Danny mentioned yesterday’s self-portrait was Warholized. No, this is:
brian stouder said on June 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Very nice! I’ll start the bidding at two seventy five
(it will be funny when flickr kicks up the proprietress’s knee, and then her Warhol, and then the thermal….sorta Appocalypse Now (or 2001: A Space Odyessy)-trippy
Danny said on June 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm
Brian, Sothebys has set the start-bidding price a lot higher than you think. That is, unless “two seventy five” has more zeroes behind it than I assumed. I know you rich guys use short-hand when you talk money. Heheh.
Danny said on June 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm
Nance, what’s next? Perhaps a cameo in “Dogs Playing Poker” or a black-velvet Nance?
brian stouder said on June 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm
or a black-velvet Nance?
Now THAT would be good! She’d have to have a pencil on her ear….and maybe she should be pictured riding a bike (the spokes could be glittery, to simulate motion) toward the water, where sailboats are bobbing.
Or alternatively, working in front of a glowing screen, with a rifle propped against the wall in the background
Jolene said on June 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm
There’s a story about the stream of superdelegates breaking for Obama on the WaPo web site that focuses on Debbie Dingell and other Michiganders. Might be of interest to those of you in The Wolverine State. There’s also a graph on the homepage that says he only needs 25 more, and that’s before adding any delegates from Montana or South Dakota.
Just thought you’d all like to know.
brian stouder said on June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm
Jolene – don’t tease us like that! (I wanted to read the article you describe, but your link is on the blink)
Jolene said on June 3, 2008 at 3:33 pm
Sorry! Here it is.
Jolene said on June 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Here’s another piece for Obama fans. This is a diary from Daily Kos. For the uninitiated, DailyKos is a liberal political blog on which readers can post diaries about pretty much whatever they want. This leads to a lot of lame writing showcasing a lot of lame thinking and, to top it off, a lot of potty-mouth language, but this piece is none of those.
See For My Ancestors: Oh, Happy Day!!
Very touching. Brought tears to my eyes, actually.
brian stouder said on June 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Thanks! The Michigan piece was an interesting article – and right after I read it, I saw this BREAKING (non-)NEWS BULLETIN headline in the big red block atop msnbc:
BREAKING NEWS: Clinton tells N.Y. lawmakers she’s open to being Obama’s VP candidate
coozledad said on June 3, 2008 at 3:58 pm
Brian: Jesus Wept.
jcburns said on June 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Nice art, Nance.
But more importantly, commenting from on board a Delta MD88 at DTW. Using my phone, natch. Hi!
Sue said on June 3, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Dahling, who does your makeup?
Dexter said on June 3, 2008 at 5:44 pm
time for a remake of “Chelsea Girls”…maybe your film class could give it a go. Hotel Chelsea is in turmoil since Stanley Bard was forced out. I used to stay there (23rd Street, NYC) on my thrice-per-decade trips to NYC. Here’s the blog on the hotel. The Book Cadillac would have been a great hotel for the remake, but I read years ago the renovation plans never flew. Is the tomato soup done? And did anyone read the story of how the hospital messed up in the care of Mr. Warhol? His close friends were broken and mad .
moe99 said on June 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Speaking of art, Alton Kelly died.
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 7:58 am
Brian, you thought the “we all remember the assassination of RFK” remark was beyond the pale. What are you thinking this morning?
brian stouder said on June 4, 2008 at 8:40 am
I watched all three speeches last night, and after Obama’s, I shut off the TV and went happily on.
I confess that I had briefly hoped (late last week) that HRC would gracefully exit (her campaign chief and longtime associate McAuliff seemed to be making sensible noises), but when their campaign ‘made reservations’ at the Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting, I was snapped back to reality.
Borrowing her raw rhetorical motiff (assassination), it appears to me that she is unwilling to do the “mutual interests”/”good of the party” thing, and instead prefers the “mutually assured destruction” approach to Denver and the Democratic party. (She appears to prefer going to Denver with a loaded six-shooter, and not just a Kodak Easy Share)
I thought Obama parried it nicely, by saying that when meaningful healthcare reform (among other priorities) comes to pass, she will have been a key part of it. (I took that as a forthright recognition that she has played an important role to play in the future…and one might infer “as a leader and an ally in the Senate”, or “as my Secretary of Health and Human Services”)
I think the Obama campaign dealt with HRC just exactly right; she will do what she will do, but public attention and engagement will be focused on the future (and contrasted with McCain), period.
If I was going to do a free-association rant, as patented by caliban/michaelj (which DOES look like it might be fun!), I’d start with how my eyes watered and I came out of my chair when Senator Obama gave his speech last night, and I’d digress to how my eyes narrowed and I went to the kitchen to get another icy cold Diet Coke earlier that evening, when HRC said “I’m not making any decisions tonight” (what “decision” does she have to make? Whether or not to be graceful? Nope, that one has been made! Whether or not to dump Bill? Too late! Whether or not wonder aloud again “who will rid me of this meddlesome man?” Nope – didn’t work so well last time)…..and I’d digress further to McCain’s lame speech, with his weak mantra of “that’s not change we can believe in!!”, and a rumination upon just how many people will McCain’s malarky appeal to……and I’d conclude with a plaintive plea to people like caliban (or my mom!) who are good Democrats who say they will not ever support Obama, imploring them to THINK AGAIN!! (give it some time if you like – a month or two or three).
If a person says “George Bush and the GOP have comprehensively screwed things up, and we must change things”, I say, look at Obama’s speech last night in Minnesota.
THIS – the Obama camapign – is what transformation looks like. If you want the GOP comprehensively turned out of power, and the national agenda reset, and sane priorities moved to the top of the agenda, and nutball notions deleted from the “ToDo” list, and relegated to (a regrettable) chapter of HISTORY (instead of Current Events!), THEN THIS – the Obama Campaign – IS IT!! Senator Clinton would have ably represented it, too, but she lost; Soreboard, baby!! (as Jim Rome would say); goodnight, lights out, party’s over, let’s cleanup; The train is leaving the station; Jump Aboard!!!
That’s what I’d say…
(Or something like that)
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 8:51 am
Great post! In fact, you cheered me up. I’ve been mad ever since HRC spoke. I just couldn’t believe it. But I’ll try to adopt your “look past it” attitude. I did think Obama was off his game a bit last night, and I blame her utterly graceless speech for that. I just hope he finds his footing and figures out how to put her away without losing her supporters.
brian stouder said on June 4, 2008 at 9:08 am
But I did think Obama was off his game a bit last night
I noticed that, too; it struck me that he was not just speechifying (which he does marvelously), but was indeed affected by the historic moment – and indeed by his opponent’s non-concession.
I heard Rush Limbaugh actually using the word “stupid” to describe Obama; he could read a teleprompter, and deliver a speech, but he doesn’t know anything (etc etc).
But honestly, while I enjoy Obama’s set-piece speeches immensley, it greatly appeals to me when we see the slower, directly engaged mode he displays in debates, and during press-plane talks and so on. (I suppose it would worry me a little, if he was always turned up to “11”)
coozledad said on June 4, 2008 at 9:14 am
Imagine the bunker mentality taking hold at the White House. McCain is the last thing standing between them and forced relocation to Paraguay. It’s like Hitler sending out eighty year olds to try and stop the Allied advance.
I was looking at Obama’s crowd, and McCain’s meeting of the Bebe Rebozo chapter of the New Orleans Garden Club, and realized we are going to get them this time. We’re going to turn them out.
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 9:37 am
But honestly, while I enjoy Obama’s set-piece speeches immensley, it greatly appeals to me when we see the slower, directly engaged mode he displays in debates, and during press-plane talks and so on. (I suppose it would worry me a little, if he was always turned up to “11″)
Yes, I think he can be great in more low-key situations, but he also has an unfortunate tendency, which I share, to say “um” incessantly. This dysfluency may be the result of a writerly approach to language. That is, the effort to find the right word that results in the elegant written sentence results in sometimes unbecoming hesitation in speech.
I honestly don’t understand why McCain spoke at all last night. Why didn’t he just let the Democrats have their night? There was nothing about the evening that called for a speech from him and nothing about his speech that needed to be said last night. Juxtaposing his speech and Obama’s just called attention to the awfulness of his, not that that’s going to be easy to hide.
brian stouder said on June 4, 2008 at 10:03 am
the effort to find the right word that results in the elegant written sentence results in sometimes unbecoming hesitation in speech
True enough! Or in George Bush’s case, he simply crashes forward and makes a new word (like strategory or misunderestimate….a funny article is at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/revealed-script-for-bushs-mangled-words-403580.html
‘Obama unplugged’ is good stuff, although I can see the wisdom of prepared remarks. Certainly, Lincoln never strayed far from prepared remarks (and carefully prepared they were!); the famous series of debates with Judge Douglass were really reprises of the same stump speeches from both candidates, again and again – with late additions for responses to questions posed)
Lincoln’s big piece of advice, when he sent a “public letter” to James Conkling to be read at a rally in Springfield, was to deliver it slowly!!
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 10:15 am
Interesting! Everyone always talks about the Lincoln-Douglas (one “s”, no?) debates as if they were the apotheosis of extemporaneous speaking. Nice to get the facts from an expert!
Does it heighten your attraction to Obama to know that Lincoln is his hero? I don’t know if he’s read as many books about him as you have though.
brian stouder said on June 4, 2008 at 10:33 am
Arrrgghh!! I’m a terrible speller!
Does it heighten your attraction to Obama to know that Lincoln is his hero?
And indeed – being a lanky phenom from Illinois, who beat the prohibitive favorite from the great state of New York (as was Seward) – (and indeed, HRC probably would also try and be the Prime Minister in the Obama administration) is also fascinating!
And it will be a sublime moment and the coming to pass of a genuine milestone in the history of the United States of America, if Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States January 20, 2009; and then three weeks later on February 12, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
I cannot think of any other moment of idealistic triumph (a real historic culmination) – in my lifetime – that would compare….other than maybe the moon landings
edit – really, I only have maybe 4 dozen Lincoln books….and I just read Kaufmann’s (unrelentingly dark!) Booth book… (American Brutus) – which I will NOT place anywhere near the Lincoln books!!!
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 10:50 am
We have another exciting historical coincidence ahead of us. Obama will be giving his acceptance speech in Denver on the 45th aniversary of MLK, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Pretty cool, huh?
brian stouder said on June 4, 2008 at 10:50 am
Jolene said on June 4, 2008 at 11:32 am
Hillary just finished a speech in front of AIPAC in which she, again, did not acknowledge that Obama had won the nomination. That woman is trying my patience.
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