The End of Literary Culture (Part 1)
Hail Mary / Gentle Woman

More Anniversaries

I've always know that Veterans' Day, November 11, originated as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I, and was later expanded to include all war veterans. So I was mildly surprised when I noticed some discussions indicating that a lot of people had never heard of Armistice Day. I wonder how long it will be before most people no longer remember the American significance of December 7: Pearl Harbor Day. It was very much part of my consciousness, growing up in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Now the veterans are in their 80s and their children are entering their 60s. I'm musing again on that phenomenon of living memory. These memories don't have that much longer to live. Here is an interesting set of day-after reactions to the attack.


Happy Birthday to Tom Waits. He's 61. Here are a couple of songs from Mule Variations. The first one is sort of sad. The second one is heartbreaking, so don't say I didn't warn you. But if you choose to watch it, pay close attention to the teddy bear at the end, because he has the answer to the question asked by the song. The volume on both of these is rather low. I had to turn my speakers up a good bit. 




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