Grady’s Gone

August 19, 2017

Dick Gregory, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and social justice activist, just left us.

Back in the 60s, before he played the character Grady on Sanford and Son, Gregory primarily did stand-up. He was part of a wave of iconoclastic African-American comedians who swept into the limelight–among them Flip Wilson, Godfrey Cambridge, Richard Pryor–somewhere in the space between Redd Foxx (crude, crass, brash and definitely dirty) and Bill Cosby (leaning towards cozy and ultimately way too clean). Gutsy and witty and politically incorrect before it became politically correct to be politcally incorrect, Gregory enjoyed the distinction of being both controversial and a hot property. He played Playboy Clubs and got his name on FBI watch lists. And even Carlin stole from him.

There is an empty space in the world of laughter and enlightenment on Earth now. But there’s one helluva ticket at the Pearly Gates Laughter Lounge–I like to imagine. With Pryor and Carlin and Robin Williams headlining, and Groucho as the MC.

Gregory will be missed, and remembered.


Dresses by Charles Addams

July 24, 2017


We’re Fucked

July 18, 2017

In too many ways to count, now that a minority of Americans have successfully reaffirmed their delusional, blinded faith in the Almighty Businessman, but we’re especially fucked on healthcare. The Clintonian crypto-fascist Right wing of the Democratic Party–when not busy concocting nonsense about Russia to explain away how their own favorite flavor of fascist predictably lost to a barely house-trained orangutan in a suit–is desperately attempting to protect its own preferred set-up to insure for-profit, private health insurance providers–legislation known popularly as Obamacare or the ACA (the Affordable Care Act, shortened from the official “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”)–from the depredations of Trumpcare, the “alternative” to Obamacare/Romneycare currently being hatched in the fetid bowels of Congressional Republicans. Yep. Fucked.

Fuck Me William

The focus of the Establishment Democratic Party narrative–save the ACA!–however has kept the only genuine solution to America’s healthcare woes–namely Medicare for All/single-payer–in the background at best. The American people need to move it to the foreground.

Married to the Sea, one of the outré online comic sites that I frequent, with it’s usual bleakly humorous take on life in general, has also been uncharacteristically–synchronistically?–topical of late.


Guess what? More Bernie Sanders . . .

February 6, 2016

On Saturday Night Live . . .


The 2,000 Year Old Man in His 80s

November 13, 2012

2000 Year Old Man

Mel Brooks: ‘The only weapon I’ve got is comedy’” is an interview at Salon.com, conducted by Stephen Deusner, marking the release of a new set of DVDs collecting a mass of hard-to-find Brooks material, both audio and video. In the interview Brooks recalls times with Alfred Hitchcock, Madeline Kahn and others–many now gone–with whom he has worked in his career. But he still gets together with Carl Reiner every other day to talk over the hazards of fried food and the merits of nectarines.


Fine Lines Between Pop Fantasy and Photographic “Realism”

October 28, 2012

Hovering somewhere between M. C. Escher’s confabulations of line and reality and whimsical cartoon satire of emerging world popular culture, Ben Heine’s hybrid of photographs and pencil drawings are a fascinating and illuminating stare . . .

Here.

And here.


Good Advice Perhaps . . .

June 7, 2012

Don't Smoke Weed

From Married to the Sea.