the husband, or Simon, as he's called, is not such a nice guy, and the viewer has a lot of sympathy for Gordo.

Additionally, we start out really liking the wife Robyn, then at one point discover that in the past she had a drug addiction, and so begin to think she's a bit unstable, then at the end really really really like her, even more than we did at the beginning (or at least we're supposed to).

"You think you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you."  ~A line that Gordo tells Simon, who bullied Gordo in high school and arguably ruined his life.


Fiorina & Electibility

I've been reflecting a little bit more on this woman, and think that her singular commendable quality is that she possesses a tremendous amount of gumption.

Just her conceit that she could become the president, and then having the confidence to go for it says volumes about her audacious personality--since she has zero political experience, a failed run for Senate in California, a dubious business career, and a sparse voting record.

She's remarkably been polling 10%-ish over the past month which speaks volumes, as I said above, to her gumption.

However, given that this is her only credential, she'll soon be estimated in the public's eye as a emperor-with-no-clothes sort of candidate, and she's got a rats chance in hell of securing the GOP Nomination nor the Presidency.

And she'd be a foolish mistake---not a wildcard---to put onto a ticket as the Vice-Presidental nominee, given her dubious at best resume.

Even Sarah Palin, proven to be a totally failed wildcard, had actually been elected to office.



I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.

                    And nothing
happens!  Nothing...Silence...Waves...

   --Nothing happens?  Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?

Juan Ramon Jimenez.


James Franco Roast

In the same vein as my September 23rd post, I've just gotta list here the dias of the James Franco Roast & single out the Jews.

James Franco
Seth Rogan
Aziz Ansari
Jonah Hill
Nick Kroll
Bill Hader
Sarah Silverman
Natasha Leggero
Andy Samburg
Jeff Ross

Yes, I am aware that this roast took place about two years ago and so is sort of old news.  However, I can't help but be stunned and a little sickened at the gross over representation of Jews in this dias.

I just find it so hypocritical that these 'progressive' Jewish comedians who tout equality of representation across race and religious lines would so shamelessly compile a dias of 70% Jews (when Jews in fact represent less than 2% of the population).  They just seem to have so much self love.  Are they aware that all of their Jewish jokes sound tiresome and narcissistic to non Jewish listeners?