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Existential crisis/Moving Sale--Synths, Eurorack, Guitar Pedals!

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:13:00 +0000

I'm selling a large part of my studio as I reimagine my whole mode of being. (Either I'm going to become a mountain hermit or I'm going to buy a Serge Modular.) I'm not interested in trades. Cash only.
Analog Synths:
Moog Minitaur Recently serviced and in great shape $425
Arturia Minibrute w/ original box and documentation $325
Korg MS-20 mini w/ original box and documentation $425

Controllers:
Arturia Beatstep $65
Akai Max 49 USB/Midi/CV Keyboard Controller $375

Eurorack Modular: Some rack rash
Tiptop Happy Ending Kit (silver) w/ Flying Bus cables $90
Tiptop Tiptop Happy Ending Kit (silver) w/ Flying Bus cables $90
Pittsburgh Modular Envelope $115
Pittsburgh Modular Toolbox $100
Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 $70
Pittsburgh Modular VILFO $120
Pittsburgh Modular Mixer $45
Verbos Complex Oscillator $425 (It has a lot of rack rash--I'm the second owner, but works perfectly.)
Make Noise Optomix $190
Make Noise Function $110
Doepfer A-119 Envelope Follower $85
Doepfer A-143-9 VC Quadrature LFO Jacks are a little loose, but it works perfectly $60
Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb $150
Doepfer A-112 Sampler $135
Intellijel Buffered Multiple $50
Intellijel Passive Multiple $20
Intellijel uVCF $145
Trogotronic M/177 Tube VCA  $235
Frequency Central Continuum Phase Shifter I think there is a newer version; this is the older one. $160
STG Soundlabs .Mix $90
Malekko Wiard Boogie Filter $135
Malekko Xmix $100
Malekko 8nu8r $65
Malekko Envelator $140
Malekko Noisering $210
WMD Multimode VCA $185
WMD Triple Bipolar VCA $185
WMD Buffered Mult $50
Toppobrillo Quantimator $190
Oberheim SEM Patchpanel $675 (Actually a stand-alone analog synth module)
Koma Kommander $65

I also have a lot of cables. I'll sell Tiptop Stackables for five dollars each. Email me if you're interested!

Guitar Pedals and effects: Please note that I am not a guitarist, so that most of these pedals are in very good shape as my foot has never touched them!
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (new version) $265
Electro-Harmonix 8 Step Sequencer $95
Electro-Harmonix Superego $165
Moog Minifooger Drive $145
Moog Minifooger Ring Modulator $125
Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation $75
Voodoo Labs Superfuzz $60
Boss Compression/Sustainer $100
Idiotbox Blasteroid Fuzz Earlier version $50
Idiotbox Mad Doctor Stutterer $50
Idiotbox Dimension X $50
MXR Six Band Graphic EQ $50
Moog Expression Pedal unused in original box $30 (I have several of these if you're interested.)

If you are interested please email: tarkka at gmail dot com. My name is Dan and I'm located in Aurora, Colorado. If you want to come look at the items for sale, we can set up an appointment.



Snoop goes to GS25!

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:02:00 +0000

At my last job in Korea, I went to GS25 to pick up milk, cereal, packets of kimchi, ramen and maybe an icecream, almost every day. I lived in a rural area and my apartment building had a GS25; the nearest proper grocery store took some time to get to, via bus or taxi, so I only went there once a month or so. The Psy and Snoop Dog video is pretty great. It just seems they are having fun in Korea, doing some typical things in Korea. And that makes me happy.



BECAUSE FACEBOOK SUCKS AND I'M NOT WRITING A NOVEL AND I PROBABLY SHOULD DO SOME WRITING

Sun, 25 May 2014 09:02:00 +0000

I've returned to this blog in hopes that it'll spurn me to write more and think more; why not? I'm not writing anything (creative-wise) and I'm on the internet all the time. I should be on my blog. Okay I was on my blog. CIAO.



New Korean Countdown

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:57:00 +0000

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Herzog. Encounters with Remarkable Men.

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 21:52:00 +0000

Well I finally saw Herzog with my own very eyes. Thanks to my friends Lauren and Dave, (Babushka and Little Fyodor) who clued me into the international conference at the University of Colorado. I had been to this conference before as an undergraduate in the mid 90s. The highlight of the experience was always Roger Ebert's "interruptus" session of some movie he thought worth dissection. It is a "democracy in the dark." A movie is watched in a theater (The Mackie Auditorium) but anyone is allowed yell "stop!" to make a point or ask a question. In the past it was wholly moderated by Ebert. But the man can't talk anymore.All I knew was that Herzog was going to be in Boulder, and therefore, so must I. The details trickled in, but I was in such an excitement that nothing really registered except that "Herzog was going to be in Boulder!" A quick glance at the panels excited me further. A talk on his "walking on foot." And then two two-hour sessions of Aguirre the Wrath of God in Interruptus form over two days. To my extreme delight I found out when I arrived that not only would it be Herzog, but also Ramin Bahrani, director of the neo-realist film "Chop Shop.' A film that I think is one of the best movies of the past decade. The absolute anecdote to Avatar. (He also directed the cutesy "Plastic Bag" short that's been floating around, narrated by Herzog.) Bahrani, a young accomplished director, and a professor at Columbia, asked all the best questions. And the audience mostly allowed the two do the majority of the commentary. Still, even when some knucklehead would ask a stupid question, Herzog could ALWAYS transmute the banal into the profound. He is just spectacular to see speak. *We went up to talk to him afterwards; Babushka in the vanguard. She slipped him a CD of Little Fyodor and Babushka's Peace is Boring. And as a delightful consequence, the CD is a prop in the video that Ebert shot of Herzog explaining his latest project; something to do with a cave in France. Petroglyphs and stalagtites filmed in 3-D, apparently!Here's Ebert's blog post from the first day.I'm off screen. But only just. Off to the left, standing with Dave and Lauren (Little Fyodor and Babushka.)If only I had the courage to chime in with something substantive, instead of enduring stupid comments from aging, clueless Boulderites! (I'm positive that there could be a very small number of people in the audience that knew as much about the man as I did--if any.) But I was mortified, less than ten feet away, in the presence of the man I most idolize on this planet. So, I didn't get to speak to him directly. That will have to happen another time.* The esctatic culmination of this effect was at the end of the second showing day of Interruptus. Because Herzog could not stay the whole week, there was a short question and answer segment at the end. There was time for one last question, and this older dude was annointed with the honor of the last question. This gent stood up and announced he was very particular about movies. He questioned the special effects, and how a cannon that fell from a cliff wouldn't explode this or that way. Some literalist bullshit. Herzog took this deflating, idiotic question and went on to explain that he was a storyteller, and the moment in the story was one of many that form a fabric that leads the viewer into stranger and stranger realities.Aguirre the Wrath of God was the first Herzog film I saw. I watched it almost disinterestedly on my roommate's tiny crappy TV on VHS. By the end of the movie I had felt like something had changed in me. Beyond something like "a ride," or "an experience." But an actual change in the way I experience reality. The dissection of the last two days showed me in many ways how this is accomplished by Herzog. Slowly, ever slowly, the reality of the movie evolves so that the unacceptable becomes the acceptable. And it is not a drug trip crescendo;[...]



Happy New Year, Jet Pack Fans

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:55:00 +0000

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New Podcast up: Sun Expert Alfred Epstein

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:20:00 +0000

This is one is a bit unorthodox. I have agreed to let the esteemed sun expert Alfred Epstein post a lecture. Alfred, I must let you know, is a puppet. In a series of email exchanges with Mr. Epstein I have learned much about the sun, puppets, and Canada. It must be mentioned that Alfred is a puppet and a Canadian. This information (both about Alfred and the information he provides) may or may not be interesting or relevant to you; regardless, it is to me. I had to put meltmaster's feet to the fire (metaphorically, of course) to get this one produced. But he did it.Here is alink!Some more information about this unusual podcast. We found Alfred through A&S contributor Sara Tarkka. She now blogs here, but is, of course, still in contact with Dan, as she is his sister. Sara has recently moved to Toronto to work on a PHD in something or other. Anyhow, she met a puppet and acquired it, I guess.In other words, this is a very specialized interest podcast, and you may or may not appreciate it.It matters little. As a troglodyte I am extremely interested in the sun phenomenon, owing to my primarily subterranean existence--I know little about these things! I find it quite fascinating. As far as this talk of parallel dimensions, inanimate revolutions and some talk of a mysterious character named "Mama X," I have no clue what Alfred means by this. I assume that Alfred's knowledge is a deep and esoteric, and thus beyond the domain of us laycreatures. We cannot but get a glimpse of the greater whole of this mysterious universe from hearing such learned puppets speak!Oh yes, I hope to have an update on the dramatic events of my own life. Namely that of Gormo's insurrection, usurpation of my empire, and the subsequent events that led to his death; and my subsequent, sweet, intricate revenge on the brutish philistine. I have been out of touch, but I have returned!In the meantime, I bid you happy listening.This is a post from the blog Angry and Sloppy Most posts are Dan, but not all of them![...]



592

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 22:22:00 +0000

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This is the home I grew up in. At least since my second year in Kindergarten. You can't see in the house, but you can see into the garage. Wonder what's in all those boxes?



Dinosaur Jr.

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 06:56:00 +0000

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Ice Ice Baby

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 13:49:00 +0000

For centuries the mountain top where this body was embedded in was frequently visited by members of the ABM where stories were passed on from one generation to the next. Many members would stand next to the body, frozen in ice, pondering at the tattoos wondering if this was in fact the worlds oldest and possibly first alien murdered on Earth. However, after word got out about the Iceman's whereabouts it was only a matter of time before the scientists arrived, ripping him from his frozen bed in the mountain and sharing him with the world

In the hopes of getting a few words from the prehistoric man they realized that unlike everything they had ever witnessed in the movies that this man would stay dead, never waking up, attempt to escape the lab, and go out in search of his tribe. Instead the scientists in all their wisdom, and against the wishes of the iceman's descendants, decided to make their site more "interactive" in their odd tribute to 1950s horror movies by having a 3-D section of the Iceman's body.
The story is kind of cool as well. Perhaps he was murdered by aliens..?

So dig up those 3-D glasses (they are needed) and make sure you are not viewing this after eating.

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Money in Space

Wed, 20 May 2009 07:37:00 +0000

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What's more than human?

Thu, 14 May 2009 16:24:00 +0000

Seems like they dug out the left overs from Space 1999 and Star Wars....
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I'm only in it for the money..or for laughs..

Thu, 14 May 2009 16:20:00 +0000

What more needs to be said...

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What are the best podcasts?

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 05:46:00 +0000

We've moved beyond the eclectic here. What are simply the best podcasts?There are SO many of them. I have a few that I really like, and have assembled a top ten list:1. In Our Time with Melvyn BraggThis has to be the best podcast of all time. It's been going on for seven years. Every week an eminent, scholarly gentleman has a morning chat with a different triumvirate of brilliant men and women about "never knowingly relevant" subjects such as the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, Eliot's Wasteland, and the Pre-Cambrian Explosion. It is definitely anglo-centric, but Melvyn is sharp and witty, and tackles the more scientific and mathematical subjects pretty amazingly for a layman [which is good for the laypeople (like me) whom are listening.] 2. WFMU's aired podcastsWFMU podcasts are in a class of their own (and thus occupy two places on this top ten list). Because I'm in Korea, I can't listen to my favorite shows live, such as The Best Show with Tom Scharpling and The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon. The Best Show has a new podcast called the Best Show Gems which looks really promising. (It takes the funny bits from the shows' huge archive; it's a three hour program, so it's definitely an investment of your time. But worth it if you can spare it.) My other favorites include DJ/Rupture's eclectic mixes, Radio Freetown. Lest we not mention plagiartist People Like Us's numerous contributions to WFMU that are usually available in podcast form.3. Philosophy and Ethics BitesThis is a British series that focuses on a huge array of philosophical subjects, interviewing various philosophers who are so smart it makes your brain hurt. It's good stuff; and you will probably have to listen to several of them repeatedly, as I have had to. Cause they are dense, cause they are brilliant. Speaking of which:4. Density of Sound - Netlabelism! I found this podcast absolutely randomly. He plays all music that is legally podcastable, which is nice. And he has very good taste. [Full disclosure: he has played some of my tunes.] He tends towards electronic, electronic dub, dubstep and otherwise dubby types music--but mainly because there is just so much good stuff being made in those genres. He plays noise and melodies without discrimination, just with good taste. His shows are always an eclectic brew in the John Peel vein. I have found lots of great stuff through him. (All legal; all free!)5. Vital WeeklyThis is a quote "so-called pod cast" unquote that I haven't listened to very often, but it is definitely Vital. I don't listen often because it doesn't download automatically and it doesn't offer the pure listening pleasure that Density of Sound offers. It does, however, do humanity the service of sifting through piles of CDRs and independent releases to find things that are interesting. Vitally, it offers extensive reviews of the music--so this is a quote "so-called pod cast" unquote that you don't even have to listen to! Vital!6. Broken Beat RadioThis great podcast has an (YES GLARGH!) eclectic (GREERSH!) brew of succulent, jerky yet smooth beats with an rnb tang. It works, and is perfect instant gratification. Sometimes it is jazzy, sometimes it is hip-hoppy, but it is almost always really good stuff. This is stuff I wouldn't normally listen to, but Argo and his crew's taste is impeccable. If I were ever to have a party where ladies whom wished for sophisticated beats to fashionably gyrate their sinuous forms about my property, with Dewar's and roaches in hand, this would be the first thing I'd head to get things bumping. Food for dreams...7. Radio LabLeslie turned me on to this one. It really annoys me like with its preciousness, a la This American Li[...]



The Best of Angry and Sloppy

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 04:54:00 +0000

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I've added a sidebar with links to posts that epitomize the best of my blog. It's been a strange five years. I've made a lot of friends, discovered some amazing music, literature and people. I have had some amazing travel experiences. Those who know me know that one of the great highlights of the past five years has been the birth of my nephew, and the friendship that I'm trying to nurture with him. Soon I hope to meet my new niece.

The "best of" are sort of the more wordy pieces I've done, but I'm also planning to do a set of links to some of the picture posts that I've done. And also include highlights from my co-bloggers. I plan to keep this site up, even as I try to branch out into some other projects. I consider myself a writer, but most any writing I've done that I have shared with people has been on this blog. I think when properly culled, there is something worthy to be found in this blog. I hope you think so too.

I plan to continue to be angry and sloopy. If you have a vote for the "best of" sloppy, let me know in the comments! Thanks for your continued support.



Velvet Underground's The Gift--Eyes in the Box--Self-mailing

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 02:23:00 +0000

Self-mailing has always been one of the primary subjects of this blog. Or at least that was one of the aims of this blog in the foggy days of its creation.

The Velvet Underground has been an abiding interest of mine.

Now, how is it that I never made the connection between these two?

Lyrics from The Gift (off of White Light/White Heat):

It was a New York company. You could go anywhere in the mails. Then it struck
him. He didn't have enough money to go to Wisconsin in the accepted fashion,
true, but why not mail himself? It was absurdly simple. He would ship himself
parcel post, special delivery. The next day Waldo went to the supermarket to
purchase the necessary equipment. He bought masking tape, a staple gun and a
medium sized cardboard box just right for a person of his build. He judged that
with a minimum of jostling he could ride quite comfortably. A few airholes,
some water, perhaps some midnight snacks, and it would probably be as good as
going tourist.

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How is it that I never made this connection before?

Notice that both subjects make it into this post. It's taken me four and a half years to make the connection. Sheesh.

I guess I never listened to it very carefully before. I just like grooving to it's funky noise jimjam. It's actually kind of annoying to listen to the words--it's distracting.



Stroyzek Ski Lift

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 01:36:00 +0000

It's spelled Stroszek, I think.



Sing the Body Eclectic

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 02:57:00 +0000

I use last.fm a lot and my new years resolution from 2004 was to be less full of shit, and my new years resolution from 2005 was to try to be nicer to be people--so with that preface, I'm pretty much showing how much of a hypocritical asshole I am. I think my new years resolution this year is to not be so hard on myself, but also not be full of shit and also be nicer to other people. This is all very difficult. But I've just befriended someone and I've cut and pasted their "about me" write-up here:My Music Library (will be updated periodically): 01-26-2009I created that HTML page using foobar 2000. It is the greatest media player of all time hands down.My library consists of 41793 songs as of February 13th 2009. Only 0.6% of my music library is lossy. The remainder is composed of lossless formats, predominantly FLAC, but also wav, monkey's audio, and wavpack.I take great pride in my tagging as I try my best to use official names for artists and albums. With english, I follow strict rules of capitalization with titles. Languages such as French use different title formats so i'm doing that as best as i can too.I'm constantly fighting with last.fm's tagging. Artists like "Smashing Pumpkins", "Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra", "Queenadreena" etc. last.fm has "Smashing Pumpkins" as "The Smashing Pumpkins" and "Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra" as "Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey" to name two examples. Forget about this new auto-correct thing. It's ridiculous. If they are going to auto-correct they need to figure out official names and stick to that.We have some elitists, people who strategically scrobble and or a combination of both on last.fm. I am neither of those. I stay true to my musical taste. You might ask yourself why I have more than one profile. The answer to that is simply because I go through different musical moods every now and then so I like to scrobble artists that are new to me so I can have an accurate picture of what my mood is that week or month. I also do it for the recommendations.As I'm sure you have noticed by looking at any one of my profiles, my musical taste is very eclectic to say the least. I like to think that I know a lot about any given genre or period of music, so don't be afraid to ask me questions if you have any. It annoys me when someone thinks they have eclectic taste or that they "listen to everything" when it really seems that they listen to different sub-genres of the same genre and maybe a classical music artist here and there.Anyhow, I sent him a shout asking him what was the most eclectic thing he's ever listened to. That, of course, was a jerky thing to do. But at least I've recognized it as being a jerky thing. But reveling in the jerkiness of it goes against my 2005 new year's resolution of trying to be nicer to people. But, surely, one elitist is allowed to be jerky to another elitist about being elistist, are we not? People always say that they have pretty eclectic taste in music, and, post 90s I think that is we live in the age of eclecticism. Napster and Limewire started making music exploring a lot easier. Actually, it was necessary. I remember looking for Waylon Jennings tracks and finding all sorts of stuff that I still don't know what it is. Most of it sucked. I remember searching for 'drone' and 'noise' and 'drum samples' and found some mic in stuff and other intriguing crap. Some of it was weird. I keep it all because I am a digital packrat. And now via piratebay.org you can download the AC/DC discography and everything Jack Johnson ever did; you buy Bitches's Brew and m[...]



The edge of the end: Herzog up for Oscar

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:34:00 +0000

Well, it's happened. He's been hobnobbing in Hollywood long enough; he's up for a nomination for best doc, along with Henry Kaiser. I haven't seen it yet.

I saw Henry Kaiser perform with Loren MazzaCane Connors, providing a live soundtrack to some crazy Japanese silent film (A Page of Madness).

I saw Mister Lonely. That isn't winning any awards. Nor should it. It should just be let be. Perhaps long down the road we'll see the genius in it.



My Favorite Picture of All Time

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:24:00 +0000

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At least for the all time being for now. From here.



For the benefit of my father

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 09:11:00 +0000

About a week ago I twittered something like this:

I have decided that there is a fine line between sex tourist and English teacher in Korea. If there is a line.


I guess he didn't quite know how to take it. Yes, it is an overstatement. But it is the sad truth that the (male) expats in Korea can be divided into three categories:

1. Sleazy misogynistic pussyhounds. (Sorry for the tart language.)
2. Creepy pseoudo- or actual pedophiles.
3. Normal people, some of whom are cool.

No matter how you slice it, a lot of interesting people end up in Korea. But that has its good and bad points, obviously.

I like to say that the expat population is basically equally divided between the three groups. It's not fair to say it; but on the other hand, I don't have a high opinion of a large amount of the expats here. A lot of the Korean men are creepy too--there's a thriving sex industry here. Partly I think it is just that a lot of guys are creeps no matter where you are, but the white guys think they can get away with a lot more in Korea. And I guess they do.



Pavarotti can't sing worth a damn

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:18:00 +0000

Why is this guy so famous? He's the Tom Waits of Opera. If Tom Waits is weird music for normal people, Pavarotti is opera for Tom Waits. Caruso, Callas and Bjorlings cough up and wipe little, mucus-bleeding asymmetrical Pavarotti's onto stagehands in between set changes.Why do people like him so much? He's Tom Waits, in that he's so popular. If Tom Waits is weird music for normal people, Pavarotti is opera for for those with Kenny G CDs. Your Carusos, Callases and Rosa Pensalles have shat out little asymmetrical turds that could sing opera better than Luciano. Or should I say, Loser-iano.Why is this guy so famous? He's like Tom Waits--universally lauded in the mainstream, when the people doing the real stuff stay on the margins. Tom Waits is a marginal talent; people send him their CDRs of shit and he just copies what these weirdos do. Maybe that makes him a genius in the Andy Warhol vein. But compared to Luciano Pavarotti, he's a nobody. And that's what Tom Waits would like you to think; I'm Tom Waits and I'm just a nobody singing my weirdo faux-hobo boho oboe. Yes you can polish a turd, and that turd's name is "Nobody" Waits. But his name is also Luciano Pavarotti. Rotting sewage. But perhaps I'm being a little harsh. But in the glare of the mind-bleeding talents--your Carusos, your Callases, your Melchiors--it's just impossible to consider Pavarottie as anything but pure garbage. Shellac for the soul.I bet Tom Waits listens to Pavarotti to learn how to sing. That I believe. But I don't know why anyone else would listen to either of them. I understand that they both have pipes. For a fake-weird man, Tom Waits gots pipes. And for a man who fills opera houses, maybe Pavarotti's got the greatest pipes of all. But they are both so awful--it seems to me that only true weirdos would listen to either of them. Not weird people, but people with weird souls. Pavarotti and Tom Waits are music for normal people with weird souls. And your real talents, your Carusos, your Callases, your Beniamino Giglis, your Giovanni Martinellis, your what have you's, that's for people with normal souls. Not normal souls, but...well for the real people. You know, what Keats talked about when he talked about the only real things being clouds and lines of Shakespeare. The real things are the things that deranged weirdos (asymmetrical beings with symmetrical souls) who send things to Tom Waits (who turns the asymmetrical artifacts symmetrical); and then Tom Waits re-interprets the things he hears on the CDRs that weirdos have sent him the same way Pat Boone reinterpreted Little Richard, or Keith Richards reinterpreted the blues. But I believe Keith Richard and Pat Boone. I think they believe in what they do. They can't help it. They have symmetrical souls. I don't believe in the idea of the soul. But I believe they have pure, symmetrical souls. Tom Waits is an actor--and a very, very good one--that's his soul's symmetry--he's an actor; Pavarotti too--he's a fantastic actor. Neither men are musicians, they are actors. So they are winning actors. Losing singers.The question remains--why are they so beloved? Unquestionably loved. Showered in the respective currencies of their respective homelands. The love for them is a veritable typhoon of overpowering esteem that I find baffling, asymmetrical. For one, Pavarotti can't sing worth a damn. I don't make this statement lightly; I realize how esteemed he is. And second, I find Tom Waits unin[...]



Convergence

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000

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Look closely at the left side of the picture. Where else would you see a picture of Tony Danza standing next to Werner Herzog than at Roger Ebert's blog?