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Posted on May 8 at 4:14 p.m.

Would you believe that once upon a time there were abbreviated movies called soundies? You could see Dorothy Dandridge, for example, in duet with Louie "Satchmo" Armstrong, the Mills Brothers, the Dandridge Sisters, among many other acts.

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Posted on April 28 at 8:53 a.m.

This is just exciting news coming from the academic world! But does this type of program go far enough? What about junior high school, as once it was called? And what efforts will be made to pull the student of low income (mightn't the church be incorporated as support to such students off campus, of course?) background into the mix?

Not to worry! I'm sure the educators intend to cast the net as wide as possible and as early as possible to see that no student is left behind. This is indeed exciting news! Would that I could start it all over!

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Posted on April 25 at 1:38 p.m.

@Botany, the theme is serious. Yet I found myself laughing out loud at your script! But, yes, first things first?

On Saving Hes and Shes

Posted on April 20 at 9:45 a.m.

How timely! It's been no more than a half hour ago that I watched Fareed Zakaria interview Simon Schama of Columbia University and author of "The Story of the Jews." Professor Schama addressed similar themes in a very interesting colloquy with Zakaria.

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Posted on April 18 at 11:49 a.m.

@Dou4...I am thinking the same thing. As for the role, I have always thought Helena Bonham Carter, now in her late 40s, should be the one to essay the role of Clark, with the plot line and conflicts unfolding as in Shandean commentary, e.g., commentary on her relationship with Hadassah Perry, a nurse and seeming alter ego, relatives, and manipulative lawyers. I thought the plot development in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" through a series of letters read by Celie, the central character, was most effective.

On Who should play Huguette Clark in the newly announced movie?

Posted on April 16 at 9:05 a.m.

Many accept her life as a glimpse into life in a Gilded Age that started in 1870. Sadly, her life was not unique. That Age is studded with such tales of the unhappy but super wealthy people. Before he retired, Stephen Birmingham did an interesting sketch of women of high means in a book called "The Grande Dames." All the profiles are studies in the way sudden, gigantic wealth impacts the lives, often tragically, of otherwise ordinary people. The mysterious Arabella Duval Huntington, she of the Huntington Library in San Marino and wife of Senator Henry E. Huntington, for example, was one such person.

As to the "housekeeper," the biography I read stated that she was actually part of a team rightly called visiting nurses. But for all practical considerations, she comes across more as a personal assistant. Whatever. The author later informed his readers that the courts had rescinded the inheritance given the nurse, who subsequently was ordered to repay any amount she had acquired.

In contrast to your impressions of one of the charter members of the Gilded Age, I still find myself intrigued by their lives and how these very people impacted the course of American industry and democracy. It's an old text now, but I felt Kevin Phillips did a slam dunk with his profile of such a period in "Wealth and Democracy."

On Clark Story May be a Movie

Posted on April 15 at 4:34 p.m.

@Bill...The cynical "politically correct" is in the same semantic bag as "I'm gonna be honest" in that nothing positive ever follows, only some kind of verbal ICBM about to be launched at a target. Bored? Hardly. Obsessed? Never! I'm just a student of language. And you do post copiously, therefore standing out as if in bas relief!

On Petty or Prejudice?

Posted on April 15 at 9:55 a.m.

@EastBeach...We're on board the same semantic ship. I see it as a dog whistle!

On Petty or Prejudice?

Posted on April 15 at 8:49 a.m.

@Bill...You write cynically "...and while I normally do not bend to 'political correctness', (I still say 'Black' not 'African-American..." Are you opening yourself up to other retrograde categories? For example, how do you approach the current title, "gay," for homosexual, then? Your reasoning would lead me to believe you avoid saying "gay," since it has nothing to do with being merry. Then, too, what is your approach to a new category in anthropology, "Native American"? Again, your semantic tradition would fall back on the equally incorrect "Indian," would it not? But I, too, am unwilling to bend in small measure to some updates, calling actresses "actors," for example. Can you imagine calling Marilyn Monroe or Betty Grable "actors"? Calling Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta or Alpha Phi, "female fraternities"?

Bill, if I may? I have read you over and over. And this much seems true about your posts. The tone as to themes African American is symptomatic of someone who has a personal battle going on. After all, you have previously stated your mother being "dark," as I remember, and something about her having been confused by Swedish neighbors as being "black."

Now let me cut to the chase. Are you being honest with yourself? After all, some of us on these threads have some insights into social behavior and themes. And the tone of your posts on the question of color is ambivalent to say the least.

On Petty or Prejudice?

Posted on April 14 at 3:37 p.m.

Could one of the means to containing this dreaded pulmonary disease be to require all homeless shelter populations to be tested by public health officials before admittance? No proof of having been tested, no admittance!

On Health Officials Work to Contain Tuberculosis Outbreak

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