Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy trails

Yours truly is featured in today's 77 Square article about the finales of the Kissers and the Junkers.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Good word

"She took my heart, she took my keys."

-- Led Zeppelin, "Hot Dog"
Funny man

Read my Daily Page review of the Chris Farley exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
Gotta dance

Why is it that when I desperately want to see a dancing mortgage ad, as I do right now, I can't find one? Googling turns up plenty of pages by people who hate the ads and want to thwart them, but no actual ads.

If you see one, let me know. Because I love the dancing mortgage ads.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tuning in

My latest fascination is "In Our Time," the BBC radio program that stars Melvyn Bragg and examines historical matters with far more depth than just about anything on American radio. In recent days I've learned about Norse mythology, the Spanish Inquisition, Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries -- all without having to crack any pesky books!

The closest American analog I can think of is not a public radio show, as you might think, but rather "Extension 720" from Chicago's WGN-AM. I loved that show during my years in Chicago, and I still tune in from Dairyland. Like "In Our Time," "Extension 720" delves into history, and also current events, science, literature. And unlike the BBC podcasts, the live WGN broadcasts come complete with ads for Empire Carpet.
Land of enchantment

It amuses me to read constantly of "liberal" Hyde Park, the neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago that is Barack Obama's home base. As a longtime Hyde Parker myself I can tell you that the neighborhood certainly houses its share of fugitive radicals and peacenik nuns. But Hyde Park also gave the world the likes of Milton Friedman and Paul Wolfowitz.

So perhaps on balance Hyde Park is Everytown, U.S.A. Plus Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, my favorite Hyde Park landmark.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Good word

"What Posey brings to this sequence is something I've often felt while watching her movies, even the incomprehensible ones like 'Fay Grim.' She stands poised between serene beauty and throwing a shampoo bottle at the mirror. She always looks great, and she always seems dubious and insecure. She can make half her mouth curl into a reluctant smile. But when she fully smiles, she's radiant."

-- Roger Ebert on Parker Posey