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March 20, 2008


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Witold Rybczynski reviews some recent attempts at impressive new downtown libraries.

* Bruce Grossman loves that new Charles Willeford reprint.

* Michele Somerville thinks that what school kids need most is more gym.

* David Pogue flips for the Flip.

* Are European women better lays than American women? MBlowhard response: How I wish I knew ...

* Clio puts in a good word for pacifism.

* Dr. Michael Eades explains the thinking behind the low-carb diet.

* This certainly has to be one of the more heavily-commented-on -- or at least enthusiastically-commented-on -- blogpostings in recent history. You go, self-pleasuring post-Riot grrls.

* Richard S. Wheeler thinks that novelists who write about the American West should pay more attention to water issues.

* Science looks closely into the question of when and whether to stretch. Before a workout? After a workout? At all? And science concedes defeat.

* Yummy or Yucky writes amusingly and appreciatively about two trustworthy pleasure-givers: galangal and lemongrass.

* Some downtown Woodstock stores prompt reflections about "the hippie philosophy" from Shouting Thomas.

* Lester Hunt raves about the movie version of "Persepolis."

* The brilliant young designer Maria Wagner of A Swiss String (NSFW) -- whose punkette micro-swimsuits I raved about back here -- predicts that the g-string and the thong will make comebacks in 2008. I hadn't been aware they'd gone away. Still, I'm feeling more cheerful about the year already. Fun to learn that Maria is one of the girls modeling the A.S.S. swimsuits. Go to this page and search her out.

* Fred Himebaugh speaks up in praise of minor-league sports. Boy, am I with him on that.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I gabbed about some enjoyable erotic movies here.



posted by Michael at March 20, 2008


I used to be relatively diligent about stretching at the gym but pretty much stopped doing so a couple of years ago. Hasn't made much of a difference.

Posted by: Peter on March 20, 2008 10:22 PM

Thanks for the plug, Michael.

In my defense, I only live in Woodstock part time. The rest of the time, I'm in New York City, New Jersey and wherever else gigs take me.

My house is so isolated in the woods atop a mountain that I can rehearse my bands and nobody notices. When a car actually passes by on the road, I walk over to the window to take a look.

Although the snow has melted completely at lower elevations, I still have six foot drifts in the front yard.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on March 21, 2008 8:51 AM

I have to confess, I am all thonged and g-stringed out. Nowdays, nothing can match the appeal of a pair of granny panties, on a pretty young girl of course.;)

Posted by: Thursday on March 21, 2008 9:40 AM

I didn't realize that Richard S. Wheeler has his own blog now. Yay!

Posted by: Lester Hunt on March 21, 2008 9:51 AM

Not sure what ST's take is on hippies. My take is that hippies are a hairsbreadth away from criminals. When I used to walk around The Village, back in the days before gentrification, when it was the capitol of hippiedom, the sense I always got was: there's a criminal vibe about this place. And I don't think I was wrong. ST says they reject the corporate lifestyle. The fact is they reject any lifestyle that requires sustained effort. There's a Russian proverb: the poet always cheats his boss. Well, like artists (with the rarest of exceptions), hippies are shocked, shocked, that a livelihood isn't handed to them and they never stop trying to steal a livelihood from the squares. Which is the definition of the criminal. Okay, rant over.

Posted by: ricpic on March 21, 2008 3:27 PM

Woodstock has been populated by hippies for forty years or so, before that it was populated by beatniks and even earlier by bohemians and folks in the Arts & Crafts movement. As a result Woodstock has a unique character rather than being just another Anytown, USA ... with subdivisions full of generic architecture and strip malls filled with Bed, Bath & Beyond, The GAP, et al. The nasty idiot hippies and their forefathers & foremothers managed, with their asinine liberal, eco-conscious ways, to keep the natural attributes of the woods and mountains intact rather than bulldozing them all in the name of progress. For these reasons ST can travel to NYC or wherever to service his clients and return to woods on the mountain with the snow drifts and rehearse his band at full volume without getting a cease & desist order from the middle management dude living in the McMansion next door. The town is apparently a great place to live and attracts tourists because it ISN'T Anytown (from whence the tourists come.) And all those foolish potters, cabinetmakers, "fiber artists" and the like keep alive the arts and crafts that MB (for example) so loves from the pre-modernist era.

So the question is, why does ST appear to so loath the very folks who created the town he seems to love?

In other threads ST has wondered why today's men don't return to the values and lessons they learned from their fathers. My father was one of those young men who went off to WW II out of a sense of duty and patriotism. He had medical issues severe enough that not even the Army would take him, so he got himself into the Seabees and served in the Pacific. After the war he went to college on the G.I. Bill and became a teacher. He taught American History & Civics. He earned a few extra bucks teaching immigrants who were on the path to citizenship. Among the lessons he taught me, back in the Fifties, was, whenever possible, to buy local. He insisted we support local businesses even if things cost a few bucks more ... and, believe me, we hadn't any cash to spare, not on a public school teacher's salary. Maybe ST's dad taught him to f**# caring about the local storeowner, it's better to buy from the discounter a few towns away because every nickel saved is a nickel earned; look out for #1. Different set of traditonal values I guess.

As for ricpic's comments, it seems to me he must not know many real artists or "hippies" ... most of them are (for want a better way of putting it) hard working entrepreneurs. They aren't looking for something for nothing. They might bitch a bit about why some other artist gets a sale when they don't or want some recognition for their talent that they feel they aren't getting, but isn't that true of the office drone as well? Don't we all have a need for validation? Most of them not only create their art, but then need to deal with all the business side of the equation as well. If they're criminals, then Sam Walton, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates should be in the top ten of Public Enemies.

rant over.

Posted by: Chris White on March 21, 2008 5:06 PM

It's probably too late for Chris to read my comments. I've been very busy, so I haven't read this thread.

Where, in any of my statements do I say "fuck" local businesses, or that I loathe hippies, or that I hate Woodstock?

I don't feel any obligation to shop at local businesses, I don't share hippie values, and I don't hate Woodstock. These are much more neutral, less volatile emotions and motivations that Chris has attributed to me.

Where did you get this stuff, Chris? You are an extreme leftist. This is one of the dishonest, hysterical tactics of extreme leftists.

What you might better ask is: How is it that I came to live in Woodstock? It's an interesting story.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on March 23, 2008 10:59 AM

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