Fire: A Musical Descent Into the Lower Realms. Some What For Mentally Mature Audiences Only, A.K.A Those Not Easily Offended.

Whatever goes up must go down and whatever goes down must go up. Right? Huh? Yeah, for the sake of stairs and ladders which usually go in both directions, unless they’re the escalator steps in the Hungarian film Kontroll –no one knows where those escalators really go.

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Anyway, fire burns up and down. If you’re a good fire-keeper then some down time embers go up again with some well blown O2. Are things getting out of hand here? Noooooo way. Or maybe by the end of the post things might be a tad untidy? 

Blame this all on the chocolate-coconut-pecan taco. If you don’t know what that is hit the search box for another kind of breakfast special.

Oh I should never have posted that cartoon… Okay, on with the shows.

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Science Fiction ~ Fantasy Film conceptualization of Fire Breathing, another form of Fire Inside.

Reign of Fire music BURN! by Mad at Gravity

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Concrete and sound wave conceptualization of Fire: 

Theme from Twin Peaks ~ Fire Walk with Me  ~music by Angelo Badalamenti

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Twin Peaks–a story about an investigation into murder, sex and mayhem. Oh, and let’s not forget the cherry pie.

Intermission / an unresistable aside

Speaking of  Cherry Pie ~ Warrant 

adamlep ‘s tribute to Agent Cooper and Audrey.

Ahhhhh heavy sigh.

Hey, pies are baked in ovens which have heat, which technically speaking equals FIRE.

Besides, Cooper and Audrey have plenty of FIRE all by themselves.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame  Hellfire  theme.  Oh time for some sin that leads to Fire.

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Whose ready for some comic relief? I am! I am! Go Boss, Go! Oh aren’t they just adorable?

Bruce Springsteen ~ Fire

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Toronto July 26th 1984

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Hmm, why? Reason one: Black and white film. Reason two: Leather pants. Reason three: Let’s vote, is Jim high as a kite or not? Reason four: For the sheer hell of it. Reason five: I’ve got a thing for the keyboard man. Yeah, right. Reason six: People in the audience get to scream~squeal into the mic. Reason seven: Girl follows Jim under the stage. Yes, under the stage.

The Doors  ~ Light My Fire,  live 1968

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Electric Six is here because, well damn it, I’ve had to listen to this song by Electric Six a lot by default. By default, I mean that it’s a favorite of someone in my abode and hence is played OFTEN.  What’s the point of demanding and support freedom of thought and expression if you don’t follow through in your own home domain? Not much in my opinion. After years of exposure to the song and the video it was no surprise to moi that Danger! High Voltage came immediately to my brain-pan when I read that Bear’s theme choice was Fire. Honestly, “Fire in the disco!” was instantly on the scene.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it has been listened to and viewed with many cups of tea at hand for perhaps its number one fan with a mouse at their disposal.  I have no idea what Grandmother Fire would make of this video beyond the fact that, yeah it is base human nature to “keep starting fires.”

Note: “Play” at your risk, potentially offensive language and image contents for some sensibilities. Or maybe not?

Electric Six  ~Danger! High Voltage  

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Next, so much for The Good Old Days– Not so much, methinks.

Note: Very Strong offensive language content.   What do you expect from a song about going to hell? Polite conversation? Not here. Not now. Not today, anyway.

Nick Cave ~ Fire Down Below, from Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.

Liner notes by Anti-: http://www.anti.com/catalog/view/67/P…
A popular pumping chantey, this was actually the last chantey sung aboard a commercial British square-rigger, by Stan Hugill in 1929, as the barque Garthpool was pumped out for the last time. There are a number of versions, and in some the “fire down below” is more explicitly a reference to venereal disease.

ANTI, real artists creating records on their own terms –>>  http://www.anti.com/

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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Links to other players with Musica Themes:

Bearspawprint http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/music-themes-grandmother-fire-burn/

Bearspawprint http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/musical-themes-grandmother-fire-smolder/

Bearspawprint http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/music-themes-grandmother-fire-smoke/

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D.S. Nelson

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Johnny  http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/grandmother-fire-musing-theme-november-22/

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Hmm, no smoke and ashes here. Does that mean something is still burning? I guess so.

Space ~ what’s between your ears?

Hey folks, this post is the result of a brainstorm shared with bearspawprint. We’re both posting music connected to Space–as in “the final frontier”–actually I think the final frontier entails an exploration of interior space, but that’s not on the docket today. Except a little, yeah, it’s here too. Bearspawprint will also post her choices for Space today  –>> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/   & here –>>  http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/music-themes-space/   .

You are cordially invited to explore all this SPACE to your ears’ content–or dispute. Please share your own favorite music connected to Space at will..

Namaste

Who? Why? Because it’s all the outer and inner journey through space and time! The ending is very important so don’t skip the best part. What will who come up with next?

Doctor Who ~ Music of the Spheres

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To go where no human has gone before–into dark, cold space and yet where do we always end up again and again? Dealing with the incomprehensible hearts of matters.

Star Trek Into Darkness music by Michael Giacchino

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Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Michael Giacchino

Tracklist:

00:00:00 Pranking the Natives
00:03:48 Spock Drops, Kirk Jumps
00:04:51 Sub Prime Directive
00:07:19 London Calling
00:09:32 Meld-Merized
00:12:16 The Kronos Wartet
00:17:45 Brigadoom
00:21:30 Ship to Ship
00:24:24 Earthbound and Down
00:27:05 Warp Core Values
00:30:05 Buying the Space Farm
00:33:25 The San Fran Hustle
00:38:29 Kirk Enterprises
00:41:33 Star Trek Main Theme
00:45:01 The Growl (Bonus Track)

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In a clear night sky the Milky Way teases and tempts all travellers.

Time lapse captures the galactic core of the Milky Way

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Time lapse space/nature compilation – Music is Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi, this was made by Terje Sorgjerd.

Watch the HD version with a description from the photographer here; http://vimeo.com/22439234

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All beautiful space joy photography brings!

Hubble Space images with piano music by Richard Clayderman

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A COMME AMOUR (1978)
BALLADE POUR ADELINE
LADY DI (1984)
LETTRE A MA MERE (1984)
RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1978)
ELISE (POUR ELISE)

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Okay, it’s comic–and yet–it’s so appropriate–dolphins + space = The HItchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What else?

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

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Yeah, I think the why of this choice is self-evident

A Space Journey

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A small tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope (http://www.spacetelescope.org). Music by David Schombert: – Earth: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2239/… – Nebulae: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2242/…
Main characters:
The Solar System Earth NGC3603 Orion Nebula Veil Nebula Large Magellanic Cloud Antennae Galaxies NGC1275 “Mystic Mountain” in the Carina Nebula Crab Nebula

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Star Trek travels in one direction while Babylon 5, well, it was/is Babylon 5.  Over the years any science fiction fan has seen and heard any number of battles in space. What would any of these be like without powerful music? So take this for what its worth–dramatic images of a battle in space with solid strong music that brings the action to life–of all things. Imagine that.

Babylon 5 Epic Battle Montage

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0:003:00  – “Black Blade” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”.
3:004:04 – “Dawn of Destiny” by Troels Foelmann, from the Fired Earth Music album “Vulcano”.
4:045:07 – “Akkadian Empire” by Audiomachine, from the album “Chronicles”
5:076:16 – “Master of Shadows” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”
6:166:52 – “Rising Force Remix” by Sonic Symphony, from the album “Epica”
6:5210:00 – “Starvation” by Thomas J Bergersen, from the album “Illusions”

Sensual Sci-Fi Saturday Sounds — Oh yeah, we got some serious sweet stuffing for the earpieces.

I could easily keep going with this musical scoring, but hey, the post uploading just might overdo things at my end of cyber-land.  Sooooooo, from the incredible Cloud Atlas, the very fun Fifth Element, the painfully timely Avatar, the life water of the Fountain and all the way Until the End of the World here’s some real deals via the world of illusion aka film. Oh yes, and the questions of what is it to be alive and human and love life a la Blade Runner.

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Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra

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Cloud Atlas Somni 451

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Fifth Element Diva

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Until the End of the World — It’s ALL Great.

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Blade Runner love song

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The Fountain  –Stay With Me

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What’s really up with Zits? Time travel Sherman Alexie style in Flight.

Hehehehehehe. Okay, if you have no appreciation of dark humor stop reading right now and stay far away from Flight–far far away. Got it? I’m warning you. This is no sweet flight of fancy tome.  Our hero is an angry fifteen year old male of Irish and Indian origin with some serious grief and father issues–among other things. Now sit back and sip your hot tea, latte or bloody mary and think about a young man who refers to himself as Zits. If you can’t relate then it’s probably in your best interests–and mine (yes, I do fear homicidal repercussions from unhappy readers)–to go nowhere near this particular Sherman Alexie book.  That said, last night I stayed up very late reading Flight via flashlight outside on the front porch–much to the dismay of anyone who had their doors or windows open to receive my hooting laughter when I turned to page 146.  Some folks do not find boiled birdies funny–and I do understand that such minds exist. On the other hand, there are minds, such as mine and apparently Alexie’s, which find self boiled birdies absolutely hilarious–especially in the context of a potentially violent encounter between a homeless Indian man and the usual well-heeled white dude. If by some means, like using your local public library, you garner a copy of Flight you too will be in serious need of comic relief by the time you turn to page 146. Though, hopefully, you’ll have found other darkly comic things to chuckle loudly about before page 146. But you’ll also have encountered several incidents of mayhem, murder and molestation along the way.  The lives of foster children are not all filled with sugar mommies and daddies. Nor do many events in American history since 1492 recount pleasant Thanksgiving din dins between Europeans and Indigenous folks.

Ever wonder how to diffuse the building anger of teenager? Well, Sherman Alexie offers one way–history lessons of the “not me” and the “me?!” variety. Yep, direct confrontations of some dark sad truths of reality provide the fodder for the adolescent mind to chew heartily on and time travel, complete with out-of-body experiences, is the medium.  From the Battle of the Little Bighorn to the grief ridden friendly skies of a private flight instructor Alexie takes us on a journey through history. Along the way he’ll shred your heart, sew it back together without anesthesia, and then shove it back into your chest.  You’re going to need every last piece of humor to endure the operation.  If you’re not laughing when Harry Potter takes a swan dive–then you might be dead and gone. Or you’ve abandoned Alexie’s exploration of time travelling adventures as an instruction manuel. Each episode serves as a short story with ethical issues galore. FBI agent Hank Storm may not get your heartstrings trembling–but Gus, Bow Boy and Small Saint could very well lay you flat on the floor demolishing an extra-large box of kleenex–or soaking an extra-large cotton hanky.

Zits experiences violence in many forms via his out-of-body time travelling–and this makes him seriously consider his pains of loss, abandonment and identity. Children NEED fathers–preferably decent men who care about their welfare. That lacking, one must find family where one can. Sometimes the concept of ‘family’ has not a damned thing to do with genetics and biology. It’s got to do with who gives a damn.

I’ve been a fan of Alexie’s work ever since reading his collection of poems and short stories The Business of Fancydancing. Yes, there’s a film by that title too– and it’s a great film. But–it was the text that had me wanting to scream and laugh from one page to the next. Ever felt bushwhacked by a writer? Well that’s how I felt while reading The Business of Fancydancing. It was great. Disturbing at times, but great nonetheless. I will never forget the story of the man, Eve and the post office. Hell, I’ve never entered a post office since and not thought of the story. The same holds true for Flight. It will not numb or bore you to tears. Not sure you can relate yet? Okay, who has had bad acne? Raise your hands now.

The Official Website of Sherman Alexie–be forewarned–it’s a tad off kilter:  http://www.fallsapart.com/

Higher Education Quebec Style = 400,000 Defy Bill 78 to Denounce Tuition Hike. Oh and about Education…

       Now one hundred days of protest is some serious field trip out of classroom mental work– and this exercise in the freedom to speak one’s mind with one’s feet apparently will not end with the conclusion of the course term. in Quebec.  Apparently Canadian students enjoy their affordable education so much they’re willing to fight for it with zeal and determination.  Bill 78 is an effort to shut down the student strike protests against the 75 % hikes in tuition. Bill 78 in effect demands that people submit to the dictates of the state and refrain from protesting en mass or face serious fines (1,000 to 25,000 dollars) and arrest. Wearing a mask could get you 10 years in prison.  OOOOO what do the elected official fear from the mask wearers?  Damn that film V for Vendetta for its mask wearing protestors for popularizing those masks which scares the hell out of totalitarians. Every effort to ban and il-legalize the masks serves as a red flag marker as to who is who on the battlefield for mind control. Some Canadians I’ve chatted with recently declare Bill 78 is the death knoll for Premier Jean Charest and his ‘liberal’ party.  Take note–these days the world ‘liberal’ has vastly different meanings depending on where, who, when–it’s all about context.

If you’re wondering what’s with the red square — little red felt squares are worn by the students and their supporters in Quebec.  Yes, I am in solidarity with anyone who believes quality education should be available to everyone. I would like ALL education to be ‘free of charge’ because the mind is the most vital frontier and no one should be denied the opportunity to learn–ever.  Can you imagine a world in which our monetary and other ‘resources’ are focused on education that enables humans to actualize their imaginative creative intellectual potential –instead of focused on making war, engaging in genocide and destruction of anyone some folks consider a threat to their bastions of power and control? I suspect if we’d been enabling the flourishing of the mind we might not have sown the seeds of our destruction via the pollution of our own habitat.  Or at least I hope we would not have done so.  One never knows what course intellectual freedom might embark upon. Hell, some of the great scientific minds created the atom bomb–and enabled it to be ‘used.’  So, yes, I admit there are such dilemmas.  Yet, if there’d not been a military industrial complex running rampant then the course of human history would be —-???? We don’t quite know do we? Plenty of Science Fiction authors have explored alternative realities. I suspect this is one reason the genre threatens mainstream fiction writers — because it explores more than the status quo of possibilities and pushes the imagination into uncharted waters.

A few fundamental basics regarding quality education to consider. Oh yes, all of this comes from experiencing what ‘works’ in a teaching environment. This is NOT speculation:

Optimum student class size–14 students.  This is not a secret number. It’s been shown that a student teacher ratio of 14 to 1 produces major benefits.

No standardized tests. They’re just money makers for the corporate testing business and serve no other purpose than to generate profits. They’re useless for gauging real mastery of material. Ability to properly employ and discuss material in useful and creative ways reveals having learned a subject.

No corporate produced textbooks. The textbook industry is another huge money-maker that enables mass indoctrination and manipulation of information. Guess why Americans don’t know much about HISTORY beyond what someone decided they ought to know to stay malleable.

No useless grades. Grades do little more than serve as carrots on sticks. Children have been paid to get good grades in research studies.  The little student research rats behave just as one might expect–they produce only as long as they’re PAID. No more funding and they cease putting forth effort for grades.  That reveals nothing good about carrots or the educational system that fails to incline children to be invested in their own learning.

As for uniforms–who gives a damn what you’re wearing if you’re not engaged in the act of discovery. Uniforms might ease some social issues in some contexts but they cannot improve a child’s learning experience. Some parents like uniforms because of how easy they make “clothing issues”. Well, if clothing issues are the main concern something is seriously skewed at the core.  Uniforms are just another money-maker for those businesses that produce them.

Discovered a common thread here regarding the involvement of ‘Business’ in education? Business has NO place in education.  It does not foster engagement in the act of discovery. Businesses exist for profit margins and selling products–NOT for fostering the critical thinking skills of human beings.

As for “teachers” in education. It’s a tough job these days to be a teacher anywhere. The pedagogy for classrooms has clearly failed under the current system of operations in the public sector.  Education is not a ‘service’ industry where just punching a time clock is enough.  People’s minds are not like car parts on conveyor belts waiting for assembly. Lecturing to the ‘drones’ does nothing but leave all children behind–far far behind. To teach is to lay aside ego and engage people — not all of whom one ‘likes’– in order to educate their imaginations so that they are active participants in the world rather than factory robots.  This is not easy nor for the faint of heart. “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” No shit.

Information regarding Bill 78  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_78

Visit Democracy Now!  http://www.democracynow.org/  for coverage of the student protests. They had a good feature piece today (Friday May 25, 2012). http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/25/maple_spring_nearly_1_000_arrested

The Educated Imagination website dedicated to Northrop Frye http://fryeblog.blog.lib.mcmaster.ca/  O my, Frye was a Canadian?? Hehehe, see this post is ‘connected’ …..

And  Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination   http://northropfrye-theeducatedimagination.blogspot.com/

Nothing is perfect–but there are much better ways to educate than are currently employed en mass in the United States.  I think some Americans have figured out enough to know that closing 60 schools in Philadelphia is not a great idea.  http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/25/whos_killing_philly_public_schools_daniel

How is your imagination today? Please do share your thoughts if you’re so inclined.  No rulers for knuckle bashing nor ink pens held at the ready for grammar put downs in this blogcasa comment section. Anyone have a positive educational experience to share? Hmm? Horror stories also are ‘welcome’. Is your school under siege? Are you a teacher wondering what the hell has gone so horribly wrong? Are you a lucky teacher  in a great supportive environment with eager students?

 

Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion –a Big Wowza! of a novel from Red Deer Press

  Click the boot to see the video trailer and more at Red Deer Press.  If you find this an unsettling view  of teenage girls then I suggest you consider all that’s been written about their physical and psychological cruelty. Science fiction has nothing on the daily reality strutting through school hallways everywhere.

Rustle: I think of all the clicking, whirling cams, the screens and monitors, the hidden mics tracking our movements when we least suspect it–the never knowing when they’re watching. And I surrender to my own inevitable defeat. A tear rolls down my sorry check as I flashback to the Treason Times. I rememory all those twisted cores, those poor broken specimens struggling, impaled on their death sticks, waiting for the pain to end. Our ancestors, the human mothers who bore us, ridiculed ’til the very last milli and Beyond. That’ll be me soon. Sniff.

O thank you, Red Deer Press for your “…respect for the intelligence of the reader at every level…”–WOW–when’s the last time you read that in any American Publisher’s mission statement? Like NEVER!  I mean what American media outlet of any sort has any respect for the intelligence of its audience??? Red Deer Press is a Canadian operation–smirk, smirk.  Come on, be honest. I’m willing to entertain any suspects dishing up tomes to feed the intelligence hunger of Americans  anyone is willing to offer up.  Is it fair to argue that the fact that books in any form are still being produced by American publishers for the market is a good sign that we’ve not been entirely written off as complete morons–yet?  Big Big Sky is definitely not mental junk food for a dumbed down Young Adult audience. The very talented Kristyn Dunnion makes the most of every page to infiltrate and stretch the imagination of whoever picks up this totally engaging novel which raises a multitude of issues about blind obedience, genetic manipulation, love, leadership. loyalty and survival of the fittest–“Decline, Deform, Disobey.”  This is one hell of a science fiction/fantasy adventure into uncharted waters and beyond for the all female crew of a StarPod of young assassins: Rustle, Loo, Solomon, Shona and Roku.  Dunnion creates a tightly controlled world of young people trained by ScanMans to exterminate other humans. Then Dunnion turns the tables on the core group and soon they’re deep in a swim for their own lives to the lands beyond the mountain of total mind control. There’s good language craft fun with all the lingo Dunnion devises for this unruly passel of rampaging lasses as the plot unfolds from the shifting perspectives of each.  You don’t have to be a teenager or a female to jump into this novel and enjoy it immensely.  Keeping an open mind about love relationships and science fiction could be a tad useful at the onset–until the characters themselves yanky yank you into their world of troubles and tribulations and transformations.  Ever dream of becoming a big bird? How about an amphibian? What’s your control freak conformity factor?  All is fair in love and war, right?

I’m eagerly awaiting more of Kristyn Dunnion’s wicked writing wonders. I promise to share with the other girls nice nice.

See what else is on the reading plates at Red Deer Press http://www.reddeerpress.com/

Grab Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things and Anansi Boys for some shady summer text fun and love games.

Okay neither of these delightful Gaiman tomes is loitering on the new release shelf in you local free book lending operation called the public library or independent bookstore–if you’re lucky enough to have an incarnation of the latter in your swamp. So what. Good reads are good reads and if you’ve not wandered through either and you enjoy the landscape of Gaiman’s imagination perhaps it’s time to hide under some shade tree and indulge yourself.

In Anansi Boys, Gaiman spins the Spider myth anew complete with Fat Charlie and his long-lost brother, Spider, dealing with the legacy of their family inheritance via dearly departed dad, Mr. Nancy.  Gaiman concocts a tasty rum punch involving theft, murder, mayhem, mythology, and love. Fat Charlie soon learns there’s more ways to travel than by plane–sometimes one’s ticket to ride involves four elderly women, black candles and a little voodoo–no seatbelts required. You might want to be careful what you say to the next spider with the nerve to plop down beside you–it might summon your brother who might fancy your girlfriend as much as you do. Yes, Spider, does complicate Fat Charlie’s life but it’s all for the best–who needs a Rose when there’s a Daisy for the picking–though said Spider really hasn’t any intentions at all beyond entertaining himself.  While one can zoom through Anansi Boys simply enjoying the unfolding of a story–one can do some deep thought diving too via the role of myth in the human psyche and the desire for stories and the telling of them. There’s magic in words–spoken and written.  Maybe in karaoke too? What really constitutes ‘magic’ and why do some folks engage it as part of life while others have no clue of its existence? How doe the imagination create magic via storytelling? I’m not quite certain–But–I know one thing for sure, Spider’s bedroom has me wanting my own version–complete with waterfall.

While I enjoyed the tangling and untangling of web romping of Anansi Boys quite a bit, it was in Fragile Things, Short Fictions and Wonders where I loitered and took my time exploring and delighting in Gaiman’s literary small plates buffet. Don’t skip the introduction wherein Gaiman offers commentary regarding each ‘wonder’ in the collection. I was in a very very dark mood when I turned to this tome for some serious distraction. “A Study in Emerald” involving those Baker Street fellows hooked me straight off.  This might have had some benefit from my anticipation of the second season of the ‘new’ modern Sherlock rendered by Masterpiece. I was primed and ready for some mystery and fun Holmes style and swallowed this hook completely. While there is much temptation to gush at length over many of the short stories here I will refrain from such indulgence.  There’s a lot to like if you’re already a Gaiman fan–and more to discover if you’re not yet.  I’m seeing my coffee, ghosts and zombies in a different light since reading “Bitter Grounds.” I’ve been wondering what sort of “x-file” episode could have evolved out of “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Neither harlequins nor valentines will be the same for me after consuming “Harlequin Valentine.” For The Matrix fans there is “Goliath”–enough said.  Get a copy and read for yourself!

Philip K. Dick’s The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike — a cautionary tale for American women of a certain age of ignorance.

Blade Runner this ain’t. Nor is it the novel the film was based upon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.  This little ditty of a novel ostensibly lays claim to the science fiction genre via some questionable prehistoric humanoid remains and a mystery of water contamination.  If you include the science of human nature then the novel definitely qualifies as science fiction of a certain sort. Dick delves into the motives and minds of a few men around 1960–and if that doesn’t scare you now, it will after reading The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike because polite Ward Cleaver these dudes are not. The meat of this novel lies in the character development and portrayal of the male female relationships.  Dick does not paint an appealing portrait of the minds of the husbands. If you are a woman and you know men like these–your course of action should be very clear–RUN! RUN FAST! Realtor Leo Runcible’s wife, Janet,  is already an alcoholic mess by the time we meet her. But we get front row seats to Walt Dombrosio’s mental and physical assaults on his wife, Sherry, as he feels increasingly threatened by her entrance into the world of work outside the home.  There’s not much to love in these little ‘love nests’. Dick pulls no punches as he lays bare the nature of the war between the sexes 1960 style.  Pity that the same mentalities are alive and well in 2012.  And I will refrain from tossing out all the recent political allusions currently flooding my brainpan.  Except just this one— keep in mind– women still are not paid the same as men for doing the same job.  Maybe this should be required reading for Women’s Studies programs in order to give young American women a sense of “the good old days.”  Yeah, I know, some women do like their men cave man style. Must be a failure to evolve? At any rate, this is Philip K. Dick writing and in my opinion that makes it worth reading–as distasteful as cast of characters may be.

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