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Archive for June 12th, 2012

The famous self-portrait

The famous self-portrait

When she was a child Flannery O’Connor began drawing. Although most of us are familiar with her self portrait, few have seen any of her other art. These mostly consist of the cartoons that she did for school papers in high School and college, mostly using linoleum block prints. It isn’t hard to see the affinity with her fiction; in either medium the emphasis is on the grotesque:.

 

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“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

So spoke the Nobel Committee as it decided to pass the prestigious Peace Prize to President Obama after just ten months in the job. He said the award was going to be “a call to action” and was being used “to give momentum to a set of causes” that he, at the time, embodied.

As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, he has done little to live up to the terms of the award. The conflict in Afghanistan, which the UN estimates has killed nearly 12,000 civilians so far, continues under his watch. He has overseen the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay, which he pledged to close within the first year of his Presidency, and which still houses 172 inmates. He has brought the conflict in Iraq to an end, but only after the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqi civilians, and with the country still divided and war-torn. Now he is personally approving targets for a covert drone operation in Pakistan which has killed an estimated 27 people in the last three days alone.

More on Obama’s legacy, from Chris Pleasance, here.

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A young Jorma Kaukonen

A young Jorma Kaukonen

This is a tune from the 1967 Jefferson Airplane album Surrealistic Pillow, though it was composed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen in 1962. How the Airplane, one of most vital and passionate bands of the time, morphed into the godawful Jefferson Starship is one of life’s great mysteries. Fortunately Mr Kaukonen had abandoned ship and formed Hot Tuna by the time that had happened. Anyway, this has always been one of my favorite acoustic guitar solos:

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