Wednesday, November 26, 2008

High Praise!

This morning, I received a very nice email praising my recent review of a Hank Williams collection. The writer added that he had linked to the review from his blog, called A Hank Williams Journal. I checked out the blog and found that not only had he linked to my review, he wrote that 
A blogger known as Citizen K has written the best review of “Hank Williams The Unreleased Recordings” that I have read yet.

I’m including in this opinion the articles written in major national and international publications which I posted links to in an earlier post.
Wow! Talk about making my day! Anyway, check out A Hank Williams Journal. A great place to start is the two-part entry about Williams and Leonard Cohen, here and here...

OK, enough about me. This morning, Barack Obama held his third press conference in three days. As usual, he was poised, confident, and articulate. Among other things, he gave the right answer to a question about why he has turned to veterans of the Clinton Administration for part of his economic team. Obama reminded the questioner that this was the only Democratic administration since 1980 and that he was hardly going to keep on members of the current administration. Obama added, correctly, that had he not looked to experienced Democrats, he'd be criticized for the lack of expertise on the team. Then he got to the real point, which is that Barack Obama will be president, not the members of his team, and that he will set direction. Obama added that he wanted a mix of experience and new blood to advise him and that he had gotten just that...

Listening to Obama, I wondered how George Bush was taking all of this. Whatever delusions Bush may hold about the vindication of history, he knows that the country repudiated him. And as far as his replacement is concerned, Bush can't invoke the "majesty of the office" stuff, and has to deal with Obama as peer. And even the stunted, entitled mind of George Bush must have figured out that his successor is in every way his intellectual superior. I'll say this much: Watching Obama in action is a reminder of the great extent to which Bush has been in over his head. People aren't missing that, either...

Speaking of people in over their heads, don't miss today's Doonesbury (click to enlarge):


Then there's this TV ad -- apparently on the level -- slated to run today in Alaska and cable outlets:



What can you say? It's like watching an episode of Green Acres, only minus the comparative drollery...

9 comments:

Sylvia K said...

That's so cool! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Molly The Dog said...

Regarding your Hank Williams review, I've told you, you could be a music reviewer.

I saw Obama's conference too and also thought he did a great job answering that question. I kept thinking how thankful I am this Thanksgiving that he will be in charge.

What a totally bizarre Palin ad. Are you SURE that's not a parody? I think I'll have moose for Thanksgiving.

Rastamick61 said...

Great doonesbury K. I heard this Palinism on the radio in between Randi Rhodes' bellylaughs, snorts and howls and I really wondered too if it was real. Conrats on the HW recognition. I am sure he'd never have sung any John McCain songs like his chucklehead kid did. Kinda like the y say in teechur college : You got caught being good ! Enjoy the Holiday.
S.

K. said...

Molly, Rasta--

I found out about it via the blog Draft Sarah Palin for VP. They take the ad very seriously, and think it long overdue. The sponsoring PAC is the real wingnut deal, too.

HelenWheels said...

K., that video is pure comedy gold. What makes it most brilliant is that it is naturally so close to parody. You just never see the obvious punchline or "tell" ... which for me makes it even creepier, but also funnier. I guess I can't describe it as well as I'd like.

Congrats on the appreciation on your reviewing capabilities! I myself enjoyed your Pollack review, and think you definitely have a lot of talent in that area.

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family and friends!

:)

OK this is too funny - my word verification is "fritter"

How dare it suggest I waste time??

Foxessa said...

Lovely news re your Hank Williams review!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Daresay all the politico comix are thrilled that spln is the gift that keeps giving material ....

The Doonsbury that has most moved me in a while is last week's Senator Lacey memorial via 'Grammy's' recollections. There was so much going on in that arc -- starting with making a video documentary on the telephone. Woo.

Love, c.

K. said...

C., my father is fond of saying that Garry Trudeau is a national treasure. The Lacey Davenport series was him at his best: Outwardly simple but actually a very complex interweaving of generational continuity and outlooks. Alex, her grandmother, and the memory of a woman old enough to be Joanie's grandmother...wow!

Ima Pissdov said...

Yes, congrats on the recognition of your superb writing/reviewing abilities. I, too loved the Pollock review...you're a natural!
It's a joy to read your blog everyday!

rosemary foxglove said...

That Palin video. I...I...I watched in morbid horror. K, you bastard, you've ruined my sleep for tonight.