Thursday, August 31, 2006:

The Staple Singers -- Slow Train

The Staple Singers -- Slow Train
Gospel/soul/R&B today from The Staple Singers--a violin, a guitar, a cello, a quartet, sedate drumming--a lullaby for troubled souls.
[Soul Folk in Action]

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work, and its history.

Assault by racoon.

Are you being astroturfed? The ever-impressive Teresa Nielsen Hayden has a roundup of posts about it.

The communicative power of silence. With my recent silence I wasn't trying to communicate anything, but if I had been, it would have been "I'm out of town because of a family emergency."

On the trip, my thoughts kept circling back to "Bartleby the Scrivener"--nearly every day I was reminded of mankind's fundamental freedom, even to do pointless or harmful things. I'm tempted to relate that to the myth of the omnipresent enemy, and the reality of the enemies that the U.S. does have, but that's only because I'm a dirty hippie who thinks that freedom is good, subjugation and exploitation are bad, and that rage (even insane self-destructive rage) is a common result of the latter.

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Oh how I love The Staple Singers

Yes, they were impressive.

They are one of a kind, aren't they? They entertain me a lot especially during days when I feel so down.

I love them too, and I also love that great Stax sound. It turns out this was their first album at Stax and was produced by Steve Cropper. So I suppose it is his great guitar accompaniment here, reminiscent of what he did on Otis Redding's I've Got Dreams To Remember.

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