Looking south on N Michigan Ave, 1933, Chicago.
Five Easy Pieces?
One evening at our house with friends, someone suggested an impromptu poetry reading. The idea was to pass around a copy of Whitman and Yeats, each to open a page at random and read. At Marilyn’s turn, she opened the Yeats, and the poem could only have been presented to her, again, by fate. It was “Never Give All the Heart.” (“For everything that’s lovely is/But a brief, dreamy, kind delight./O never give the heart outright…”) She read the title, paused, and began the poem. She read it slowly, discovering it, letting the lines strike her, surprised, hanging on, winning by absolute simplicity and truth. When she finished, there was a hush. She stared into space.
- Norman Rosten, poet & friend
Jennifer Lawrence’s fall to grace -
I’m a fan. What can I say?
David Lynch Is Back … as a Guru of Transcendental Meditation -
The director has released a musical album, exhibited his artwork, designed a nightclub and worked tirelessly for T.M. What he has not been doing is making movies.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Newark, New Jersey, 1964. © Daniel Kramer
Yes, Dean is beautiful isn’t he?
(Source: lars134, via gregorypecks)
Joel & Ethan Coen
Simone Simon 1937, Esquire Magazine - photo by Hurrell
But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. (Applause.) I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy. —
Barack Obama during his State of the Union speech
And people still claim he doesn’t want to be king.
Let’s ban cow farts.
Allison Unsupervised: fivER -
- The best customer service I’ve had in recent memory was delivered by the parking lot guy on New Year’s Eve. We pulled in through the main lot on the off chance, knowing we’d probably end up in the adjacent public transit lot, and the guy was cordial, dare I say professional, delivered the…
I have found that hospitals, particularly but not exclusively ERs, vary greatly in terms of service culture. It’s why we need to fight any legislated constraints on patient/customer choice. Quality is nothing more or less than performance to standard. Too few hospitals have set high standards for customer service, and even fewer have trained and rewarded supervisors and staff for meeting those standards. So you get self-important assholes, insensitive and mean, throwing their weight around in a situation where the customer/patient usually has to take whatever crap they dish out. It’s a lousy situation. But some places do a really great job consistently. The Mayo Clinic here in Phoenix is just outstanding. Unfortunately, I’ve sampled their service (my wife), ER and in-patient, several times in the past year, and it opened my eyes to what’s possible in health care. Genuine excellence. I hope there’s a decent hospital somewhere in your area. It’s worth driving further to find one. May the new year bless you with no such need.