Music Recommendation: Al Green — “Let’s Stay Together”


Music: “Let’s Stay Together”


Artist: Al Green

Artist Location: Forrest City, Arkansas

Record Company: Hi Records

Record Company Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Info: Mr. Green has won 11 Grammies.

He is No. 14 on the Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Singers.

Hi Records is the premier Memphis Soul Record Label of the 1970’s and home to Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay, Willie Mitchell, and more.

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $7 (USD) for 10-track album

Genre: R&B


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Hi Records

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Books — Illness and Injury, Illustrations, Insults

Illness and Injury

• When World War I started, G.K. Chesterton wanted to fight for England, but an injury prevented him from raising an arm very high, thus making it impossible for him to join the infantry. In addition, his imposing weight made it impossible for him to join the cavalry. After taking thought of how he could serve his country in war, he said ruefully, “I might possibly form part of a barricade.”


• Children’s book authors sometimes have odd conversations with the artists who illustrate their books. After looking at Newsweek one day, Joanna Cole, author of The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System, called the book’s illustrator, Bruce Degen, to ask, “Bruce, have you painted Neptune yet?” She then told him that Newsweek had published some photographs that revealed that Neptune had a Great Dark Spot, something that astronomers had not known about before. Mr. Degen had already painted Neptune, but he was able to easily create a Great Dark Spot with a dab of dark grey paint.

• As a young man, Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of such children’s books as the Madeline series, lived in a sparsely furnished apartment. To brighten up the apartment, he painted scenic views on the window shades and pictures of elegant pieces of furniture on the walls.


• Drama critic Percy Hammond occasionally did not like certain people, and he showed his dislike. After moving from Chicago to New York City, Mr. Hammond was attending a play when its press agent came up to him and asked, “Are you getting to like New York any better, or are you still lonely for Chicago?” Mr. Hammond replied, “Never so acutely as tonight.” Another time, Mr. Hammond was tired of the hero worship shown to Stuart Sherman, who became literary editor of the Herald after working at the University of Illinois. On hearing that Mr. Sherman was looking for an apartment in New York, Mr. Hammond asked, “Does he want to pay a high rent, or is he content with a walk-up shrine?”

• Unpublished authors sometimes besiege published authors, hoping for free criticisms of their works. A woman brought a play to Samuel Johnson and requested that he read and criticize it. Being already busy with his own work, Dr. Johnson begged off, saying that if she read through it herself with a critical eye, she would find the same mistakes he would. The woman said, “But sir, I have no time — I have already so many irons in the fire.” Dr. Johnson replied, “Then, madam, the best thing I can advise you to do is put your tragedy along with your irons.”

• Author G.K. Chesterton became annoyed by the noise made by a local film studio located near his house because it interfered with his writing. Eventually, he sent his secretary to complain to the head of the studio. She made a strong protest: “The situation is becoming impossible. … Mr. Chesterton can’t write.” The studio head replied, “We were well aware of that.”

• In his autobiography, Ave Atque Vale, writer George Moore criticized one of his former professors. The professor, Robert Yelverton Tyrrell, responded, “Moore is one of those folks who think that Atque [Latin for and] was a Roman centurion.”

• Oscar Wilde listened to Frank Harris tell a long story which turned out to be a paraphrase of a story by Anatole France. Afterward, Mr. Wilde said, “What a charming story, Frank. Anatole France would have spoiled it.”


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