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Mr. Blue and Maria: A Musical Dream

Edward Curtin

Sixty years ago in the late fall and early winter, a seventeen-year-old blue-eyed Bronx boy went by himself to see an afternoon showing of West Side Story on Fordham Road in the north Bronx. He took the bus to the theater but walked the few miles home in a romantic daze, in love with Maria and yearning for a girl like that for himself. The movie had mesmerized him, and though he knew about gang fights and the enmity between different ethnic groups, especially white prejudice against Puerto Ricans and blacks, he had never been involved in such violence. It was real and not-real for him, and he was smart enough to realize that a movie was not real life and that great music had the anodyne power to enchant, and together with colorful moving pictures it could put one into a dream state that could be very powerful. There was a reason why Hollywood was called the “Dream Factory.” But he liked to dream and went to the movies to lose himself in fantasy like so many others. But West Side Story had hit him especially hard, and as he walked home through the winding streets, he felt unreal, as though the spell the movie cast on him was everlasting. He wanted to be Tony, not dead but alive, and Tony taking Maria away from the violent streets to a somewhere place where love and happiness were possible. His fascination, however, was tinged with foreboding, a sense that despite what felt like a window of optimism and hope in 1961 with the new young president John Kennedy in the White House, something bad was coming round the corner or whistling down the sky since shortly before the U.S. and the Soviet Union had faced off with tanks at the recently erected Berlin Wall, and weird things were happening around the world such as the Bay of Pigs invasion earlier in the year and the recent death of the Secretary General of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld, one of the boy’s heroes. In those years before cynicism swept the country, people had heroes, as did the boy: his father, JFK, Hammarskjöld, Paul Newman, and the basketball star Bob Cousy, obviously different in kind and stature. For the boy was a romantic at heart but his head thought dark thoughts. He didn’t know why, but he felt an odd mixture of hope and dread, and he kept thinking of Tony and Maria and how they fell in love at first sight. He wondered if this was just a movie thing. Was it fate that Tony got shot? He kept thinking back to seven years earlier when his seven-year-old cousin accidentally shot and killed his nine-year-old brother and the weirdness of accidents and horrible evil and love and sex and death and how his blue-eyed red-haired sister had married her Puerto Rican boyfriend despite the sick norms of the time – his mind was a merry-go-round of inchoate thoughts and impressions going in circles till the music stopped when he got home without a partner to share his deepest thoughts with, and no hand to hold – and so he went twice more by himself to see the movie, hoping to discover some secret embedded in its tale, thinking that perhaps the beautiful music hid a revelation and so he would have to listen again and again. He kept all this to himself, not daring to share his heart’s desires and fears with anyone, since he was an athlete and the only boy with seven sisters and his role was to be strong and brave and stoic and swallow his loneliness. The previous month he had come out of high school basketball practice on East 85th St. in Manhattan in the early evening only to ask a stranger for the time. The stranger in the tan cap and coat was his hero Paul Newman, the star of the recently released movie The Hustler in which he played Fast Eddie Felson, the pool hustler. The boy, who loved movies and went dreaming in them, had identified with Newman and his character’s desire to win, and when Newman, who introduced himself as Paul, very nicely took a few minutes to ask his name and talk to the boy about his school and basketball, the boy was thrilled, and the thrill was compounded when Newman called after him as the boy was leaving, “See you later, Fast Eddie.” They shared blue eyes and for some reason blue now seemed to color so much of what the boy saw and felt, the blue of the open sky’s freedom and the blueness of Tony’s eyes and his death and the Virgin Mary blueness of the aptly names Maria of the dark eyes, just like the talismanic miraculous medal of Blessed Mary that hung around the boy’s neck, kept there to protect and guide him to something that felt just out of reach and that perhaps he needed a miracle to reach. Who knows? He didn’t, but he felt that something was coming if he could only wait in hope, something very hard to do with his impetuous and passionate nature. He had just gotten into a stupid fight at a basketball practice with Louis Alcindor, who later became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which left him feeling weird and wondering about young men and fighting and now he had just seen Tony get killed in a tragic twist of fate in a game run by forces bigger than the Sharks and the Jets could imagine. What did it mean to win? And even though Tony wasn’t real, only an actor playing a part, his death resounded in the boy’s mind, just as did Maria’s anguish as she held her dying lover. Somewhere someday, he thought, love might conquer all this madness and we’ll find a new way of living and I’ll find my Maria and it will be love at first sight. The next year the boy went with a friend to The Gaslight Café in Greenwich Village. It was around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world teetered on the edge of nuclear war. The unknown blue-eyed Bob Dylan was performing there that fall and it was when he first sang “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” The boy kept hearing his words: “And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son? And what’ll you do now, my darling young one?” And a hard rain did fall, although nuclear war was avoided, Kennedy was soon shot dead for seeking peace between two gangs far more deadly than the Sharks and the Jets. And the boy had to decide what he would do, for the music played on but nobody was listening and there were guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children and napalm and rifles in the hands of young men in distant jungles. He wondered if there really was a place for us somewhere, a place to find a new way of living, for it didn’t seem like this was the time for it with blood everywhere, bad blood, good blood, puddles of blood, streams of blood, blood in the songs and songs in the blood, Dallas, New York, Memphis, the city of Angels, Saigon, San Juan, Hanoi down through the years as he wandered in tears and wondered where it was all going, all this blood. Blue entered his soul, a blueness of the deepest deep that was not a technicolor blue but a Billie Holiday blue, the Bronx buried Billie near the boy’s dead young cousin Jimmy, dead with a bullet to the heart because of an adult’s carelessness, the adults who made the wars in the ghettos and the jungles and caused the deaths of so many all across the world, those unfeeling ones who killed Billie and Bobby and Jimmy and Tony and Johnny and Bernardo, and did their best to try to extinguish blue skies in the hearts of young people everywhere, to drug them and wipe their minds clean of hope and idealism and the feeling that miracles could happen and the world is full of light with suns and moons all over the place, wild and bright going mad, shooting sparks into space because love is found and love abides. For the boy, as he walked through the years and became a man, the blueness in his soul always also harbored a certain blue that counteracted the blues, a blue like singing the blues defeats the darkness. For him it was this inner image of Maria, Mary, Marie, the lady in blue, the Blessed one, the mother of all sorrows and hope that kept him company all along his journeys and sang to him as she held his hand. Who can explain it, who can tell you why? He wasn’t foolish enough to try. One day, the boy who became the man, now a reluctant young professor, walked into a room to teach a course on death and meaning, and there was his beautiful Maria looking at him, she of the long dark hair and dark eyes, resurrected, and he saw her and the world went away, death departed, they stared at each other spell-bound, and he knew this wasn’t a movie but was real love at first sight. Time flew away and yet a hard rain kept falling and it’s falling still. The sky still weeps and the blood keeps a-flowing. The boy learned to tell it and “speak it and think it and breathe it and reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it,” and is still doing his best. He and Maria, no longer young, just went to the movies together to see the remake of West Side Story. The theater was nearly empty. He was expecting to find much to criticize. Instead, he found Tony and Maria again and the same old story, the fight for love and glory for a new time and place but with new faces in the same race to defeat the old hate that never seems to die. It was only a movie. But as he took Maria’s hand he knew that love abides, and he whispered to himself: “Always you, every thought I’ll ever know/Everywhere I go you’ll be, you and me.” It was a miracle, not a dream.

Edward Curtin is an independent writer whose work has appeared widely over many years. His website is edwardcurtin.com and his new book is Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies.

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p.brooksmcginis
p.brooksmcginis
Jan 1, 2022 8:25 PM

All War is Evil
No More War

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2021 12:11 AM

Amazing. See: my homage to Myles Connolly and his “Mr. Blue” little masterpiece, which I just posted before reading this, at today’s piece on Frank Capra by Ehret.

The Man on the Blue Guitar, as Wallace Stevens has written.

Edward Curtin
Edward Curtin
Dec 22, 2021 10:54 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Maybe more amazing, John, is that you – or anyone – made the connection to Connolly’s book and Stevens’ poem, for it is from the former, while thinking of the latter, that I took my title -“Mr. Blue.” It is a book I read when I was 16 and have always loved.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 23, 2021 2:50 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

Great minds think alike, Ed.

But, seriously, as I have noticed in your past pieces, including the first I read that really lit me up 3 or 4 years ago, the review of “The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton” (and which also first drew my interest to OffGuardian for publishing such an engaging and relevant review, one in my personal wheelhouse of “hidden history”), you have traversed a good many of the same literary and artistic and ~EVEN~ athletic paths as I have, though as a Catholic convert in my case. (Even unto my obsession with basketball and being dubbed the “3 Point King” of Pico Rivera, East L.A. in my forties in the years of “Showtime”.)

In the days when I was first hearing Catholic Mass at Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in the mid-70s, I was, by day, and also by the wee hours often enough, hanging out at Shakespeare and Company just across the river, even so much as lodging there, on the various floors. The late George Whitman, proprietor of that amazing bookstore, would invite me to his little room on the second floor, on the other side of the antique spiral staircase, after closing at midnights, and we would both read books til dawn, since we were both already night owls, anyway. He told me the first night, pouring us two shots of Chivas Regal, that he was working through all the novels of George Eliot, while I sat in a chair in front of his bookcase and the titles he showed me there all the first editions of the books (by James Joyce and others that Shakespeare & Co. had published) he had acquired.

I had read some Wallace Stevens before I got to Paris, but it was in his bookstore that I came across one that had “The Man with the Blue Guitar” and was instantly mesmerized, since my first and biggest ambition in expatriating to Paris (in the dreary throes of Watergate) had been to concertize on piano and write music, both of which I did a little bit, once there. So, primed as I was with poems and pianos, the poetic reaches of the poet’s blue guitar took me with them!

More amazing yet, Ed, for a trifecta of amazement here, I had just done a search on Earl Shorris and Maxine Greene, last night, and I was shocked, though not at all surprised, that one of her books has “the Blue Guitar” as the core of its title! How’s that for redundant serendipity, even synchronized.

Their legacies, both Shorris and Greene, galvanize me, since their life’s work in teaching humanities to the “disadvantaged” en masse really shouts a central all-important mission for our collapsing, banalized and commercialized cultures. It’s a lot like what Jose Abreu has done in Venezuela, and the torch passed on to one of the program’s graduates, Gustavo Dudamel, young maestro of the LA Philharmonic, in cultivating the wings of great art and music for the grinding poor youth in the barrios of Venezuela, through FESNOJIV. Otherwise known as “El Sistema”.

Handing dirt-poor kids from the “hood” violins and clarinets et al.

Wallace must be smiling down, as I have come across several references to him in recent days, especially yours. I used to walk every morning under an ancient bridge in Paris that was mossy and with unique resounding acoustics, and recite “The Idea of Order at Key West” and “Martial Cadenza” (which I’ve set to music for soloist and chorus … well, still unfinished, due to ever ambitious plans for it).

One of the few really captivating modern composers I have heard, quite recently, Augusta Read Thomas, wrote a piece called “Words of the Sea” that was performed on the KUSC “Modern Times” program by Pierre Boulez, no less, and Chicago Symphony.

This is the third or fourth time I’ve caught the reference to the works of Stevens, insurance executive, in modern music titles, such as “Sudden Time” I heard at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra twenty years ago, and which was taken from “Martial Cadenza”‘:

“It was like sudden time in a world without time, this world, this place, this street in which I was, without time…”

But Thomas’ title of her work gave me even stronger chills (no, NOT any from Covid 1984!):

I remembered it from my ambling recitations to myself, under Pont Neuf and other Paris bridges:

“Oh blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
Maker’s rage to order words of the sea
And of ourselves, and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.”

(“The Idea of Order at Key West”)

Certainly, Mr. Blue is now currently lighting up his Blue Guitar.

Now showing, tonight! Sudden Time!

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 23, 2021 5:32 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

Happy Birthday! Maxine Greene. The earthly day, that is. She passed in May of 2014, but her brilliance lives on in The Blue Guitar. She was born on this day, in 1917. Unique as a feminist cultural philosopher, on wings, with her own Blue Strings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxine_Greene

KrisRM
KrisRM
Dec 20, 2021 11:42 PM

What an enchanting tale!

I’m three years younger and can relate to every word, being of a similar temperament when a youth.

And for some inexplicable reason, I can recall extremely vividly the sunny windy day I went into Sydney with two school friends to see the same movie, and it had a similar impact .

Thanks for the memories of a time (1965) that I wistfully recall; for all the good bad and ugly there was still some hope for a better future… sadly today’s children can not share in that dream any longer… How will they ever be able to forgive us?

covidiot
covidiot
Dec 20, 2021 4:30 PM

breaking news: paragraphs are your friend.

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Dec 21, 2021 11:04 PM
Reply to  covidiot

Feel free to show us how you’d break the piece into paragraphs, and please post your improved version here for us all to take delight in.

ity
ity
Dec 20, 2021 9:00 AM

Today in the Guardian;

England hospital units may close as staff revolt over jab mandate, says NHS leader.

The article isn’t clear on how many NHS staff are still invaccinated. At one point Javid is quoted as saying 94,000 staff are unvaccinated, but then the following paragraph claims that up to 126,000 NHS staff could lose their jobs in April for being unvaccinated.

Whatever the figure, these numbers are surely significant. I suspect that the government might be forced to perform a u-turn on this, as how will the health service still function with such a drop in staff members.

And these numbers are also significant in that they might get the public to think a little. What is it that is making so many NHS workers resist the jab? Ok, many of these people resisting will be hospital porters etc, but some will also be doctors, nurses, and midwives. If anyone is well placed to see the adverse reactions to vaccines, or to know that natural immunity is strong and robust, it will be people working for the NHS.

MBJ
MBJ
Dec 20, 2021 10:13 AM
Reply to  ity

The good things is, as more jabs are required to be fooly vaccinated it is likely that the number of unvaccinated NHS staff will increase.

ity
ity
Dec 20, 2021 10:35 AM
Reply to  MBJ

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Those running this shit show are obviously hoping that the threat of unemployment will result in large numbers of NHS staff relenting, and getting jabbed just so as to keep their jobs. But I’m really not sure which way this will go. It’s a game of psycho poker… who will fold and who will hold.

ity
ity
Dec 20, 2021 10:43 AM
Reply to  ity

And just to add, I have so much admiration for those who resist at real cost to their lives and livelihoods. I resist, but as a person in the UK who has no job to lose, my resistance is easy and fairly cost free… for now.

Just as me going unmasked has been a relatively easy ride. If I was in a country which heavily fined the unmasked, or if I was being regularly threatened with violence for my stance, then my bravery would be really tested. I’m not yet in that situation, and can only hope that if/when it comes, that I’m up to the task.

As ever, my heart goes out to those resisting in places where it is taking real bravery and resilience to stand up. We have it relatively easy here in the UK.

muservin
muservin
Dec 23, 2021 3:11 AM
Reply to  ity

Amen, our hearts go out. It is a solemn test.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 20, 2021 10:56 AM
Reply to  ity

I didn’t see that article but there was one titled, “London hospital staff speak out: ‘We’re not here to judge, but please get your Covid vaccines’.

I thought the curious “We’re not here to judge” may signify some indication of resistance but on attempting to read the article, found that it followed the dreary impenetrable WSW tactic of drudging up statistics, statistics and statistics that we’re clearly supposed to take at face value. And there was the compulsive ejaculation of “tsunami”.

I have no time and no patience left for this mindless, fraudulent content-free verbal vacuum.

ity
ity
Dec 20, 2021 11:11 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Yes. The use of “we’re not here to judge” is nothing but them implying that they have the moral and intellectual high ground, while also trying to look understanding and compassionate to those that they have chosen to patronise and condescend.

They might dishonestly insist that they are not judging us, but they can be sure that we are judging them.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2021 12:38 AM
Reply to  ity

I was recently in a hospital for a freak accident of a bleeding ulcer from having over-indulged in aspirin, without really comprehending the risks. Well, I found out, but more drama than trauma.

They kept me there three days and I had a chance to take my own informal poll of the nursing staff, and they were all pretty much fiercely against the vaccines and had caused an uproar with hospital ownership, private, which led the latter to letting them sign a waiver.

And yet kindly authorities like the Pope, who has endeared himself to me with many of his decisions, has been at loggerheads with members of his curia in the Vatican who refuse to get the vaccine. He was originally a chemist, too, before a cleric, and apparently he has been cloistered enough to not understand how world banksters crime-partnering with Pharma gangsters and MSM have created a “seamless garment” (apologies to an oft-used Vatican II image) or MATRIX of impenetrable lies about the efficacy and probity of these Trojan Horse products.

Pfizer has a scandalous recent track record on safety, as do J&J and pretty much the whole industry.

As an observant Catholic in Orange County, still pretty much a bastion of conservatives, I am finding that the county and the Church is quite divided, though only one parish totally flouts the mask mandates, since the getgo (I was “bombarding” their priesthood with anti-vaxx forwards from this website and others since day 1, March 2020) whereas most others are now getting to a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

But, bewildered as I am personally at such an incredible cognitive dissonance on both sides (although I get it, it still amazes), I can’t believe how anyone takes these Big Pharma companies seriously.

I am the son of a mother who was on the front page of the L.A. Times, OC Edition, in the late 1990s, protesting, at the front of a crowd, and pointing her finger in a newsman’s face, about their using toxic pesticides at her community Landmark, in Huntington Beach.

But then, she had me carrying placards and marching around the block with them held high when I was four years old, “Eisenhower BOO, Stevenson RAH!”

So perhaps it’s in the DNA. Whilst still in the flesh, she would laugh out loud at Big Pharma drug commercials and had a 90 year history of hating the fascist ploys of big corporations.

So, in a nutshell, it really is deep in our DNA.

But the Pope doesn’t seem to have a clue about the conspiratorial conduct of this crime partnership of major perps. Or he is not telling us something. Seems more like the former.

Then again, his predecessors never seemed, to yours truly anyway, much of Clue One about some of the persecution going on against Catholics in the Americas south of our borders.

He refused on one occasion to give an audience to Bishop Oscar Romero, who tagged after him on a visit to the Vatican, through the hallways. “Surely Bishop, you exaggerate.”

Perhaps it’s just too difficult for many of the popes to directly confront some of these evils and their perpetrators.

I note that Brit “Catholic novelist” Graham Greene said of the persecution against the Catholic Church in Mexico a hundred years ago, when it was outlawed and Los Federales would shoot many priests in summary executions on virulently anti-Catholic Presidente Calles orders:

“The fiercest persecution of religion since Elizabeth.”

But 40 years later Romero has been declared a Saint for his defense of his country’s poor Catholics and resistance to fascism.

Just as Sophie Scholl was voted a half century after her beheading by the Reich, “Greatest German of the 20th Century”.

So, such things give us hope against hope, upon hope, even when some of the most established authorities get it all wrong.

At least on certain issues, eh?

I went around town(s) in California telling everyone, 20 years ago that we were getting absolutely ROLLED by the energy companies, led by the “late” (?) Supervillain Ken Lay, and I took a literal Hell of a lot of heat from people accusing me of murdering old people of heat stroke if we didn’t march to Ken Lay’s tune.

A few years later Lay was prosecuted to the hilt by the DOJ and found guilty on EVERY count of the most grotesque CONSPIRATORIAL crimes against electricity consumers of California, who are still owed by him FORTY BILLION dollars.

Good luck with that Bill.

But the centerpiece of my plaint, as a humble Conspiracy Realist, was that the real target was California government and economy: their brazen super-crime was intended to crash the economy with their power players taking over things in general.

Same exact template, different day, different scare: Fake a hellth crisis, and offer a fake solution that would cost us billions more.

I was proven right within a few years, but nobody ever apologized or came clean with a mea culpa. Same with today’s nitwits, only ten times the heat: I’ve been booted from about half of my dozen regular stops in the last two years.

But there is a shift in the tide. As big as the heist has been, it has taken awhile, but people are starting more and more to realize they’ve been had. A significant number anyway. Will they start to get a serious clue, though? It’s ridiculous how opaque.

muservin
muservin
Dec 23, 2021 3:08 AM
Reply to  ity

I had occasion to go to ER and be cooped up in a room upstairs for a few days, first time in 50 years I had stayed in one overnight.

I took informal polls all along of the nurses. Whereas the initial ER doctor gave me a lot of heat about questioning the sanctity of the protocols, but was patient nonetheless with my peccadilloes, the nurses were ALL in revolt.

The doctors felt they had to scope me for an ulcer, which was more drama than trauma and very transient, though my dipstick went down 4 pints!, but it gave me the chance to hear some input from one of the nurses, very intelligent, who said that the nurses had all gone to the wall over refusing vaccines, and all the rest, and the hospital, a private one, had let them sign a waiver on vaccines to protect their jobs and presence.

The others all told me that masks are “stupid” and “silly” and were on the same page as I, so that’s encouraging to see the degree of principled rebellion and resistance.

Will it last? We must keep on keepin’ on. The whole global fiasco is so transparently contrived, I don’t know what is up with these oligarchs. As Professor Michel Chossudovsky of globalresearch.ca put it in his home page video, “A diabolical adventure” the last two years.

That descriptor works for me. Pithy and accurate.

ity
ity
Dec 20, 2021 8:38 AM

So yesterday we hear that a professional singer, Carlos Marín, dies at 53 after being taken to hospital. No cause of death has been given. Of course we don’t know if he’s been recently jabbed, because our media is so busy repressing such information, or just deeming it irrelevant.
And then things get weirder. I generally avoid the BBC news output these days, but this morning just happened to catch ‘thought for the day’ on R4. The illness of Carlos Marin was brought up, but just to highlight the fact that an understudy had ‘stood up’ to fill the place of the sick and dying singer, and that the performance was a rousing success. This was then used as an example of good people ‘standing up’, praising all of those ‘standing up’ and helping with the ongoing vaccination drive.

So we have a man who may or may not have been killed by a recent jab, being used to promote others getting jabbed.

We are truly down the rabbit hole.

Mark R. Elsis
Mark R. Elsis
Dec 20, 2021 8:25 AM

The Genesis Of Beat It
by Mark R. Elsis
https://MichaelJackson.net

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 20, 2021 8:22 AM

Sydney teen fined $35k over COVID-19 restrictions (msn.com) Look at this moronic crap, the kid wasn’t sick, his father wasn’t sick, no one got sick but this moron magistrate operates on moron level and should be fucking sacked.

WorkingClassHero
WorkingClassHero
Dec 20, 2021 9:39 AM

would be fake news to put fear in the plebs. Why are reading ch9 anyway and posting this shit here?

les online
les online
Dec 20, 2021 8:11 AM

Celia Farber claims Fauci invented Woke, and PC (political correctness). I dont agree about the ‘PC’ claim, but then….
Have a read, it’s only a short piece,,,
https://planetwaves.fm/americas-doctor-its-not-just-that-hes-so-boring-celia-farber-comments-on-anthony-fauci/

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 20, 2021 5:41 AM

Recently no one seemed able to give me a more accessible link to the VAERS data.
Here it is:
https://openvaers.com/

les online
les online
Dec 20, 2021 4:15 AM

Walter Benjamin’s Angel, flying desperately against the inexorable pull of The Future. It’s gaze filled with The Past – the slaughter, the devastation, the chaos of Capitalism’s Creative Destruction – the Expenses side of The Ledger.
On the Income side of The Ledger, The Future, as Security, a tenuous security that can only be obtained, and maintained, by Capitalism’s Creative Destruction.

A city’s Central Business District (CBD) employs tens of thousands keeping The Accounts. The records of What is Owned, and What is Owed. (An Accountant, one of David Graeber’s ‘Bullshit Jobs’.). The CBD, the centre of The Emotional Economy of Capitalism. (Old Marx was wrong – Capitalism doesnt seem to have a half-life as a system. Maybe he meant ‘living in capitalism is a half-life ?).

les online
les online
Dec 20, 2021 3:39 AM

The lad’s story starts at age 17. and he’s still daydreaming, still hanging out for a bit. He’s already primed for a life of fear. Hanging from his neck a medal of The Virgin – to protect him, to ward off the free-floating anxiety – the Lifeblood of The Church – at work…
He’s a puzzle to the Authorities, and the de-radicalisation experts. “How did the youngster break free from the grip of his conditioning, come to embrace an “extremist” vax-questioning position ?” (They ignore that he has a sneaking love of his time in the clutches of the church. Aging makes fond so much.)
Oftentimes lately i’m reminded “you never knew what you had ’til it has gone.” As if embracing Our Past helps us bear the Uncertainties that threaten…(Just now an image of Walter Benjamin’s Angel flying backwards against The Future flashed on my mental screen.)

hele
hele
Dec 20, 2021 2:31 AM

Edward Curtin, yours is the writing I love.

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Dec 20, 2021 1:55 AM

Just to convey the meaninglessness of stereotypes. My brother (we were living in Inwood, upper tip of Manhattan Island, across the bridge from Fordham Rd in the Bronx, met a Puerto Rican girl from The Bronx in 1966 they married in 1969. He was dark haired and green eyed. She’s still alive, at the time was a strawberry blonde, with blue-green eyes. f you were to see them back then and be told that one of them was Puerto Rican, 999 out of a thousand would guess he was the one, the odd 1 would do so out of a wish defying the odds.This coupling happened against my parents’ wishes. Didn’t matter that she was really light complexioned, or that her family was better off than ours (owned their own home), just a visceral disgust with “Puerto Ricans.”

New Name
New Name
Dec 21, 2021 4:30 AM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

My brother is married to a Puerto Rican and I have been to that island. Pigmentation there varies right across the spectrum though the average is brown. Highlight of my visit was the bioluminiscence in the ocean off the South Western coast (and perhaps elsewhere).

Michael
Michael
Dec 20, 2021 1:53 AM

Reading this lovely, lyrical slice of nostalgia for a lost world and blighted hopes, a tune kept coming back to me. Not “Maria”, but Chet Baker’s version incomparable version of Elvis Costello’s hit, Almost Blue. Surely, this is the ultimate, lacerating lament for failed promise of the American Dream and the enviscerating reality of life. Rest in piece, Chet. You earned it.

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 20, 2021 5:18 AM
Reply to  Michael

Look at the cover of Costello’s album ‘Spike’ if you want to see what he was all about.

The lyrics to ‘I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea’ are curious. It seems to be about the Chelsea Hotel rather than an area of London. “Everybody’s got new orders/Be a nice girl and kiss the warders” and “Men come screaming, dressed in white coats/Shake you very gently by the throat” seem a bit MK Ultra to me. The list of odd things that happened at the Chelsea Hotel isn’t a short one – from Clarke wring ‘2001’ to the alleged Nancy Spungeon murder. Chateau Marmont seems to be the west coast equivalent.

tony_0pmoc
tony_0pmoc
Dec 20, 2021 1:49 AM

I know Jonathan Pie, has gone on the other side, and openly admits to haviing been jabbed, and actually maybe a bit working for the BBC, but this is Really Good.

Best Slag Off Of The Political Establishment I have seen today

“Christmas Cheer”

Justin
Justin
Dec 20, 2021 7:29 AM
Reply to  tony_0pmoc

I have just prescribed the Tart 25mg of benzodiazepine, a litre of Johnnie Walker and 10 big fat joints – tomorrow the rooster will be ready for his booster…. or maybe the day after.

Dr Justin PhuXXXD (the Supererogatory Apothecary Warehouse open 24/7)

bravenewworld
bravenewworld
Dec 20, 2021 5:39 PM
Reply to  Justin

Seems mild. Anything stronger.?

tony_0pmoc
tony_0pmoc
Dec 20, 2021 12:04 AM

Edward Curtin. I just Loved Your Book. It was my bed at book at bedtime for several months, whilst I was falling asleep, and you were reminding me of me, when I was kid fishing on the River Ribble Lancashire England with Our Friend. A Roman Catholic Priest…in an almost dream like state.

I liked fishing with him, but he knew I was not quite as holy as him, and the thought of going into a monastery and becoming a Catholic Priest, was a fate worse than Death.

He remained a friend, all my life. He was just dead nice. I learnt a lot from him, most of it was about basic morality, and devoting your life to helping people

He was a rebel priest, and they recalled him to Salford Cathedral.

I spent my Childhood with him. He didn’t abuse anyone. He Was a vary holy man…

We all felt blessed.

He travelled from the South of France, back to Lancashire

For My Mums Funeral.

You Look good for 77. I am not quite as old as you, but feel the same. My wife and I have been together for over 40 years, and we have Grandkids now too.

I was an altar boy for more than 10 years, and was never aware of any physical or sexual abuse. my friends would have told me, if there was.

Yes, The Priests, tried to do our heads in when all we wanted to was make love, but it didn’t have that much effect, cos the birthrate in Oldham went up (mostly us Roman Catholics when the kirls were released from Convents. I was much too shy, but wanted to, rather than becoming a Catholic Priest, I wanted to be naughty with my Girlfriend

Saw West Side story when i was about 10 in Manchester with my Mum.

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Tony

muservin
muservin
Dec 23, 2021 3:30 AM
Reply to  tony_0pmoc

The Freemasons tried to crash the Vatican banks forty years ago. Do you ever notice the newspapers that are pushing all the abuse storyline. NYT and WaPo and others. The Freemasons are sworn to destroying the Catholic Church, and my educated (and researched) guess is that the pedophile scandal, like Covid stats, are hugely spiked by those with a “dog in the fight”. The Catholic Church is about 100 times the size of many denominations, and at least ten to twenty times the size of the big ones. The pesky factoid that the numbers of sex abuse are never reported proportionally. I’ve heard that the numbers by percentile are consistent across all organizations and religions, yet it’s the Catholic Church that is relentlessly hammered, like Roman Polanski and others are hounded all over the world for things they may or may not have done, were there any witnesses.

It’s now getting to the strategic point that anytime any bad actors, in collusion, want to take down something or someone, they get a situation where there were only two people present, behind closed doors.

What Judge Learned Hand wrote in an opinion decades ago was a society being ruled by “Conviction by Innuendo”. And it’s happening more and more. Al Franken may or may not have bumped a woman while taking a photo with her decades ago, and suddenly he’s out of office.

I really don’t like it.

In connecting the dots, how interesting that the first peal of Covid thunder occurred on March 11, 2020. The Anniversary of Jacques de Molay, burnt at the stake in Paris 7 centuries ago. I saw a plaque there on my walks to the Cathedral, and another a block away. Both for his execution. I used to really marvel and wonder about that, in 1975 when I lived nearby. One gave March 11, the other March 18. Both red-lettered days for Covid, the first was the night they shut down the NBA here, seconds before tipoff, and the second was when they closed all the churches.

Coincidence or Conspiracy? We report, you decide.

All that I know is that I used to catch, only two or three times, my (biological) father saying the words “de Molay” dances at home, when he thought I was out of earshot. For some reason he would always change the subject, refusing to answer my question, “Oh, they are just little get togethers for teenagers, like cotillion.” He squirmed each time I asked him.

He had several clients, as their attorney, who were 33rd degree Freemasons. I’ve posted that a number of times, as it’s important.

The Freemasons in Mexico, Scottish Rite Lodge, gave Presidente Calles an award for “his work against the Catholic Church” when he managed to get 100,000 people killed in the Cristero War about a 100 years ago. Graham Greene, on hand then, called it “The fiercest persecution of religion since Elizabeth.”

I mention this because it seems clear to me that it was rogues at the higher levels of Freemasonry who were responsible for the call that led to the hit on the JFK and RFK, because, as James Douglass chronicles in “JFK and the Unspeakable”, they were laying down very strong diplomatic ties to the Vatican to end the Cold War et al.

If you connect these dots, that is what you get. Time and time again I see it.

DeMolay International is the name of the Junior Freemasons society.

Sirka Sie
Sirka Sie
Dec 19, 2021 11:58 PM

This made me cry from start to finish.
So beautiful
Thank you

Justin
Justin
Dec 19, 2021 11:57 PM

Here ya go Sophie darling – I hope you don’t wet your knickers over this one, but if you do then that’s OK. (And dear Tony Moronic, please stay in character comrade wise the dirty old cigarette will lock us up together in your John.)

My Twitter conversation with the chairman of the Sage Covid modelling committee
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/my-twitter-conversation-with-the-chairman-of-the-sage-covid-modelling-committee

Dr Justin PhuXXXD (I do not live with Tony and his pet name for me is not Maria)

PS Tony, John’s exited, butt I’m not really into threesomes.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 19, 2021 11:36 PM

Poetry.
Thank you, ‘Fast Eddie’

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Dec 19, 2021 10:51 PM

Congratulations to Off-G for not splitting this piece into arbitrary paragraphs in order to make it “easier to read”, which is something they’re not averse to doing.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Dec 20, 2021 12:37 AM
Reply to  Cliff Edwards

We agree on something Cliff! Funnily enough I normally find it very difficult to read unchunked text and regardless of where paragraph logic applies I like to read text broken up but I didn’t even really notice because I read it on my phone and didn’t see the text block in its entirety before starting to read and I guess it just felt organically like stream of consciousness.

It’s nice to read of a real-life fairy-tale romance amongst the awfulness of what’s happening now.

Vee DeMarche
Vee DeMarche
Dec 19, 2021 10:07 PM

If there is anyone better at this, then please tell me. I never miss an Edward Curtin piece; he connects to my heart and sole each and every time. Just a few years younger than him, and a Brooklyn boy -and maybe that’s the link. Thank you.

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 19, 2021 9:44 PM

Here’s a rather FUN interview of Jessica Rose, the lady who’s analyzing VAERS.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/12/19/vaers-covid-data.aspx

Orthus
Orthus
Dec 19, 2021 10:16 PM
Reply to  Penelope

Nice to see the unorthodox Mercola basing his website on M$ software, thus helping Gates further his megalomania.

Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 19, 2021 11:01 PM
Reply to  Orthus

? It uses Grokable community server, although Grokable say they have M$ and other big names as clients. Probably linked by stealth.

Orthus
Orthus
Dec 19, 2021 11:37 PM
Reply to  Tony Maroni

aspx means it has been produced by M$’s ASP.NET software.

Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 20, 2021 1:46 AM
Reply to  Orthus

You’re right. Wasn’t trying to be a smart ass.

dr death
dr death
Dec 19, 2021 9:29 PM

thankfully I’ve never been taken in by all this cheesy noo yoyk schmaltz.. clumsy social engineering disguised as enter-tain-ment…(isn’t it all.. but that’s another west side story)..

bernstein (who single handedly plucked the mediocrity gustav mahler from near obscurity and raised him to demi-god status) was more famous in his social circles for his flatulent nicotine stained persona (described as always surrounded by a plume of noxious fart gas and tobacco smoke) and grumpy demeanor…

than his ham fisted attempts at musical composition…. a truly awful man…. with awful tunes..

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 19, 2021 11:48 PM
Reply to  dr death

Oh, I don’t know, dr death– musical literature, just like textual literature can be of value, and sometimes quite inspiring. I recall my first field-trip when I was 13. We were taken to see “The Sound of Music” played as theatre-in-the-round in Cleveland. I had been struggling to maintain MY view of life, for which I had no words. I only knew that the people who were making many TV programs were attacking that view– and so I had conceived a dislike for TV and watched only very selectively.

The nun sang Climb every mountain/ Ford every stream/ Til you find your dream/ A dream that will need all the love you can give. And my mind shouted “Yesss.” They were the first words I ever had to protect myself against superficiality and mediocrity.

dr death
dr death
Dec 20, 2021 11:57 AM
Reply to  Penelope

Oh I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind ‘penelope’, and I’m happy you can draw pleasure from such things…

however… the mere mention of bernstein or mahler has me reaching for the 9mm..

and my violin case…

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 19, 2021 9:15 PM

Shall we dance?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10214849/Victoria-lift-Covid-19-restrictions-midnight-tonight.html
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with no capacity limits as long as everyone is double jabbed. These events will be restricted to 50 guests if patrons are not vaccinated.

Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 19, 2021 8:06 PM

“Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization”

Agent Smith.

Spencer
Spencer
Dec 19, 2021 10:10 PM
Reply to  Tony Maroni

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Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 19, 2021 10:28 PM
Reply to  Spencer

👍

The sheep just don’t get it do they. It’s just a movie, flashing lights, great effects, a dog and a coke. Keep the muzzle on, get the vax, QR code at all times.
God help them.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 19, 2021 7:33 PM

Good idea using no paragraphs at all.
An energy-draining wall of text is pretty much what this subject matter needs.

As with many musicals, there are a number of possible reactions to West Side Story.
I enjoyed the Natalie Wood version, but I still go for a).

a) Admire Bernstein’s wonderful music for its own sake, ignoring the drama.
b) Appreciate how well Bernstein’s music fits the emotional content of the drama, and enjoy the whole experience.
c) Appreciate the unremarkable modern ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story for its own sake, ignoring the music.

I’m being grumpy today . . .

Ort
Ort
Dec 19, 2021 7:59 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Grump away!  😉  I had the same reaction; I first assumed, or hoped, that the wall of text was a formatting accident.

Circa 1970, the faculty moderator of my high-school newspaper compared paragraph breaks to the spaces in a musical composition, necessary to let the text (and reader) “breathe”, and referred to unbroken blocks in columns of text as “tombstones”.

I soon drifted away from the newspaper club, and I’ve never seen this descriptive term elsewhere. But this insight impressed me as obviously correct and helpful, and I’m still grateful that he expressed it.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 19, 2021 8:27 PM
Reply to  Ort

That was a bright moderator.

May his like be forever with us.

les online
les online
Dec 20, 2021 2:13 AM
Reply to  Ort

A feminist writer in the 1970s – i think it might have been Adrianna Rich – wrote a book using no full stops. A ‘flow of consciousness’ sort of book. Her publisher insisted on putting in the full stops. “Those are The Rules !” he insisted…
“You’ve gotto Have Rules !” You cant have disobedience otherwise…
But aside from that: Revolution is the casting off of all of Somebody else’s Rules.
That’s why The Great Reset’s 4th Industrial Revolution is not a revolution…
Although the breaking free of the remaining few restraints democracy uses to constrain the predator class, some might call a revolution…

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 19, 2021 7:05 PM

SOMEWHERE – ROBIN GIBB.wmv – YouTube A barely known teenager in Australia, was a member of the most enduring boy band ever.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Dec 20, 2021 12:28 AM

That’s a really nice version, Marilyn. Rita Moreno was recorded live on set singing Somewhere at the age of 89 in the 2021 film version – she turned 90 nine days ago. Astounding, no. It’s interesting in the comments how some people disapprove of her character singing the song rather than Tony and Maria in this incarnation but I don’t, especially as – gasp! – I’ve never seen the original film anyway.

Here she tells an amusing story of how she went out with Elvis Presley to make Marlon Brando jealous.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 20, 2021 6:52 AM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

Robin had the voice of the 20th century, just think, he was 15 when he sang that in his garage.

Geoff S
Geoff S
Dec 19, 2021 6:39 PM

What just happened? Did one of Tony Opmoc’s musings finally make it above the line?

Spencer
Spencer
Dec 19, 2021 5:44 PM

I have serious questions: So if the vaccine is no longer an exit strategy, how do we exit? What does success look like now? Have the past two years of extremely heavy handed government policy been a failure? How far and how long are people prepared to go with civil liberties?

Tens of thousands of freedom lovers march against vaccine passports and mandates in central London Dec 18, 2021

https://twitter.com/i/status/1472205903910866950

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 19, 2021 5:51 PM
Reply to  Spencer

Oh, I thought ‘exit strategy’ meant we were just supposed to go away and die…?

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:28 PM
Reply to  wardropper

“exit” = “final”
“strategy” = “solution.”

I’m genuinely not trolling here.

Big al
Big al
Dec 19, 2021 6:11 PM
Reply to  Spencer

It’s unclear to me what you’re saying and asking. The vaccine was an “exit strategy” for what? And success for who?
Relative to how far and long people are prepared to go, I assume with that you mean how far will the people who are going to fight against the dystopia go, as opposed to how far will those who want to take our freedom go. I think in both cases however, it’s all the way. Of course. Success, for us, is freedom and liberty, we can accept nothing less.

I don’t know about you or most anyone else, but if you and they know what I know, I don’t know how it can’t go all the way. They will never make me take those shots. It is literally impossible at this point unless physically forced. I know the truth, that cannot be changed. It’s like the saying about seeing something you can’t unsee. We’ve seen something we can’t unsee. And there are millions and millions of us. So that’s how far it will go.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 19, 2021 6:59 PM
Reply to  Spencer

Stop fucking testing and leave the mobile phones home, don’t watch the news or read the papers.

Terrestrial
Terrestrial
Dec 19, 2021 7:10 PM

… and don’t take the jab.

Justin
Justin
Dec 19, 2021 7:58 PM

Works for me.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 19, 2021 8:28 PM

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:34 PM

Completely. Fucking. Agree

This would end tomorrow if the testing stopped. A daughter of a friend of mine is compulsively testing herself 7 times a day with lateral flows then if she gets a positive tells everyone she knows to go for a PCR test. It has caused such a palaver in her family now everyone is ignoring her. I mean that is obsessive. Her other sister has several children and she is quite sceptical but the kids kept getting sent home to isolate so when her sister pulled this she just lost it. And of course the hilarious thing is that it is probably immunity the tests are now picking up – as none of these fuckers are even getting sick.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:36 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

My daughter tested our cat last week and I had to tell him to isolate. He told me to fuck off. 🤪

Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 19, 2021 10:45 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

😂

jubal hershaw
jubal hershaw
Dec 20, 2021 1:40 AM

On Sydney TV last night we’d another of those Virus-themed movies. Plenty of action. Big Climax in Samoa (In the ‘news’ lately).
The Virus had been injected into a young woman to incubate then, after a while, burst out, spread rapidly around the world, wipe out all humans (except The Select).
The Heroes made a device that purified the young woman’s blood by extracting all traces of The Virus…Happy Ending.
Germ Theory propaganda as entertainment. How do you defeat entertainment ?

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 20, 2021 6:54 AM
Reply to  jubal hershaw

I have spent two years feeling like I am trapped in a bad Robin Cook novel with Jefferson Airplanes ”White Rabbit” on continual loop as I watch sheep and assorted morons telling themselves idiot childish camp fire ghost stories behind their face nappies.

Terrestrial
Terrestrial
Dec 19, 2021 7:10 PM
Reply to  Spencer

There is no ‘we’. If you know that the whole operation is a scam (there is no virus, there are poisons, but there is no virus), you could decide to stop complying and not take the jab even when it is compulsory to take it.

gordan
gordan
Dec 19, 2021 7:50 PM
Reply to  Spencer

on the radio yesterday tobias ellwood said something
he said boris needs to up his game pull his finger out get a grip
as this situation is here for another 2 years

2 weeks to flatten the curve

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:37 PM
Reply to  gordan

Isn’t Tobias Elwood 77th? Or is that bs?

Tony Maroni
Tony Maroni
Dec 19, 2021 10:46 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

Yes, a reservist. He’s probably called on when the bullshit really need to be ramped up.

gordan
gordan
Dec 19, 2021 10:47 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

yes
also
g4s and serco man

Mr Y
Mr Y
Dec 19, 2021 8:04 PM
Reply to  Spencer

“I have serious questions: So if the vaccine is no longer an exit strategy, how do we exit?”

Revolution?

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Dec 19, 2021 11:01 PM
Reply to  Spencer

There is no “exit strategy.” There’s only the Great Reset.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Dec 20, 2021 6:10 AM
Reply to  Spencer

Did they first ask permission?
If they are UK citizens they are free its up to other countries to decide for themselves.
Shove the Media Wordgame up your arse, “mandate” “Vaccine” “Jab” “Spread” “Surge”..err hang on I’ve forgotten the rest….
…oh..what the fuck is a “protest”? Its called A Demonstration, a “demo” with common folk.

Sean o braonain
Sean o braonain
Dec 19, 2021 4:47 PM

Very beautiful. Thank you Edward. Food for thought.. Food for love 🎶

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 19, 2021 4:10 PM

John Coleman says WEST SIDE STORY was deliberately crafted to push a narrative that cities were full of dangerous rival gangs. That narrative was parked for a while then revived in the 1980s about L.A. Dennis Hopper was in a film that pushed that and Hopper supposedly admitted he’d been CIA on his death bed.

The original WEST SIDE STORY was directed by Robert Wise. Also on Wise’s filmography are films like GAME OF DEATH, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and STAR TREK: THE MOVIE. Nothing at all dubious about any of them! Wise’s first film CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE is about a traumatised child in a disassociative state. Even THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a remake of a German film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner – and he directed the infamous Nazi euthanasia film. Wise started out in the business working for RKO when it was owned by Howard Hughes (another known intelligence asset) and learnt his craft under Orson Welles (Mercury Theatre, War of the Worlds etc) and mysterious Russian emigre Val Lewton. WEST SIDE STORY’s star Natalie Wood died in extremely suspicious circumstances.

An asset like Spielberg doesn’t remake a film at random, there’s something about the story that attracted him. If it’s nothing of what I’ve highlighted so far, maybe it’s the Shakespearean angle. Joe Atwill has an interesting theory about ‘Romeo and Juliet’, that the play’s superficial plot makes no sense and it has to be realised that Friar Lawrence isn’t what he seems. Lawrence seems to be helpful and, whoops!, everyone ends up dead. However what if he was orchestrating a hidden revenge on the two leading families through their gullible children? The play takes on a new light then and a more coherent, second layer of plot emerges. Monastic orders had been infiltrated like everything else. The Dominicans have been a particular subject of suspicion – they were known as the black friars and what happened under Blackfriars Bridge in London?

gordan
gordan
Dec 19, 2021 5:25 PM
Reply to  Edwige

zionism is bolshevik and vice versus
satanism upside down downside up
burn it down
the curse of caannan however you spell it

every body nose
the devil has the best lyrics

frankfurt school babrera lerner spector
the protocols of zion

the simple problem is khazar ashkanazim are not semite and can only ever self identify as
schhh you know who

gordan
gordan
Dec 19, 2021 7:45 PM
Reply to  Edwige

good info
ms wood her husband was in a tv series called hart to hart
the voice over in the titles said when the man and the woman met it was murder

and so it goes

when christopher walken met natalie wood
for husband robert it was murder

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:42 PM
Reply to  gordan

I’ve often thought the sheer amount of shows on TV about murder are just not representative of society.

gordan
gordan
Dec 19, 2021 10:51 PM
Reply to  Blind Gill

true
but it presents banking hollywoodland the music and tv industries well
all real murder inc
only it is called ritual sacrifice

susan mullen
susan mullen
Dec 19, 2021 11:41 PM
Reply to  gordan

Hart to Hart starred Stephanie Powers with Robert Wagner.

gordan
gordan
Dec 20, 2021 12:22 PM
Reply to  susan mullen

robert wagner and christopher walken and natalie wood on a boat

walken was doing them both

when they fell out it was murder

jubal hershaw
jubal hershaw
Dec 20, 2021 1:27 AM
Reply to  Edwige

“Suspicion” – sung by Elvis the Pelvis… Though i prefer the Terry Stafford 1960’s version.
“Suspicion, torments my heart.
:Suspicion, keeps us apart.
Suspicion ! Why torture Me !”
Somewhere in Europe during WW2 there was a village where Jews lived happily with their non-Jew neighbours, were integrated into the social fabric – where they’d all lived together in ‘harmony’ for centuries.
Then one day the non-Jews rounded up their Jewish friends and neighbours, herded them with pitchforks into a large barn, then set the barn on fire, Cleansing the village, cleansing themselves of (?). Their action is inexplicable. Though there was a local NAZI official, he had not ordered, directed, nor participated in the event.
If friends and neighbours can turn like that without any apparent coercion, imagine how easily vaxxed strangers will turn on the unvaxxed, to ‘cleanse’ their society.

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Dec 19, 2021 3:51 PM

I get the TCM channel too.

Howard
Howard
Dec 19, 2021 3:34 PM

The Hollywood fantasy of striving for something better, be it by Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” or James Steward in “It’s A Wonderful Life” or Gary Cooper in the great “They Came to Cordura” or any number of other “old” movies seems to have given way to the ultra fantasy striving of the X-Men and Batman and so forth.

Take away message: Real People do not strive except simply to stay alive. Only Super Heroes strive – and succeed.

But it too was inevitable that Heroes should give way to Super Heroes.

Edith
Edith
Dec 19, 2021 6:39 PM
Reply to  Howard

Oh I thought the Hollywood fantasy was to implant notions for easy game later….guide the narrative with ease…

a friend of mine who worked there always laughs that his designed creatures of Star Wars and ET have become the accepted norm of what aliens would look like etc…and no doubt many think they actually exist…

guess there is little wonder we could shut down whole economies on the notion of a little round ball covered in spikes being out to get us after the years of Hollywood fantasy…

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 19, 2021 7:22 PM
Reply to  Edith

I’ve often thought about how like each other all the ‘artists’ impressions’ of aliens are.

H. G. Wells actually did a pretty imaginative and original job of describing one in “War of the Worlds”.
Then all the flying saucers and the Boswell Incident nonsense started . . .

Hollywood is still like that today. If anybody does anything creative at all (which is rare), after only a year you get the cheap copies and the identical facial expressions on all the characters.

Any decent artist would be ashamed.

Blind Gill
Blind Gill
Dec 19, 2021 10:48 PM
Reply to  wardropper

The things I have learned this last two years – but finding out that HG Wells was a eugenicist and globalist was stand out.

jubal hershaw
jubal hershaw
Dec 20, 2021 12:55 AM
Reply to  Edith

The more human-like the aliens are, the scarier. It’s easy to off-handedly kill strange looking other intelligent lifeforms (think octopus-like Martians) than those who look similar to Us. (probably the reason Mr Icke claims Queen Lizzie is a Lizzard > he has ambivalent feelings, and hates and fears Her…. Dr Freud’s Diagnosis > The Lizzard Queen reminds David of his mother. His long slithering fork-tongued Mother)…
The more an alien looks human, the more we project all our unconscious feelings onto them. So we know from “go” – we cant Trust Them ! WE Know They Mean Us Harm.

Howard
Howard
Dec 20, 2021 3:49 AM
Reply to  Edith

No, I don’t think Hollywood became franchise obsessed until TV became a competitive threat.

In old movies, you see the same themes over and over, but in a different setting. In new movies, you see the same characters over and over, but in a new setting. Big difference.

I realize Hollywood is seen as little more than a CIA asset; but it is above all else a business venture. And the costlier movies become, the more fearful the “suits” become; so they take no chance on originality.

As an aside, I think I’m one of the few people on earth who absolutely loathes the Star Wars crap – even though I’m an avid Sci-Fi fan. “Forbidden Planet” still puts them all to shame, both story wise and special effects wise.