Hello there, Homo sapiens! It has been quite a while since I did this. The past weeks has been totally busy not to mention moving our office for the third time in four years. Thankfully, I was able to squeeze in some reading in between. Anyway… welcome to another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam from […]WWW Wednesday 30-Sep-2020 — HappymessHappiness
• Ramones bass player Dee Dee Ramone was a writer of fiction (he wrote the novel Chelsea Horror Hotel), which means that he occasionally wrote fiction when he was supposed to be writing nonfiction — like many, most, or all writers of fiction, Dee Dee didn’t mind exaggerating (or lying) in order to make a good story better. For example, in his autobiography Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir, he wrote that after he left the Ramones he started creating visual works of art when he started robbing the students of Hollywood High School in order to eat their lunches and take their pocket change but found lots of Magic Markers and other school supplies in their bags. Is this fiction? Of course! In the same autobiography, he writes about murdering three Norwegian border guards. Something tells me that if he had really done that he would not have written about it; after all, writing a confession about committing murder can interfere with getting away with murder. By the way, one of his band members remembers Dee Dee writing Legend of a Rock Star while on tour — as Dee Dee was writing it, he “was laughing his *ss off.”
• Satirist Jonathan Swift did not suffer fools gladly. He opposed astrology, and he disliked astrologers. When an astrologer named Partridge started publishing annual almanacs of prediction, Mr. Swift invented the persona of “famous astrologer Isaac Bickerstaff” and in 1707 published his own almanac — in which he predicted the death of Partridge on March 29, 1708. When March 29 arrived, Mr. Swift printed and distributed a news report he had written on the “illness and demise” of Partridge, although Partridge was still alive and well. After reading of Partridge’s death in the report, the church sexton visited Partridge’s house to find out about funeral arrangements. Partridge’s friends stared at him in the street and told him that he looked exactly like one of their deceased friends. People referred to Partridge’s wife as the “widow Partridge.” When Partridge tried to publish another almanac, his publishers tried to stop an “imposter” from using Partridge’s name. Eventually, Partridge published a pamphlet to prove that he was still alive, but even so six years passed before he was able to publish another almanac.
• In 1932, when he was a child, Ray Bradbury attended a carnival, where he saw a magician named Mr. Electrico, who let electricity make his hair stand on end and sparks fly from his teeth. He also touched the children in the audience to let their hair stand on end, and as he did so he shouted, “Live forever!” The next day, young Ray attended a funeral, and he returned to the carnival, where he hoped to find out what Mr. Electrico had meant when he shouted, “Live forever!” During their conversation, Mr. Electrico told young Ray, “You were my best friend in the Great War in France in 1918, and you were wounded and died in my arms at the battle of the Ardennes Forest. But now, here today, I see his soul shining out of your eyes. Here you are, with a new face, a new name, but the soul shining from your face is the soul of my dear dead friend. Welcome back to the world.”
• In December of 1849, in St. Petersburg, 27-year-old Feodor Dostoyevsky was scheduled to die because he had advocated civil liberties such as freedom from censorship in his native Russia — something that the czar did not want to allow. The executioners took him and his fellow advocates for civil liberties to a firing squad, and Mr. Dostoyevsky prepared to die. Before the firing squad could shoot, a messenger on horseback arrived with a last-minute reprieve from the czar — the sentences of the “radicals” had been changed from death to hard labor. When Mr. Dostoyevsky died, he was most likely unaware that the whole scene had been a setup. The czar had never meant for Mr. Dostoyevsky and the others to die; he had always intended for them to be sentenced to hard labor. The czar had created the scene to show first, his power, and second, his mercy.
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BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC
Album: PROM QUEEN
Artist: Beach Bunny
Artist Location: Chicago, Illinois
Record Company: Mom+Pop
Record Company Location: New York, New York
Info: Released August 10, 2018
♡ Songs by Lili Trifilio
♡ Jonathan Alvarado – Drums
♡ Matt Henkels- Lead Guitar
♡ Aidan Cada -Bass Guitar
“Sounds of Beach Bunny” By Carrie Battan (The New Yorker, February 24, 2020)
The confessional indie-rock band captures the mood of social media, where the misery and humiliation of youth are molded into bite-size pieces of comic relief.
Price: $1 (USD) for track; $4.50 (USD) for six-track album