Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated Diary Excerpts | Brain Pickings

On my reading list:

Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated Diary Excerpts | Brain Pickings.

Salvador Dalí’s Rare, Erotic Vintage Cookbook | Brain Pickings

Salvador Dalí’s Rare, Erotic Vintage Cookbook | Brain Pickings.

Getting Happy – Cultural Weekly

Review by Sarah Elgart, the dance in this video is freaking amazing.

Getting Happy – Cultural Weekly.

Dad Plays His Harmonicas

Last Sunday we had Dad over for dinner. Mom had found his old harmonicas earlier that day and she decided to bring them out and see if he’d remember how to play them. I have to admit, I was skeptical. After dinner, once he was comfortable in the living room, mom brought out the instruments and dad picked up on it pretty quickly. It was delightful! But, does anyone konw what it is about these things with dogs? Julie mournfully “sings” along.

Dad Plays his Harmonicas from Karen Villeneuve on Vimeo.

Dad Plays His Harmonica, II from Karen Villeneuve on Vimeo.

No Facebook, No Dilly Dallying

Okay, I am getting out today to take my restaurant work resume around and “get my name in” (as mother calls it) to the local eating establishments. I am throwing in the cleaning towel and getting down to business with my studies for the TEFL, which begins on Sept. 2nd. I’ll be writing about my adventures starting now, on a daily basis, and staying off of Facebook for awhile! An IM with Glenna now and then, but that is it! Addictive? Yes. Why or how so? I have no idea, except that it just is. Something about needing to “check” in every day to *see* what people are up to… but it keeps getting vaguer, more sterile, and increasingly vapid (the posts, that is), save for a few of my friends who add color and thoughtful commentary, most of it is *reposts* of stuff they’ve either seen on their Timelines or on the internet. I know, I do this too– but it has got to change. There is risk of becoming too incestuous and regurgitative. Wow, actually thinking and feeling *alone* is kinda scary…!

A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron — Jeremy Sole — KCRW

A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron — Jeremy Sole — KCRW.

LISTEN TO THIS, BECAUSE I SAY SO

Poetry + Murder: My Dance with the Manson Women – Cultural Weekly

Another by Sarah Elgart. I performed with her at the prison one time. It is an experience I shall never forget.

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Poetry + Murder: My Dance with the Manson Women – Cultural Weekly.

Greg Junelle, a two year memorial

It’s been two years since my friend Greg Junelle passed. He was a friend and a peace-leader and beloved by so many. It is still difficult to grasp that he’s gone– how such an energetic, generous, exuberant man with such a lust for life could be taken by cancer, and so young. This video captures the Greg I remember, although I didn’t know him well, I became close with Dorene, his life partner.

Transient Is Arrested in Slayings of 2 – Los Angeles Times: The Banality of Evil

Okay, now, blegh. Arrrgh. I just heard about this today, via an ex-husband whom I rarely communicate with but whom I just so happened to email because I own a drawing made by, Richard, who happens to be the the only son of the late Robert Leese. Just searching for the story was hard enough. I couldn’t find anything official when I Googled the name of the victim, no, I had to Google the murderer’s name in order to bring up actual news about this tragedy.

So, why is it we are inundated by the Media when a *celebrity* dies, or commits suicide, and we once again get the lecture via pundits about the evils of drugs and alcohol abuse, and how we don’t take “mental illness” seriously enough, and yet we hear nothing about something so tragic as this– a drug-related senseless, bizarre, gruesome, unconceivable murder? The cause-and-effect rondo of drugs and mental illness within the construct of banal daily routine within the banal chaos of city life? Which becomes nothing but an arbitrary obituary.

Transient Is Arrested in Slayings of 2 – Los Angeles Times.