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When Burroughs And Kerouac Killed

from the New York Times

When a Real-Life Killing Sent Two Future Beats in Search of Their Voices

Courtesy of the Allen Ginsberg Trust

William S. Burroughs, left, and Jack Kerouac in 1953.

The best thing about this collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs is its gruesomely comic title: “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks,” a phrase the two writers said they once heard on a radio broadcast about a circus fire.

The novel itself, a sort of murder mystery written in 1945 when the authors were unpublished and unknown, is a flimsy piece of work — repetitious, flat-footed and quite devoid of any of the distinctive gifts each writer would go on to develop on his own.

The two authors take turns telling their story in alternating chapters. Kerouac, writing in the persona of Mike Ryko, tends to sound like ersatz Henry Miller without the sex or fake Hemingway without a war (“There was a long orange slant in the street and Central Park was all fragrant and cool and green-dark”); his chapters possess none of the electric spontaneity of “On the Road,” none of the stream-of-consciousness immediacy of his later work.

Burroughs, writing as Will Dennison, serves up passages that feel more like imitation Cain or Spillane: semi-hardboiled prose with flashes of Burroughs’s famous nihilism but none of the experimental discontinuities and jump-cuts of “Naked Lunch.” In fact, both writers lean toward a plodding, highly linear, blow-by-blow style here that reads like elaborate stage directions: they describe every tiny little thing their characters do, from pouring a drink to walking out of a room to climbing some stairs, from ordering eggs in a restaurant to sending them back for being underdone to eating the new ones delivered by the waitress.

The plot of “Hippos” stems from a much discussed real-life killing involving two men who were friends of both Burroughs and Kerouac. As James W. Grauerholz, Burroughs’s literary executor, explains in an afterword: “The enmeshed relationship between Lucien Carr IV and David Eames Kammerer began in St. Louis, Mo., in 1936, when Lucien was 11 and Dave was 25. Eight years, five states, four prep schools and two colleges later, that connection was grown too intense, those emotions too feverish.”

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on November 16, 2008 by Editor

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Yakuza Ninjas Tempura Sushi Chainsaws Flying Guillotine Drill Bra Revenge

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Editor

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Soul Power 74 On Film

from Variety

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Posted on November 15, 2008 by Editor

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The Art Handlers

from Art Market Monitor

I Like to Move It, Move It

November 14th, 2008 

Vinnie Verga at work

Who would have thought that the art handlers would have such leverage in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy? But here’s Bloomberg on the orphaned art collection:

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said it plans to sell about $8 million of artworks warehoused in New York and Paris to help pay creditors. It asked the court to let it pay $20,000 in overdue bills to art-handlers who would move artworks to and from the warehouses and display them to prospective purchasers.

If Lehman doesn’t pay the art handlers’ bills, they have the right under New York state law and French law to seize all the artworks to satisfy their claims, according to the filing

There’s an art to handling art. It’s not just about picking up a painting and moving it, or hammering a nail into a wall. It’s a lot more challenging than most people think. You have to know what you’re looking at, and you learn by experience. We become artists to figure out how we are going to hang something that weighs 300 pounds. There is engineering involved, and carpentry skills. [ . . . ] Getting big things into New York buildings is another challenge. Sometimes you have to hoist the piece up through a window, or fold it in half. I’ve even put stuff on the top of elevator cars.

click to read at ArtMarketMonitor.com ]

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Editor

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El Bestilla Loco

from The Chicago Tribune 

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Posted on November 15, 2008 by Editor

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The Female Prince and Shameless

Posted on November 14, 2008 by Editor

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Rare Leather

from MSNBC

In the book world, the rarest of the rare

Would you pay $25 million for a Bible? 

By Philipp Harper

 

Every passion has its Holy Grail, and rare-book collecting is no exception.

Ask a group of bibliophiles to identify the rarest of all rare books,  and a majority probably would cite the Gutenberg Bible of 1456, the first book ever printed.

Assuming a collector could find a complete first-edition Bible, which had a run of several hundred copies, he could expect to pay anywhere from $25 million to $35 million, says rare-book expert Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of Brattle Book Shop in Boston.

Gloss, a well-known appraiser who has appeared on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” bases his estimate on the fact that a single volume of the two-volume Gutenberg set sold for $5.5 million about 25 years ago. Today, single pages from first-edition Bibles fetch $25,000 each.

Anyone who can afford to invest in the top end of the antiquarian market generally will do very well. Consider, for example:

  • A first edition of the collected works of Shakespeare published in 1623 sold not long ago for more than $6 million, a record price for the Bard’s works.
  • The collection of Leonardo Da Vinci manuscripts that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates paid $30 million for more than 25 years ago now may be worth as much as $100 million, Gloss estimates.

Old books from the New World
While anything printed in the United States is of comparatively recent vintage, that hasn’t prevented demand for rare American works from going through the roof, too.

The most precious of the lot is a first-edition copy of the Declaration of Independence, several hundred of which were printed in Philadelphia for distribution throughout the Colonies after the original handwritten document was signed by the Founding Fathers. Though the copies did not bear signatures, the last one to come to market sold to television mogul Norman Lear for a cool $8 million.

Other items have seen their value build slowly through the years. Edgar Allen Poe’s first published poem, “Tamerlane,” is a case in point. Originally printed in 1827, the poem’s byline read “By a Bostonian.” It didn’t fare well with the reading public in large part, Gloss says, because “actually it was pretty horrible.”

The fact that its affiliation with Poe is obscured by its vague byline has given the poem a certain cachet as a hidden treasure to be bought cheap from unwitting sellers and then sold high to knowledgeable buyers. The latest instance of this occurred about a decade ago when a sharp-eyed collector bought the volume off a dealer’s $15 table and then turned around and sold it for $198,000.

[ click to read full article at MSNBC.com ]

Posted on November 14, 2008 by MJS

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Lightning Bolt – The Power Of Salad And Milkshakes

The Best Freakin’ Noise Band Ever

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(be sure to watch about 5:08 in for a truly nice piece of camera work)

Posted on November 13, 2008 by Editor

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Owls As Art

from World Of Wonder

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World of Wonder Storefront Gallery
6650 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Posted on November 13, 2008 by Editor

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Heavy Metal Happenin’

from The Playlist blog

David Fincher, Zach Synder And Gore Verbinski Officially Named Directors For ‘Heavy Metal’ 

David Fincher’s controversial project, the adaptation of the 80’s semi-skin sci-fi themed mag “Heavy Metal” has officially announced the acquisition of three directors who will each be directing a vignette in the film. Zach SydnerGore Verbinski and David Fincher, who is also a producer on the project were all directors we named back in September as being possible candidates, but they have just now officially signed on.

The magazine from which the movie is being based off was notable for featuring extremely erotic and violent science fiction stories, and the adaptation is expected to do the same. During the production of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Paramount suddenly dropped the film from its production schedule for at first was assumed to be the dark and sexy nature of the project. But it later came out to be an attempt by Paramount to strong arm Fincher into cutting the running time of ‘Button,’ which resulted in Fincher taking “Heavy Metal” to Sony. The producers promise more director announcements soon.

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Posted on November 13, 2008 by Editor

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Just Stick It In The Hole, Lady!

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Application To Become An Accessory To $700 billion Highway Robbery

from the Federal Flippin’ Government

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click to download application and get your share of the booty

 

Posted on November 12, 2008 by Editor

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Ballet Dancers Needed

from The Financial Times

Ballet dancers on UK’s most-wanted list

By Andrew Taylor, Employment Correspondent

Published: November 11 2008 13:17 | Last updated: November 12 2008 00:12

 

Sheep shearers, ballet dancers, maths teachers, geologists, chemical engineers, racehorse exercisers, physicists and biologists have been placed on Britain’s most wanted list under a new immigration points system, the Home Office announced on Tuesday.

The scheme is designed to stem the inflow of low- skilled workers from outside the European Union and give preference to entrepreneurs, financial high-flyers and professionals such as scientists and engineers.

The first stage, for highly skilled workers, was introduced at the end of February. The next stage for tier II levels skills is due to be launched on November 27. Only workers in industries with skill shortages will be allowed in under the rules.

As a result, the number of jobs available to non-EU workers would fall from 1m to just under 800,000, said Phil Woolas, the immigration minister.

[ click to read full article at FT.com ]

Posted on November 12, 2008 by Editor

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Bring On The Dancing Doubleheads

from the Guardian UK

Shortage brings call to let sperm donors father more children

 

The government should consider increasing the number of children that sperm donors can legally father to tackle the critical shortage of donated sperm in the UK, according to an expert report from the British Fertility Society.

The report calls for a national strategy to tackle the shortage of donated sperm, which is preventing numerous patients at fertility clinics from getting pregnant.

The government’s decision in 2005 to remove the right to anonymity for sperm donors led to an immediate drop in the number of women treated using donor sperm, from 2,727 in 2005 to 2,107 in 2006. The demand for donor insemination is about 4,000 women a year, which would need about 500 donors to register each year. In 2006 there were 307 donors.

One way to make better use of existing donors would be to ease the limit on the number of children they can sire. Currently, this stands at 10 families. The limit is intended to lower the chance that offspring from the same sperm donor will have children together themselves without knowing they are closely related.

[ click to continue reading The Guardian ]

Posted on November 12, 2008 by Editor

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Under The Unfigurative Bridge

from Funny Or Die 

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Posted on November 12, 2008 by Editor

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China Goes To War With Fashion Dynasty Over Bronze Animal Heads

from the UK Telegraph

Chinese fury at Yves Saint-Laurent art sale

China’s art historians have launched a fierce attack on a sale of relics from the collection of Yves Saint-Laurent, claiming that the country’s treasures are being plundered for the second time.

By Richard Spencer in Beijing
Last Updated: 8:18AM GMT 04 Nov 2008

Bronze animal heads taken from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860, which were bought by Yves Saint-Laurent

The two controversial sculptures from the private art collection of the late Yves Saint-Laurent  Photo: CHRISTIE’S

Two pieces of work in particular from Saint-Laurent’s collection have provoked Chinese anger: bronze animal heads from the “Zodiac Clock” at the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing.

All 12 heads disappeared during or after the sacking of the palace by French and British troops during the Second Opium War in 1860.

A number before now have come up at auction in the west and Hong Kong. All five of those have been bought by Chinese benefactors or a government art fund and returned to the country in the last eight years, but as their historical importance to China has become clear, the price has risen.

Saint-Laurent’s pair – the rabbit and the rat – have had estimates of pounds 6-8 million each put on their value by Christie’s, which has put them up for auction with much of the rest of the late designer’s collection in Paris in February.

The fashion designer died in June, and his companion, Pierre Berge, is selling their substantial art collection to raise funds for HIV-Aids research.

Although the circumstances under which relics from the Summer Palace, including the zodiac heads, left the country have never been clear, officials say they were looted by French or British troops.

Popular opinion in China, where the Opium Wars are taught by history books to be the start of a century-long decline in national fortunes only revived by Communist victory in the civil war in 1949, is unequivocal.

The whereabouts of the remaining five heads – the dragon, the snake, the sheep, the cock and the dog – remains unknown.

[ click to read full article at Telegraph.co.uk ]

Posted on November 11, 2008 by Editor

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The State of Rock Poster Art (per PopMatters.com)

from PopMatters

Hung Up: The State of Rock Poster Art

[10 November 2008]

With major labels fading and promotional budgets cut to the bone, can rock-concert poster art survive? Can it even thrive?

by Stacey Brook

In the paper-and-ink universe of Brooklyn poster artists Kayrock and Wolfy, of Kayrock Screenprinting, the indie rock band Oneida sounds like two yellow chickens pecking their way through a hypnotic funhouse background. Or like double monkey gargoyle heads floating against a honeycomb pattern of primary colors. Or serpentine dragons and medieval beasts worthy of fairy tales, slinking through a sea of blood red around a light-blue Care Bear. Basically, the band sounds like anything Kayrock and Wolfy’s prolific imaginations squeeze through their aluminum screens.

Oneida’s lead singer, Bobby Matador, who describes his band as “loud, fast, and repetitive,” says, “One of my favorite posters that Kayrock and Wolfy ever made for us was just a bunch of shit that Kayrock took from Tin Tin comics and a Hawkwind album cover. You really don’t ever know where it’s gonna come from.”

Since they began working together in 2000, the Kayrock duo have spent their days designing and hand-pulling promotional posters in a two-story, graffiti-ensconced warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, precisely saturating archival paper with ink from plastic quart containers, swapping out screens while aligning print registers, and tweaking last-minute designs. On machines cobbled together from old printer parts, Kayrock Screenprinting gives hundreds of bands identity on paper, churning out designs for such groups as Tall Firs, Les Savy Fav, Deerhoof, and Tiger Mountain. This isn’t a matter of glossy, label-sanctioned photos slapped with crass and impersonal “Fill in the Date” footers. Kayrock and Wolfy create original posters for tours and know the bands they are hired to represent on paper, often intimately. The work is always informed by the music, and lovers of both music and art are drawn to them. Their creations are a far cry from the flimsy promotional one-sheets that propagate modern-day music venues and construction site walls. In a world of pummeling advertising, they are rare promotional artifacts that make you slow down and stare.

[ click to continue reading at PopMatters.com ]

Posted on November 11, 2008 by Editor

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Master Morandi At The Met

from the Wall Street Journal

Taking Stock of a Reticent and Reclusive Master

By JAMES GARDNER

It is nearly 30 years since the Guggenheim Museum mounted its retrospective of Giorgio Morandi, and in that time this reticent and reclusive Italian master (1890-1964) has become a name to conjure with in America and abroad. Though his fealty to modernism and to the avant-garde was always somewhat ambiguous, Morandi is an artist who rivals Rothko and Cézanne in the radical reduction of his subject matter (mostly bottles arrayed across a table top) and in his priestly devotion to the cause of painting.

morandi.pngA new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, billed as the first in America to assess the artist’s entire career, largely confirms the exalted regard in which Morandi continues to be held. That, in itself, is remarkable. For a kind of mythology now encrusts Morandi’s reputation — so thickly that it almost conceals his art. It consists in the notion that he was a perfect, indeed infallible, painter. That is not the case, as this exhibition unintentionally reveals. But far more important is that, even when his weaknesses are admitted, there is still an enduring core of artistic intelligence and vision to the man.

In its barest outlines, the story of Morandi’s life could scarcely be simpler. Born in Bologna, where he lived and where he died, Morandi painted and taught painting for many years in the local academy. Aside from summer jaunts to the nearby town of Grizzana and sightseeing excursions to Venice and Florence, Morandi, who never married, rarely ventured from his hometown. And he left Italy on only three occasions, crossing the border into the Italian part of Switzerland. Contrary to a widely held belief, however, he was not a loner. Rather, he associated with some of the leading Italian luminaries of his day. Nor was he unappreciated or ignored by his contemporaries: From relatively early on, he was written about, exhibited and duly honored even beyond his native country.

[ click to read full article at WSJ.com ]

Posted on November 11, 2008 by Editor

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

from National Public Radio

The Making Of A Posthumous Best-Seller

by Martha Woodroof

NPR.org, November 11, 2008 ·The Girl with the Dragon Tattoois an unlikely best-seller — it’s the first book in a trilogy of thrillers written by Stieg Larsson, a previously unknown Swedish journalist who died of a heart attack in 2004.

“It’s a multigeneration family saga. It’s a story of corporate corruption, of religious fanaticism. It’s about the darker elements in contemporary society,” says [Knopf Editor-in-Chief “Sonny”] Mehta. “And then, at its basic level, it’s a kind of a classic locked-room mystery.”

Larsson’s day job was as a crusading anti-fascist journalist who was passionate in his support of anyone being victimized. He co-founded a magazine in Sweden called Expo. Daniel Poohl, a colleague at the magazine, calls Larsson “idealistic.”

“[I] never met anyone like him,” says Poohl. “I read the book after he died … it was … a way to hear Stieg’s voice again.”

The American edition of the novel sports enthusiastic blurbs from such best-selling authors as Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Harlan Coben. And there’s also one from Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient.

“Michael Ondaatje was in the office some months ago and saw it lying around, took a copy with him to a holiday in Hawaii or something, and then phoned me and said, ‘Who is this guy? What an absolutely wonderful read!’ ” Mehta says.

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Posted on November 10, 2008 by Editor

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O where O where have my synapses gone…

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Posted on November 10, 2008 by MJS

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“We’ve dealt with this man before….”

from the NY Daily News

Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski is No. 1 threat at Washington club

Sunday, November 9th 2008, 12:06 AM

lipski.pngA drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday.

Councilman Steven Lipski was caught relieving himself onto several revelers at the 9:30 Club during a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band Friday night, club sources said.

“He was very drunk,” the source said, noting that it wasn’t the first time Lipski had caused a ruckus at the popular concert venue.

“We’ve dealt with this man before,” the source added. “He’s never peed on anybody, but he gets really belligerent and drunk.”

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Posted on November 10, 2008 by Editor

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AllMyFaves.com

click to visit AllMyFaves.com – who needs Google

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Posted on November 9, 2008 by JK

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“Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly…”

Posted on November 8, 2008 by Editor

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John Leonard Gone

from the New York Times

A Genial Explorer of Literary Worlds

My literary education was feverish and haphazard. From later childhood through the end of adolescence, from Jimmy Carter to the first George Bush, I schooled myself by snatching novels from my parents’ shelves, haunting the stacks at the local public library, and clawing through boxes of dry-rotted leonard.pngPenguins and Bantams at yard sales. Those books formed a life raft, a tool kit, a compendium of clues about what the world might look like and how a person might live in it. Like many other restless, bookish young souls, I read ravenously and indiscriminately, until over time patterns started to emerge, half-occult links between one volume and the next.

The name John Leonard was one of these links. The works of fiction that seemed to contain the most galvanizing news of the world — the ones that disclosed entire undreamed-of universes within their pages — all seemed to bear this man’s endorsement on their front or back covers. Toni MorrisonGabriel García MárquezDon DeLilloGrace PaleyV. S. Naipaul: writers like these were drawing a new global map of literary possibility, and John Leonard, more than any other critic, was assisting in the cartography, pointing readers toward freshly liberated zones of imagination. He spoke in the voice not of disembodied authority, but of enthusiasm.

I tracked his byline to the pages of this newspaper, and then to the first few issues of the reborn Vanity Fair, which at the time (the early 1980s) was devoting more of its pages to the likes of Mr. García Márquez and Mr. Naipaul than to the collected young blondes of Hollywood. It might have been on the fourth or fifth rereading of one of Mr. Leonard’s essays in that magazine — I think it was his long, sharp and generous consideration of William F. Buckley, who two decades before had published some of Mr. Leonard’s earliest writing in National Review — that a long-held intimation blossomed into conscious thought. Wow, I said to myself, I wish I could write like that.

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Posted on November 8, 2008 by Editor

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‘ME’ by Ahree Lee

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New Wave Blasphemy

from AdWeek’s AdFreak.com

Viewers rise up against ‘Saved by Zero’ ads

The murderous hatred being directed toward Toyota’s “Saved by Zero” ads has been building for a few weeks now, and it’s become semi-official with this Associated Press story. A number of Web sites—EsquireBest Week EverConsumerist and Jalopnik among them—have been hosting rants about the ads, which feature the admittedly awful 1983 song “Saved by Zero” by British new-wave group The Fixx. By and large, viewers feel an urge to end their own lives and/or other people’s when the ads come on: “It makes me want to kill someone/never ever buy a Toyota.” “Marketing 101, don’t piss consumers off, don’t get on their bad sides, don’t cultivate contempt.” “I CAN’T EVEN EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE WITHOUT USING CAPS LOCK.” Clearly it’s the feel-bad campaign of the year, and from a company (and industry) that doesn’t need any extra help in hurtling down the crapper.

—Posted by Tim Nudd

[ click to read at AdFreak.com ]

Posted on November 7, 2008 by Editor

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“In an action film you act in the action. If it’s a dramatic film you act in the drama.”

from the New York Times

Hard Body Plays an Old Softie (Himself)

PeaceArch Entertainment

Jean-Claude Van Damme in “JCVD,” in which he plays a washed-up, aging movie star named Jean-Claude Van Damme.

by DENNIS LIM

ON the phone the other day Jean-Claude Van Damme, the martial artist and action hero known in his heyday as the Muscles from Brussels, was sounding anxious and apologetic. He had canceled a trip to New York — missing a host of engagements, including an in-person interview with this writer — to remain in Bangkok, where he recently finished shooting a movie. And he wanted to make clear that he had a very good reason.

“I adopted seven dogs here, and one of them had a heart attack,” Mr. Van Damme said. “I’m sleeping with him every night at the clinic. If I leave him, he’s going to go back into a coma. He’s a very sensitive dog.” The others — all strays, some disabled (he built “a little wheelchair” for one of them) — have been sent to his home in Belgium.

It might be odd to think of Mr. Van Damme, a veteran of steroidal exploitation cinema and a virtuoso of the bone-crunching split kick, as an old softie, but it is also perfectly consistent with the image overhaul implicit in his latest vehicle, “JCVD,” which opened on Friday. Directed by the French filmmaker Mabrouk El Mechri, it allows its namesake to reveal new facets to his screen persona basically by playing himself. A jokey hall-of-mirrors movie with a melancholic streak, it stars Mr. Van Damme — who turned 48 last month and whose last film to open theatrically in the United States was the 1998 flop “Knock Off,” — as Jean-Claude Van Damme, a washed-up middle-aged movie star.

Thanks in part to a widely circulating online trailer “JCVD” has garnered more attention for Mr. Van Damme than he has received in years. (The last time he made even a remote impact on pop-culture consciousness was when he appeared on “Friends” as himself in 1996 and boasted that he could crush a walnut with his buttocks.) “JCVD” was a word-of-mouth hit at Cannes, and it had its North American premiere at a raucous midnight screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

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Janitors of Anarchy & The Southwest’s Cleanest Pit

Posted on November 6, 2008 by Editor

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Rocky Horror Bargain Show

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Right In His Big Bear Balls


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Posted on November 6, 2008 by JK

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Use #4,692

from the NY Daily News

FBI: United Airlines passenger restrained with duct tape on flight from Puerto Rico to Chicago

Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 2:50 PM

RALEIGHNorth Carolina – An airline crew used duct tape to keep a passenger in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers, forcing the flight to land in North Carolina.

Maria Esther Castillo is due in court Thursday, charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew aboard United Airlines Flight 645, from Puerto Rico to Chicago.

 

Castillo, 45, struck a flight attendant on the buttocks with the back of her hand during Saturday’s flight, FBI Special Agent Peter Carricato said in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. She also stood and fell onto the head of a blind passenger and later started pulling the person’s hair, the complaint stated.

Ankle cuffs kept slipping off Castillo, so the flight crew and two passengers were forced to use duct tape to keep her in her seat, the complaint states.

She calmed as the pilot diverted the flight to Charlotte-Douglass International Airport, but became disruptive again when authorities boarded the plane to remove her, authorities said.

Carricato states that a passenger saw Castillo having drinks in an airport bar before boarding. She bought another drink on the plane. Flight attendants stopped serving her alcohol because of her behavior, the complaint states.

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Posted on November 6, 2008 by Editor

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Crichton Gone

from E! Online

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Posted on November 5, 2008 by Editor

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Reading, Writing, ‘rithmetic and More Carrot Sticks, Please

from The UK Guardian

Schoolchildren too big to squeeze into chairs

Classroom furniture designed for pupils of the 60s is too small

 

Schools need to upgrade their furniture because today’s children have outgrown the tables and chairs designed to meet the needs of 1960s pupils, experts say.

kingdon.jpgPupils are so much bigger in height as well as girth that many no longer fit into standard school furniture.

There is also a much larger variation in the size of pupils meaning furniture needs to be redesigned to meet a wide range of shapes and sizes.

The recommendation is made in a wide-ranging report from the British Educational Suppliers Association, backed by the former education secretary Charles Clarke, which sets out the changing needs of schools.

It warns that schools are creating a generation of children who could suffer from back problems as the result of squeezing into ill-fitting furniture for hours every day.

[ click to continue reading at The Guardian ]

Posted on November 4, 2008 by Editor

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