aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Links for 2008-05-21
Today Doug and I celebrate our nine year anniversary!
And last night we went to see a performance by the man responsible for our first date. That man, Emmett Foster, was supposed to have dinner with me on that fateful night ‘lo those many years ago. But he had theater tickets so he wanted to bow out and suggested instead that I have dinner with Doug. I did and the rest is history.
Emmett was terrific last night at the Laurie Beechman Theater of the West Bank Café. He was performing in a comedy cabaret along with a couple of friends, Pat Candaras and Nancy Giles, who I hadn’t seen in a long time so I was thrilled to catch, and some unexpected acts—Matthew Cooper of Valerie Plame fame (who did a fun Al Gore) and Walter Shapiro of Salon.com—and a number of other performers. We had a fantastic time!
Meanwhile, at home a not tornado hit with baseball sized hail knocking down trees in our front yard, breaking my nephew’s windshield and generally causing mayhem. On to links…
ON TMV TODAY so far…
- My first post edited for content. I had originally titled it:
- Kasparov Interrupted by flying dick, they chopped it down to Kasparov interrupted
Protesters had a “radio-controlled penis” interrupt an address by former chess champion Garry Kasparov. I posted it, with the video (deleted and replaced by a link) as a kind of light-hearted joke post. I alerted the TMV editors because I wondered if it might cross their boundaries, but I didn’t really think it would. Now I know....
- Racism and sexism: it’s time to change the paradigm - this is Richard Thompson Ford speaking at Google on his book, The Race Card.
- There was lots of talk about racism and sexism last night. Here’s a really good compendium of links to pieces dealing with the sexism/gender issue in the Democratic presidential primary campaign, Trumping reality with the sexism card.
- Hamilton Jordan, “a fun-loving political operative who helped propel a virtually unknown politician from the Georgia statehouse to the White House,” died last night in Atlanta. He was 63.
- In this piece—Earth to Democrats: Black votes count!—I almost dared to dream that Georgia and the South could go Blue this election season ("I’m left wondering if, hoping even, that with Blacks having moved back to the South, this religious, rural, evangelized, conservative Southern region that flipped from Democrat to Republican might surprise everybody and just as quickly flip right back").
- At lunch yesterday with my old Mediapolis colleagues they pointed me to this Marc Ambinder post:
Did you know that a half a million African Americans Georgia are eligible to vote but haven’t registered? The Obama campaign knows this. And they plan to register these voters by November
Dare to dream!
Stretch (a fantasia)
The poster in the theater lobby
the theater lobby
17 Clinton St, NYC