davidbrucehaiku: optimistic nihilism






None of this matters

We might as well enjoy it

Good times lie ahead


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davidbrucehaiku: a USA contrast





Much money for war;

Social services money

Always in danger


NOTE: “Why does America always seem to have trillions of dollars for wars, but basic things like raises for teachers, healthcare and social security are always in danger?” — a tweet from Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show


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Music Recommendation: Barry Osbourn — “Have Mercy”


Song: “Have Mercy” from the album ARTIST TOP PICKS

Artist: Barry Osbourn

Artist Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Info: “Barry Osbourn is an independent songwriter and musician with 35 years experience, writing, performing, and recording original material. While fans are always great, my primary goal is to license material for commercial use. Enjoy!”

Price: $1 (USD) for song; Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 18-track album

Genre: Guitar Blues Instrumental

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in the Arts — Work


• Comic singer Anna Russell once worked in a pantomime at the Ashton Circus in Australia, which is as famous there as the Ringling Brothers Circus is in the United States. Most of the pantomime performers stayed in hotels, but Ms. Russell decided that she wanted to experience the circus life, so she rented a trailer and stayed with the circus performers. At the end of the season, she was presented with a medal that had her name on one side and the Ashton crest on the other. According to the ancient tradition of the circus, she could get a job — even if it is nothing more than washing the elephants — at any circus in the world simply by showing the circus her medal.

• Régine Crespin, a woman of conviction, was supposed to sing the title role in Tosca, but during a rehearsal she sang a phrase faster than the conductor, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, wanted her to sing it. He told her, “Signora, that phrase does not go that way.” Very politely, she replied, “Maestro, if you don’t mind, we can discuss these details afterward.” Mr. Molinari-Pradelli then rudely said, “No, there is nothing to discuss. It will be done as I say, and that’s that.” This was too rude for Ms. Crespin, so she said, “Tant pis” [roughly, “So much for me working for you”], left, and Mr. Molinari-Pradelli was forced to find another person to sing the role of Tosca.

• In 1948, Sir Thomas Beecham was scheduled to present a program of English music at the Royal Albert Hall, but few tickets were sold and he cancelled the concert. Sensing an opportunity, the Bournemouth Corporation immediately called him and asked him to present the same program using their orchestra in Bournemouth — and they guaranteed a full house. Sir Thomas accepted, and conducted in front of a full house, as promised. Playing celesta in the Bournemouth orchestra was Rudolph Schwarz, the regular conductor of the orchestra, who wanted the privilege of playing for Sir Thomas.

• Duke Ellington played in a lot of places as a young jazz musician, including a club near Broadway that was supposed to be run by gangsters and that oddly kept catching on fire. Occasionally, the owner told Mr. Ellington and the other musicians that a certain night was a good night to take their musical instruments home because an “accident” was about to happen. By the way, Mr. Ellington understood the power of word-of-mouth advertising. When he was a young musician, he used to pay people to go around and tell other people how good he and his band were.

• Walking through the Louvre, Paul Valéry and artist Edgar Degas saw a large painting of large oak trees by Henri Rousseau. Mr. Valéry admired the painting, and he marveled at how the artist had painted so many individual leaves. He said, “It is superb, but how tedious, painting all those leaves. What a dreadful bore that must have been.” Mr. Degas responded, “Be still. Had it not been tedious, there would have been no enjoyment in it.”

• Mexican artist Diego Rivera put his art before everything else. Often, he worked 15 to 18 hours a day, every day of the week. He would snack rather than eat, and his common-law wife, Guadalupe Marín, once complained that he didn’t stop working long enough even to take a bath. During 1932-1933, Mr. Rivera worked so hard painting murals that he lost 100 pounds!

 No one ever thinks of ballerinas collecting unemployment insurance, but they do. During the off-season, when all the ballet dancers were laid off, ballerina Alice Patelson used to go downtown to the unemployment insurance office on 90th Street and Broadway, where she would see other dancers with the New York City Ballet.

• Robert M. Brinkerhoff, the cartoonist of the long-ago comic strip Little Mary Mixup, had a yen for travel and a strong work ethic. The two worked well together. Before he traveled to the Orient, he turned in 100 cartoons to the United Feature Syndicate. For two years previously, he had created one extra cartoon each week.

• While choreographing a new production of Swan Lake, Peter Wright told ballerina Galina Samsova, who was to be carried by the dancer playing Rothbart, that she had to be down the alley formed by two rows of swans in a very quick time. Ms. Samsova laughed, then said, “I’m easy — I’m being carried.”

• When New York City Ballet ballerina Wendy Whelan was asked what she liked least about her choice of careers, she replied, “The knowledge that it’ll be over.” (What she likes most are the people she works with.)


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“there’s no telling where this mad man might drag us.”

Art of Quotation

[It’s] one thing when he’s baiting Democrats, quite another when he’s thumbing his nose at international law. On Twitter he threatened to bomb important cultural sites in Iran and later explained to reporters aboard Air Force One that if it and other countries were going to engage in terrorism and torture, hell, why should we be any better?

Here, Mr. President, is the reason: because we aspire to values that are actually worth fighting for. And the day we take our cues from the likes of the Taliban and the Islamic State is the day we should just junk the Statue of Liberty and retire the national anthem.

Please, God, let Richard Nixon’s “madman theory” of international relations — which held that an aura of recklessness might cow adversaries — have merit. Otherwise, there’s no telling where this mad man might drag us.

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