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  DM's celebrity circle
Posted by: Drunk Monk - Yesterday, 10:07 AM - Forum: Issues - Replies (5)

Ya know, I've been circling that celebrity circle for years now.  

I worked for the Dead and have been to Mickey Hart's home and pooped in his personal toilet.  I went to China with RZA, had private lunch with him, been backstage on his invite.  I've had private Dim Sum with Lou Reed, also been backstage on his invite and was treated to a box by him at the Mountain Winery.  My castmates are Danny Trejo and Marko Zaror.  I've had a private lunch with Daniel Wu, had dinner with Emily Beecham, Ally Ioaniddes, Aramis Knight, Babou Ceesay, Sherman Augustus, Louis Tan, Ella-Rae Smith and some others from the Badlands S3 cast.  I interviewed Laurie Anderson and then she interviewed me.  There's probably more but I can't think of it right now.

Now my latest BFF - Bo Svenson.  That's right, the original Buford Pusser.  He's been hitting me up, trying to get me to help him cast some movie project he's producing.  Where's my sarcasm emoji for this?  Oh this will do - Rolleyes    

As soon as I fully penetrate that celebrity circle and become one of the glitterati, I'm going to forget all about you little people.

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  RIP Kate Wilhelm
Posted by: cranefly - 03-19-2018, 09:34 AM - Forum: Testimonials - Replies (2)

Kate Wilhelm and her husband Damon Knight (who died in 2002) nurtured and shaped many of the science fiction writers working today.  Together they founded and were the core teachers of the intensive Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, which runs for 6 weeks each year (I attended in 1980, Lady Cranefly in 1983). 

Kate and Damon lived in Eugene, Oregon, for their last many decades and welcomed many a young writer into their home, where they held additional workshops.  They welcomed Lucius Shepard and me into their home in 1981 until we found an apartment to rent, and were supportive during our foundering attempts to write.

They were also supportive when I moved back up to Eugene in 1987, where I lived for a year, and where I met Lady Cranefly, who worked at the University of Oregon Bookstore and was a member of a local science fiction writing workshop I joined.

Kate wrote countless novels in various genres and won various science fiction awards.  She was especially supportive of women in the field and encouraged many a young writer in a bad marriage to take control of her life and declare her independence -- as she once did in divorcing her first husband to marry Damon Knight.

Kate Wilhelm: June 8, 1928 -- March 8, 2018

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Posted by: King Bob - 03-18-2018, 09:25 PM - Forum: Doom Books - No Replies

I first read this about thirty years ago, and again about fifteen years ago. I loved it the first time, and thought it was not nearly as good the second time. Recently I saw the three volume mass market set, with the cheesy/great 70s cover art, and picked them up because I had a lot of trade credit. I just finished the first book.

AND...I thought it was entertaining, but also pretty much just pulp trash. Plus the self-conscious Modernist (Joycean?) interweaving of narratives, sometimes mid-sentence, gets a bit wearying. And the female characters are all flat, with minimal dialogue, and are pretty much just there to have sex with the main male characters. (How did I not notice that before?) And it ended a bit abruptly, which must have been annoying when the next book had not yet been released. And looking at the two books that are left, I'm feeling like it might be a little fatter than it needs to be.

I will probably read the other two books, but not right now. Maybe when I don't know what I want to read next.

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  Ugly (2013) (Hindi) by Anurag Kashyap
Posted by: cranefly - 03-18-2018, 04:47 PM - Forum: Doom Streaming - No Replies

The disappearance of a 10-year-old girl and the ensuing search brings out suspicions and conflicts among family, relatives and those involved in the police investigation.
This a surprisingly engaging movie -- dark, gritty, and complex -- and it ever keeps you guessing where it's headed as the police investigation proceeds.

The movie might have a couple week areas, but mentioning them could reveal too much.  Besides, the movie is so strong in so many ways that it more than makes up for a flaw or two.  The soundtrack is brilliant.  The film was shot mostly in the suburbs of Mumbai and has a crowded, claustrophobic feel to it.  It is rich in present-day Indian culture, showing everyday activities of ordinary people, as well as the seamier side of society.

Highly recommended, but I don't know for whom.  Currently Netflix streamable.

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  Mountain Lark 3/17/2018 at cupcake place, Santa Cruz
Posted by: cranefly - 03-18-2018, 01:14 PM - Forum: Doom Music - Replies (2)

Her Ladyship and I attended a St. Patrick's Day performance of Irish songs by Mountain Lark in the cupcake place across the street from the Santa Cruz Bookstore.  The cupcake place doesn't seem to have a name.  Mountain Lark is a small musical group that includes one our writer friends.  The five members use predominantly a flute, harp, two acoustic guitars and a mandolin.  Sometimes it's one guitar and two mandolins.  Oh, and the two women in the group (one of which is our writer friend) take turns singing or perform duets.  This was a very small venue, as it's not a big place.

I'm still debating what the highlight was.  The cupcake I ate, the rousing rendition of Whiskey Before Breakfast, or our opportunity to participate in the music when a young girl handed out plastic eggs (containing sand or somesuch) so we could shake them along with the next number.

My limited musical knowledge prevents me from saying much more.

BTW, according to my parents, I'm Dutch-Irish.  But if I dug deep enough into my ancestry, I suspect I'd find out I'm actually full-blooded American Indian.

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  Feel it still
Posted by: Greg - 03-17-2018, 03:05 PM - Forum: Doom Music - No Replies

If you haven't heard this song from Portugal The Man a million times this might not mean anything to you.

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  Born in China
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 03-17-2018, 01:52 PM - Forum: Doom DVDs and Downloads - No Replies

You know what comes between pi day & st paddy’s? International panda day! I’m stuck in some sort of nature doc rabbit hole. This is Disney nature and despite having pandas and snow leopards, it sux. John Krazinski narrates and he has such a tepid voice. Plus the script is dumb and the footage is mediocre compared to so much else out there now. The best part is the credits where they have making of scenes. I would’ve rather just watched 90 min of that. That says a lot because who the fuck makes a crappy doc on pandas? Dumbass mouse, that’s who. They better not fuck up Star Wars. 

BBC spoiled me.

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  RIP Toys R Us & Claires
Posted by: Drunk Monk - 03-15-2018, 04:29 PM - Forum: Testimonials - Replies (5)

I met Darth Vader at Toys R Us.  It was the haunted one, the one in Svale.  It was a promo for the first action figures.  There was Darth, a Stormtrooper and R2.  We all lined up and they came out, quickly shook hands and then disappeared into the bowels of the store, probably to hang out with the ghost of the girl who drowned in the well there and haunted it still.  Maybe ED was with me?  That seems like something we might have done together back in those days.  I grew up in that Toys R Us.  I mentioned this to Tara and she has fond memories of my mom taking her there for her birthday and picking out a present.  "That was the best" she told me when we were chatting about this recently.

As for Claire's, that was what having a daughter was about.  Tara really wasn't that into Claire's but I went in with her on numerous occasions in search of cheap trinkets.  Tara wasn't upset about Claire's going bankrupt at all.  I imagine only me, lb and tg can relate to Claire's, having all been fathers to daughters.  Oh, and PPFY's too, because I'm sure that was the place to find the best knicker accessories.   110065

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  RIP Stephen Hawking
Posted by: cranefly - 03-13-2018, 10:42 PM - Forum: Testimonials - Replies (2)

Can't really think of what to say right now.

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  The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny
Posted by: King Bob - 03-12-2018, 01:52 PM - Forum: Doom Books - No Replies

Technically this was a re-read; I read it in high school, but had forgotten most everything. And I didn't read the whole book this time; the two longest stories didn't grab me - "He Who Shapes," which was reworked into the novel The Dream Master, and "Damnation Alley," which became a novel and movie, neither of which I know anything about. 

The rest of it is quite good. The title story is about Lancelot who survived until the present, when Merlin is freed from his imprisonment. Also good was "The Stainless Steel Leech," an SF/horror story, which I found funnier now than when I was in high school. Some of you may remember the SFBC edition of this book, with an illustration of this story on the jacket. 

I think the standout here is "For a Breath I Tarry" about an AI that wants to learn all about the extinct humans.

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