Got to shake my head at the Education Department of the State of New York, even if this sign was just at a Thruway rest stop. You’ll probably want to enlarge this one in order to read it. We don’t recall such a use of the word “pacify” since the 1970s when the US military used to say that bombed Vietnamese villages had been “pacified.” And those “troubled” settlers, as if they were teenagers going through the throes of adolescence, “Gee, Officer Krupke!” And omitting that the mills and tanneries that “used timber and bark from the forests,” were enabled by enslaved people who dragged the timber from the mountains down to the scenic Hudson River. Ain’t nature wonderful!
Imagine please: A working class uprising. The lower classes are starving. They demand the right to eat. They want access to the great stores of grain that have been won in the recent war, confiscated from the enemy, but withheld from the peasants. And so begins the most class-conscious play that Shakespeare ever wrote, called Coriolanus.
Click on the triangle above or mp3 link to hear our commentary on Coriolanus, as broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program, heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation
This handsome guy is a Great Kiskadee which is the national bird of Costa Rica. You can’t miss it, because even if you can’t see it, you’ll hear it’s call, “KISS-KA-DEE.” It caused some havoc, though, one afternoon, when he flew into our hotel room via the terrace sliding glass door, and started flapping around our room! It got really worrisome when he saw himself in the wardrobe mirror and started attacking the mirror. Fortunately, we finally managed to get him to fly back out, and he seemed okay.
An unexpected visitor to our hotel. Both the males and the females have this same extraordinary plumage, and they live 40-50 years in the wild. They must like the way they look because they are monogamous!
Monday morning, Bossa Nova goodness with Martina DaSilva and Josh Turner. Martina is a native Portuguese speaker, but Josh also got props in his YouTube comments for his excellent Portuguese pronunciation.