Wednesday, August 07, 2013

What Are Actors For? Tränenregen” (“Rain of Tears”)

“There are moments when everything goes well; don’t be frightened, it won’t last.”
― Jules Renard quoting (Master craftsman Henry O. Studley

Life is stranger than fiction, but sometimes all you want is the not-made-up-stuff ~ In his 1992 interview with The New York Times, Cormac McCarthy said, “The ugly fact is books are made out of books. The novel depends for its life on the novels that have been written.” After scraping a living as a scullion, Irving Wardle became a drama critic for the Times. It set him on a lifelong quest to answer one question:
Gabbie in US is also asking WHAT IS THEATRE

The top ten relaxing songs are known to be 
1. Marconi Union - Weightless 
2. Airstream - Electra 
3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)  4. Enya - Watermark
5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go 
7. All Saints - Pure Shores 
8. Adelev Someone Like You 
9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria 
10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly What is Music For? ~ The most beautiful melody  in the world is the one that at the moment you can't get out of your head. Not in the sense of worming annoyingly into your mind, but rather of somehow capturing something important and moving to you in particular, which may or may not be something that moves the masses. For me, off and on for some time, it's been a relatively obscure Yiddish song from 1911: Mayn rue Plats, which I find passionately, sadly, hauntingly beautiful. Also subtly ironic, because I don't ultimately believe in art that flaunts its politics, even when I agree with the politics. This is a high-leftist song by Morris Rosenfeld, who was known as "the sweatshop". I always appreciate it when art violates my principles and still works. This one does. From the first time I heard it, I was transfixed. Like a haunting face, like love, that's what a great melody can do for you. The Most Beautiful Melody in the World belongs to a song written over a century ago and the song takes place in the graveyard not at the Kommunist Iron Curtain (my daughters of the Velvet Revolution are yet to pen that one), but in another brutal sweatshop under kapitalism. It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside. The private industry of the American factory would never be the same. You know it when you hear it ;-)

Martin has the inside scoop, in part because in 2007, the GQ correspondent was hired by HBO to write an official behind-the-scenes companion to The Sopranos. He was given incredible access to the show's production of its final season. If you're watching (or re-watching) The Wire, Deadwood, Breaking Bad or Mad Men this summer, Brett Martin's book is for you Life is stranger than fiction, but sometimes all you want is the not-made-up-stuff

The Greeks believed that libraries were places of great healing, and that poetry and literature revealed deep spiritual truths. I still believe that today, that seeing alternatives played out in a novel can give you an idea of what to do in your own life, and that sometimes a made up story has more insight into heartbreak, despair, loss, frustration, and failure (and joy, and hope, and love) than any life coach-supplied affirmation or self-help to do list. The Bibliomancer

You’ve no doubt all heard the story of Al Capone, the notorious American mob personality that was finally caught because of tax evasion. He coined the audacious statement, "the government can’t collect taxes on illegal money." And whether you’re involved in organized crime or not, there’s nothing surprising about cheating on your taxes. If you’ve ever worked a job that’s mostly tip-based, for example, you’ve probably done it. But you’d better believe that some of the richest and most ethically turned people have been caught red-handed cheating on their taxes. And here they are. Check out these 10 most surprising tax cheats, and be sure to correctly file before April 17th! 10 Most Surprising People Caught Cheating On Their Taxes