Great Expectations

To the tune of The Ballad of Jed Clampett (“The Beverly Hillbillies” theme song.) Come and listen to the story of a boy named Pip Poor little orphan who was something of a drip Then one night he was staying up late When a convict told him, “Your ‘specations are great.” Cash, that is. Moolah.Continue reading “Great Expectations”

Zombies on my Shoulder

Zombies in the graveyard make me fearful, Zombies ’round the farmhouse make me sigh Zombies munching mommy make me angry Zombies in the mall can make me die. If I had a gun that I could give you I’d give to you a gun that’s just like mine If I had a torch that IContinue reading “Zombies on my Shoulder”

A Special Hell

So there I was, listening to The Dinner Party on NHPR, specifically Episode 243: Pharrell, Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen, and Much MØ , where we learn of musical ice cream, a Broadway show called “The Moose Murders” (that closed after one performance) expressed in the form of a cocktail, and Stonehenge. But that isn’tContinue reading “A Special Hell”

The Supernatural Found

Today let’s look at the 1950 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Hillbilly Hare” (widely available on DVD). Leaving aside the very 1950s attitudes toward the South and toward rural poverty, this cartoon is best known for its long Square Dance sequence. It has also been extensively censored for its violence. But what do we notice? Bugs BunnyContinue reading “The Supernatural Found”

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