BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

BUMPER STICKERS
 
 
Keep America beautiful -- eat a beer can.
 
**
 
Support your President; burn a copy of the Constitution.
 
 (during the second term of George W. Bush; today more
applicable than ever)
 **
 
God Made Us Sisters; Prozac Made Us Friends
      
  My Mother Is a Travel Agent for Guilt Trips
 
     Senior Citizen: Give Me My Damn Discount
      
      (Spotted on a passing motorcycle)
       If You Can Read This, My Wife Fell Off
 
Veni, Vedi, Visa: I Came, I Saw, I Did a Little Shopping
 
       What If the Hokey Pokey Is Really What It's All About?
 
       Coffee, Chocolate, Men; Some Things Are Just Better Rich
 
       Gravity...It's Not Just a Good Idea. It's the Law
    
       If You Want Breakfast in Bed, Sleep in the Kitchen
      
           If at First You Don't Succeed, Skydiving Isn't for You
    
       The Trouble With the Gene Pool Is That There's No Lifeguard
 
     Get a New Car for Your Spouse.  It'll Be a Great Trade
      
       Wanted:  Meaningful Overnight Relationship
      
       Anything Not Worth Doing Is Not Worth Doing Well
 
       A Day Without Sunshine is Like Night
  
       First Things First, but Not Necessarily in That Order
  
          Old Age Comes at a Bad Time
      
       In America, Anyone Can Be President.      
 
You're just jealous because the voices only talk to ME.
  
       BEER: It's not just for breakfast anymore.
  
    So you're a feminist...Isn't that cute.
    
   I need someone real bad... Are you real bad?
    
        BEAUTY is in the eye of the beer holder.
   

 The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.
 
          
       NEBRASKA: At least the cows are sane.
      
       God must love stupid people...He made so many.
 
      Smile, it's the second best thing you can do with your lips.
  
       I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
    
              It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
 

        Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  
 Always remember you're unique... Just like everyone else.
 
         HONK ... If You Want To See My Finger
 
 
        God is my co-pilot, but the Devil is my bombardier.
    
I don't have a license to kill. I have a learner's  permit.
 
 
       Taxation WITH representation isn't so hot, either!
    
      Who were the testers for Preparations A through G?
      
       Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.
 
       5 days a week my body is a temple. 
      bThe other two, it's an amusement park.
      
       EARTH FIRST!  -We'll strip-mine the other planets later.
 
 
       Save the whales! Trade them for valuable prizes.
 
 
        My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her ...
         or something like that.
 
         Sure you can trust the government! Just ask 
          an Native American!
 
       Alcohol and calculus don't mix. Never drink and derive.
 
          Nature always bats last.
 
 **
OUTSIDE OF THIS HOUR ON THE SEA
 

Outside of this hour on the sea.
We imagine the Antipodes
Where the sun rises at midnight
&, as Theocritus sd:
“In sleep, every dog dreams of food.”
But when I dream,
I am wandering  in a house
Near the ocean
Where the waves are black & high.
It is my house & not my house ,
& persons inside are quarreling
Because I am late, or early, or lost.
Inside this house,
There is always a room  
I have never known about,
Did not know it existed.
A door opens. Inside is a woman.
She stands with her arms
Folded across her chest,
A sign of  modesty  or diffidence.
“Enter,” she says. “Enter.”
Through a window, the sea surges.
Breaking waves seem to ask:
Why are you here? Where are you?  
Outside of this hour on the sea,
Who am I really?
 
Louis Phillips

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

UNTITLED -- reprinted from SENTENCED by Louis Phillips 
(World Audience Books) Available from Amazon


“I think a good title is obliged to exist at a more primitive 
level than clear exposition can provide.” Norman Mailer
 
      Titles! Without titles, how would we be able to identify 
the books we are reading or wish to read? Titles are to 
authors what naming babies are to parents. And sometimes 
what a problem choosing a title or a name is. I wonder –-
 what did Homer call his  epic poems? Did he originally call 
The Iliad  something catchy, such as  War and No Peace? 
Or was it simply known as  Homer’s Epic?
  Forgive me. I am merely wondering out loud what might 
have been  the first literary Work to bear a title? No matter 
the answer to that question it cannot be denied that giving 
a title to one’s artistic efforts  can be serious business indeed.
   Case in point:  On March 23, 1967, Norman Mailer wrote 
a letter to Walter Minton of Putnam’s Publishing House 
in which the author  defends the choice of a title for 
his book –--Why We Are in Vietnam:
  
I think the title will end up working for us. The blurb can 
start out  right away by saying, “Everyone who hears the 
title thinks that Norman Mailer a political article or a novel 
about Vietnam, but as you will soon discover, Vietnam is 
mentioned only once in the book, and then on the last page. 
Why then the title?   
The author doesn’t say, but one can assume that in this 
scandalous, ribald, hilarious and frightening account of a 
hunting expedition in the Brooks Mountain Range in Alaska 
etc., etc., Norman Mailer is saying, ‘This perhaps is what we 
Americans are like, and this may be one of the reasons we’re 
engaged in such a war.’ Perhaps Mailer is even drawing some 
parallels between the hunting down of animals and…but forget 
about the title, this book is going to knock you on your ass.
 
(see THE SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER, 
edited by J. Michael Lennon Random House, 2014
 
I find that one of the more revealing passages about how
 much weight some titles can bear.
 
     Playwrights too have struggled to express their
 understanding of their own works through the choice
 of a title that might also attract an audience. On March
 11, 2015, Erik Piepenburg wrote an article for the
 New York Times - What I Almost Called My Play: 
 Writers on the  Titles They Didn’t Use. In that article,
 Bathesheba Dawn  explained why she abandoned
 her original title “What  Is Not”:
 
 
I was in the middle of writing the play and I was at a 
gala. I sat next to this lovely lady who said the play 
“Bad Jews” sold out in previews. I never considered 
the idea of a title as a marketing tool, ever. I said, 
“I’m working on a new play and it’s called ‘What Is Not.’ ” 
She held up her hand in front of my face and said: 
“No, don’t do it to yourself! You cannot call your play 
that.” I went to bed and woke up and I turned to my wife 
and said, “I’m going to call it “Love & Sex.” I called 
a friend whom I trust, and she said “ ‘Love & Sex’ is a 
magenta title, but there is nothing magenta a
bout your writing. Your writing is very green, and 
‘The Mystery of Love & Sex’ is dark green.” I never 
doubted it after she said that.
 
 I wonder if Shakespeare did much soul searching 
when it cameto titling his plays for presentation at 
the Globe Theater. Titles such  as Hamlet, Othello, 
and King Lear seem very forthright.Nothing fancy 
there. Playwright Sarah Ruhl has noticed that
 
    Tragedy is often named for the tragic person –
King Lear, Hamlet, Julius Caesar – Whereas comedies 
draw from the world at large -–As you Like It, The 
Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 Tragedy has proper nouns, and comedy has regular 
old nouns that signify the world and the structure of
 the world over and above the  individual.
 
(Sarah Ruhl. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write,
 (Faberand Faber, Inc. 2014)
 
   Perhaps it is also worth noting that comedies, 
because they provide us with a double vision of 
the human situation  –-the discrepancy between 
what we aspire to be and what we 
truly are – sometimes   carry subtitles: Twelfth Night, or  
What You Will.
 
 Of course, authors can be passionate about their titles
 choices, but publishers and financial considerations about
 sales often have a say in the matter. Many readers of  The
Great Gatsby, of course, are familiar with the fact that F.
 Scott Fitzgerald originally  considered calling it Trimalchio
 in West Egg, one title among several that passed through
 his head. It may seem  obvious now that any book called
Trimalchio  in West Egg will not sell very well.
 
Unfortunately, The Great Gatsby didn’t too much for sales
 either. Frequently Fitzgerald would steal into bookstores
 to purchase copies of his own book to improve his  sales’
 record.
 
          Here are a few other original titles for well-known
books (most, I think, for the better):
 
         Twilight – The Sound and the Fury
         The Chronic Argonaut – The Time Machine
         The Sea-Cook – Treasure Island
          Tomorrow is Another Day – Gone With the Wind
          First Impressions --       Pride and Prejudice
          The Village Virus – Main Street
 
       And so on.* Such lists merely show how important 
revising and rewriting and rethinking are. Sometimes  
titles have to be changed because of the pressure of 
current events.  In 2010,


It’s because of Frank Sinatra that we use the phrase 
“Catch-22” today. Well, sort of. Author Joseph Heller 
tried out Catch-11, but because the original Ocean’s 
Eleven movie was newly in theaters, it was scrapped 
to avoid confusion. He also wanted Catch-18, but, again, 
a recent publication made him switch titles
 to avoid confusion: Leon Uris’ Mila 18. The number 22 
was finally chosen because it was 11 doubled.
 
The Book of Lists 2 gives a slightly different version of
 the above story of origin, and James Campbell,
 reviewing Gary Dexter’s Why Not Catch-21? For TLS
 (September 21, 2007) wrote “The title of Dexter’s book
 refers to Joseph Heller’s arithmetic. Conceived as Catch-l8. 
his novel sank to Catch 11, caught up a bit by becoming 
Catch l4, before making the decisive leap to Catch 22.”
 

But titles being what they are, not all titles are correct and 
some present other problems of interpretation. For example, 
as Christopher Hitchens pointed out in Hitch 22 (a title that
 is itself an allusion to Catch 22) that “ It is characteristic 
of Martin (Amis) to have pointed out that Dickens’ title 
Our Mutual Friend contains, or is, a solecism. One can 
have a common friend but not mutual ones.
    Titles are sometimes misinterpreted. For example,
Colin Fleming  once had a professor who believed
 that the impressive titular number of 20,000  Leagues
 Under the Sea referred  to oceanic depth, rather than
 distance traveled. Many a reader has made the same
 mistake.
 
++
TITLES
 
It’s (QUEEN AND COUNTRY)  a slightly ironic title, obviously, 
and I wanted one which had a bit of a ring that associated it 
with Hope and Glory. And the Queen coming to the throne 
was quite an important part element of the story. Skiving was 
my original title – but I was dissuaded, because Americans 
wouldn’t know the word, and nobody knew how to translate 
it into other languages.
 
John Boorman in Sight and Sound (July, 2015)
 
 
In looking over an autumn catalogue, we came across a series 
of books for young persons in which we were struck by the titles 
When Mother Let Us Help and When Mother Lets Us Cook. We trust 
the series will be extended along these lines. If so, we intend 
to use as gifts for H. 3rd, When Father Lets Me Stoke the Furnace, 
When Father Lets Me Shine His Shoes, and When Father Lets Me
Lend Him Money.
 
Heywood Broun
 
 
 
(Woody) Allen’s working title for Annie Hall was  “Anhedra”  
a term coined by the French psychologist Theodule –Armand 
Ribaud to describe “the inability to experience pleasure from 
actions usually found enjoyable.”
 
Philip Fiens. (??) “Woody’s Blues” in TLS
(October 4, 2013).
 
 
What’s Up, Tiger Lily (the discreet comma was not always in the title)…
New Yorker. “Goings on About Town” (September 3,1973
 
 
I once had a professor who believed that the impressive titular 
number of 20,000  Leagues Under the Sea referred  to oceanic 
depth, rather than distance traveled.
 
   Colin Fleming
 

 
Mr. Inge’s title (THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE TOP STAIRS) 
is meant to suggest that there is inevitably a certain amount 
of darkness ahead for all of us as we climb our weary way to 
Heaven, but his play contains the reassuring message that a 
good many of the terrors infesting the gloom are imaginary and 
that the real ones can usually be defeated if we can only meet 
them hand in hand.
 
Wolcott Gibbs. Reviewing  William Inge’s play
For The New Yorker (December 14, 1957)

 
Why it is an absolute fantasy. Even the title doesn’t exist:
 there is no such reading on a compass as north by northwest.

Alfred Hitchcock
 
 
It is characteristic of Martin (Amis) to have pointed out that 
Dickens’ title Our Mutual Friend contains, or is, a
Solecism. One can have a common friend but not 
mutual ones.
 
Christopher Hitchens. Hitch 22 (a title that is 
a punning reference to Catch 22.
 
 
 Don Juan in Hull
 
  Title of an essay by Clive James  about the poet Philip Larkin
 
**
 
The title of Dexter’s book refers to Joseph Heller’s arithmetic.
 Conceived as Catch-l8. his novel sank to Catch 11, caught up 
a bit by becoming Catch l4, before making the decisive leap 
to Catch 22.
 
James Campbell, reviewing Gary Dexter’s Why Not Catch-21? 
for TLS (September 21, 2007)
 
**
 
SHEILA LEVINE IS DEAD AND LIVING IN
NEW YORK (1975)]
 
If  the title were not meant to be satiric or witty, but merely an 
unerringly accurate description of the film’s content and mood,
 then it is the only thing about the movie that works.
 
William K. Everson in Films in Review (March 1975)
 

 
If you think the title (“A BEAUTIFUL LIFE”) stinks, try the movie.
 
    Anthony Lane
 
**
 
“Now listen, he (Herman Levin) said, “we’ve got to have a title.
 People have to know the name of what they have seen so they 
can tell their friends to go see it!” His logic was irrefutable, 
“Call it anything,” he went on.“you can always change it on 
the road. After all when Oklahoma opened it was Away We Go.” 
“Why don’t we just take the title we dislike the least ,” I suggested. 
There was a collective, apathetic nod. After a brief summary 
of all the candidates, we decided the title we found the least 
indigestible was My Fair Lady, and with a helpless  shrug we 
agreed to it. A few months later we all thought it was brilliant 
-–except Fritz (composer Frederick Loewe), who still liked 
‘fanfaroon.’


Alan Jay Lerner. The Street Where I Live.
 (W.W.Norton Company, 1968). Herman Levin was
The producer of the theater musical My Fair Lady.
 
 When Browning published  series of eight volumes of poems
 in the six years preceding his  marriage, he called them 
Bells and Pomengranates. He thought everyone would 
immediately understand the significance of the title and 
nobody did, Finally he explained  that by “Bells” he meant 
sound and by “Pomengranates” he meant  sense; and that 
the two words together signified the union in good poetry 
of music and meat, or sound and sense.”
 
William Lyon Phelps. Yearbook.
 (New York: The Macmillan Company,1935. P.14.
 
    ON GETTING THE RIGHT TITLE
   FOR A MYSTERY NOVEL
    
     On my Christmas Holiday
     I decided to read a mystery by Brett Halliday --
     Murder and the Married Virgin with Mike Shayne.
    It’s a title I can’t get out of my brain.
 
     LJP
 
**
 
Queenie’s Whim is a title I cannot forget. It is the title of 
a novel I do not expect or want to read. The novel was 
by Rosa Nonchette Carey, whose readers must now be 
fewer than they were.
 
 William Plomer. Electric Delights
 
Some years later, he ( Jeffrey  Farnol) wrote The Amateur Gentleman – a rather curious title, for could there be a professional gentleman?
 
William Lyon Phelps. Yearbook. (New York: The Macmillan Company,1935. P.14.
 
In the reference room of the  old Donnell Library in Manhattan 
there was once a one-volume reference book titled INDEX TO WOMEN. 
It’s a title that gives me great pleasure and one that invokes 
numerous fantasies, The full title is INDEX TO WOMEN OF THE WORLD 
FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN TIMES: BIOGRAPHIES AND PORTRAITS  
by Norma Olin Ireland.
 
Louis Phillips
 
 
He (GORE VIDAL) once joked to me that he meant to call his first memoir An Actor Prepares, cadging the title from Stanislavski. Instead, he called it Palimpsest , ‘a word that no one will no,’ he said. ‘But then it’s a life nobody will know, particularly after reading the book.”
 
Michael Mewshaw. Sympathy For the Devil.
 
 
 
     Why “Dangerous Turns”? Because in many of  my novels 
the characters – family, couple, or  isolated individuals  -- 
suddenly find themselves facing an event that will change 
their destinies. Had I not had Maigret dream of a profession 
that, unfortunately, does not exist, that of “Mender of Destinies.
 
Georges Simenon. – Intimate Memories 
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984)
 
 
 **
MOAT
 
“Man who builds castles in the air; fantasizer,”

Somedays I feel like a toad in mudwort.
But I am at an age now
Where I no longer care
About building castles in the air.
What I worry about now is the moat.

Louis Phillips

BITS & PIECES OFA MISPLACED LIFE-Book Issue

 
“I speak a lot of time working in saloons… I was a kid… 
They paid you and the checks didn’t bounce. I didn’t 
meet any Nobel Prizewinners in saloons but if Francis 
of Assisi was a singer and worked in saloons he would 
have met the same guys.”
 
Frank Sinatra, quoted by Pete Hamill, reported also in 
“Sinatra’s Song”  by John Lahr in  Profiles (The New Yorker, 
November 3, 1997)
**

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survives a Nazi massacre of his entire family along with 20,000 
other Jews. Thrust alone into the forest and the wilderness of war,
 Isaac finds the courage to fight back as a Russian partisan blowing 
up Nazi trains, and finds the passion to fall deeply in love with Anya, 
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 It is a tragic love that transcends religious differences. Many years
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 is tormented herself by doubts about her father’s role as a German 
soldier during the war. Deeply affected by Isaac’s past, she becomes
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EXISTENTIALISM

   Having studied existentialism in an offhand way since 1935, 
I become more and more convinced that its meaning can be 
reduced to the following formulation:
      
Existentialism means that no one else take a bath for
      you.
 
  Delmore Schwartz“Existentialism: The Inside Story
 in The Ego is Always at the Wheel.”

**

  J.D. SALINGER
 
 
      He seemed to regard his literary success as a moral stain,
 It would be hard to think of a contemporary American writer 
whose personal life was more true to the ethos of his fiction.
 
      Michael Greenberg. The New York Review of Books 
(March 15, 2010)
**
MY SECOND RECOMMENDATION

There should be annual  literary award for the wildest, most 
outrageously verbal sleigh-ride work of fiction. 
BACK TO THE WINE JUG would win hands-down!
 It takes a brave author to write a novel in rhyming quatrains
 about Diogenes and Victoria Woodhull (yes, that Victoria Woodhull)
 return from the underworld to wander through Birmingham, 
Alabama, to search for an honest man. Lots of luck! As 
Gloria Steinem may or may not have said: "The Truth will 
set you free, but first it will piss you off. "
      With an unscrupulous  and evil  J. Edgar Hoover in 
hot pursuit of our protagonists, the inventive rhyming plot twists 
& turns.  Should we worry whether comic writers are essential
 workers or not? As for the puns  & general word play, 
if' the author had lived in an earlier age  he would have been 
burned at the stake. 
     Oh Hell, burn him at the stake now in Birmingham and 
be done with him.
 **
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A PAGE RIPPED UNTIMELY
FROM THE CALENDAR OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
 
 
 
When I fall in love with a woman who possesses a Latin face,
Noble carriage, or a figure
Promising, on the calendar of earthly delights
A new holiday,
I  soon discover, unlike  Columbus or Casanova,
She is completely up-to-date,
Contemporaneous with the next century,
Complete with rocket boosters,
Whereas I am wandering, perplexed & lost,
In Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Louis Phillips

BITS &PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

AMERICA/ AMERICANS
 
 
       Mr. Pennhollow is the symbol of something that Americans, 
with their instinctive faith in human perfectibility, have always 
refused to acknowledge. The presence in the world of evil that 
is not accidental or caused by defective environment but is achieved 
by deliberate choice over good; evil that wears the calm and 
self-assurance of the saint.

                     Malcolm Cowley
 
If there is a dirty secret in American life, it is this: The 
real unifying  force in our national cultural and political life, 
beyond skirmishes over ideology, is white identity masked 
as universal, neutral and therefore quintessentially American.
 
Michael Eric Dyson in The New York Times Sunday Review  
(December 18,2016).
Reviewing The Angelic Avengers by Pierre Andrezei 
(pseudonym of t Baroness Karen Blixen)
  
 
The American attitude, man for man, and woman for
woman is coarse, greedy, calculating and insincere. The
intention of every individual; is to get as much as he can. 
And his desire when he gets it is to make as great a show 
as possible in order to belittle and make insignificant the lives 
and aspirations of those whom he finds about him. No, this 
is not a class condition. It is the American temperament.
 
Theodore Dreiser
 

    In my country, instead of asking the artist what makes children  
commit suicide, they go to the Chairman of General Motors and 
ask him. This is true. If you make a million dollars you know all 
the answers.
 
William Faulkner. Quoted in “William Faulkner in Japan” 
by Gay Wilson Allen
 
 
Modern America is a society in which a growing share of income 
and wealth is concentrated in the hands of a small number of people 
and these have huge political influence –in the early stages of the
2016 presidential campaign, around half the contributions came 
from fewer than 200 wealthy families.
 
Paul Krugman. The New York Times (January 1, 2016)
 
 ...
  America is the only country where a significant proportion 
of the population believes professional wrestling is real but 
the moon landing was faked.
 
David Letterman
 
 
Aloness is his (EDWARD HOPPER’S) great theme, symbolizing 
America: insecure selfhoods in a country that is only abstractly
 a nation. “E Pluribus unum,” a magnificent ideal, thuds on “unum”
 every day throughout the land. Only law –we’re a polity of lawyers—
confers unity on the United States, which sensibly be a Balkans 
of regional sovereignties had the  Civil War not been so awful as 
to remove that option…
 
Peter Schjeldahl. “Apart: Edward Hopper’s Solitude” in
 The New Yorker (June 8 & 15, 2020).
 
 
It would be hard to find a neater emblem of
Capitalist America – three minutes of Chekhov
 taken  every day like a pill will strengthen your 
empathy muscles. Science proves it,
 
James Wood in his PEN/HEMINGWAY Keynote address.
 
 ****
America is a nation of liars, and for that reason science fiction has a special claim to be our national literature, as the art form best adapted to telling the lies we like to hear and to pretend we believe.
 
                  Thomas Disch
IF FOX NEWS REPORTED AMERICAN HISTORY
 
By Louis Phillips
 
January 2, 1863. It was reported yesterday morning
on this Network  that President Lincoln supposedly 
issued a Proclamation that promised to free the
Slaves. Today, President Lincoln said that he proclaimed 
no such thing. He says his words were taken out
of context (the Civil War) and that he threatens to sue 
Fake News reporters for libel.  Honest Abe will appear 
on Sean Hannity’s Show  tonight at 8 to set the record
straight.
 
**
 
September 23, 1918 – Sean Hannity today declared that
The so called Spanish Flu Pandemic is a hoax, a
plan set in motion by liberal politicians to make the
the current President  and his Senate supporters look 
like a decisive leaders and thus make Democrats invulnerable 
in the upcoming Congressional election. Fox News is the 
only station to see through the plot to prevent Republicans
 from gaining seats in the Senate.
The so called Flu is nothing more than a common cold.
Senator Warren G, Harding will be on Laura Ingraham’s
Midnight Special at 10 A.M.
 
**
 
November 1 1918 – Sean Hannity says that he never
called the Spanish Flu a hoax. In fact, he said, he
suspected right away that it was a Pandemic.” I knew
It before the President did,” he declared.
 
**
 
 
For all the New Yorkers who fight for the city’s soul
Every day in ways large and small and who never
Forget what a city is.
 
Jeremiah Moss. Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost
Its Soul  (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017)
 
          

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

 
MOVIES

    The easiest movie to  cast and get made is a sexual thriller 
set at a resort location in the tropics. Every movie star wants
a paid vacation, tropical sunshine, swimming in he moonlight. 
Every movie star wants to have real sex on the beach with his co-star.
 
     GUY McELAINE . quoted in Hollywood Animal  by Joe Esterhas
 
 
One always more or less believes to have ‘dreamed’ it when 
one recalls Claudette Colbert bathing in a pool filled with 
asses’ milk at the beginning of DeMille’s ‘Sign of the Cross.”
 
Salvador Dali
 
In the world of 2001, people have become so machinelike 
that the most human character turns out to be a machine –-
that’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come t
o rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, 
it s our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.
 
Nicholas Carr      The Atlantic (July/August 2008)
 
 
Two or three years ago, I had the impression that everything
had already been done, that there was nothing left to do that 
hadn’t been done before. In short, I was a pessimist. Since
Pierrot (Pierre Le Fou) I no longer have this feeling at all.
Yes. one has to film everything, to talk about everything. 
Everything remains to be done.
 
Jean-Luc Godard
 
**
"The commercial cinema is an entertainment or pastime 
for illiterate selves of an up-to-date 'business civilization' 
founded on mammon. The sham naturalism, the trendy 
romanticism, the sentimentality on the one hand with its 
psychological complement -- brutality-- on the other. 
The tinned literature and language and music of the cinema 
have had their big share in the disbasement of the idealistic 
significance of theatrical performance and workmanship."


           Theodore Komisarjewsky
 
 
 
 
There’s a scene in John Maybury’s new film Love is the Devil 
in which Francis Bacon has an orgasm while watching 
Battleship Potemkin. Now that’s what I call a motion picture.
 
    Mark Steyn
 
 
**
 
       I don’t mean to  suggest that film is the source and model  of all 
that is wrong in modern society. But I do think that the world of film, 
which includes those people who are  madly enthusiastic about any 
film, need to examine very carefully what happens in  our minds 
when we watch endless violent imagery and feel no wound or 
repercussions. For one, I am no longer confident that a message has 
not been passed down to several generations, in their bloodstreams, 
in their nervous systems and in their trigger fingers.
 
             David Thomson, See THE INDEPENDENT (October 10,2003), p.4.
 
**
 
Whatever happened to the good, honest practice of sticking 
numerals after a sequel’s title to indicate what number it was 
in the series? I grew up in the days of Jaws 2, Superman III 
and Police Academy 7 and, whatever the shortcomings of 
those pictures, at least you knew where you  stood. Generally 
speaking, the higher the number, the worse the film in question 
was likely to be.
 
     Toby Young, The Spectator, l8 August 2007
 
 
 
 
MOVIE TITLES
 
Can Heironymous Merken Ever Forget Mercy Hummpe and Find True Happiness?

$
 **'




CASTING NEWS
 
 
THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC starring Mary Carr
 
BENT with Clarence Straight
 
THE DEER HUNT with Buck Henry and Fawn Hall
 
THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH -- a musical starring Robert Young, Henny Youngman, Joel Youngblood, with dances choreographed by MIchael Kidd
 
RIP VAN WINKLE with Wayne Sleep
 
VERTIGO with  Dizzy Dean
 
THE PHILATELIST with Terrence Stamp
 
THE LIZZY BORDEN STORY with Buddy Hackett, Emmanuel Axe
 
HUCKLEBERRY FINN with Mickey Rivers and George Raft
 
THE CLYDE BEATTY STORY with  John Cage, Tiger Woods,  Susan Lyons
 
O CALCUTTA! with Max Baer
 
BETRAYAL with Marianne Faithfull
 
K2 with R2D2
 
FANCY PANTS with Roy Acuff


 
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MIA FARROW GETS LOST IN MIAMI AND HER DISAPPEARANCE  IS REPORTED TO THE POLICE
 
Farrow, Mia
For a brief time was MIA
In Mia-
mi. Momma mia!



OF DINING & FRENCH CINEMA
 
As I was eating a souffle'
I thought about
Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout
De Soufflet
 
 
Louis Phillips

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE:POLITICS

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of
government except all the others have been tried.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

COMEBACKS
 
When longtime Boston Mayor James M. Curley was speaking 
during one of his many political campaigns a heckler shouted,
    "I wouldn't  vote for you if you were St. Peter."
 Curley shout back, "If i were St. Peter, you wouldn't be in 
my precinct."
 
from I'll Be Sober in the Morning, edited by Charles Lamb 
(Chsrleston, SC: Frontline Press, Ltd, 2007)

***

DEMOCRACY
 
“Democracy means government by the uneducated, 
while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”
           G.K. Chesterton
 
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, 
more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some 
great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach 
their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned 
by a downright moron."
 
H.L. Mencken 
Notes on Democracy
1926
 
 
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's
 inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
 
Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (1892-1971)
**
ANALOGY:
Betsy De Vos: Public School Education :: Hannibal Lecter: Gourmet Dining
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
 
The three towering geniuses of European culture, Shakespeare, Mozart and Lenardo di Vinci, were not allowed to appear on the euro note as they might, in their separate ways , cause offence; mozart because he was a “womanizer”, Shakespeare, because he wrote The Merchant of Venice, a play judged to be anti-semitic, and Leonardo because he was reported to fancy boys. Now the euro note carries a picture of a rather dull bridge.
 
John Mortimer,  Where There’s a Will
 
 
 
 
POLITICAL THOUGHT
 
From the Renaissance to the eighteenth century,
The impulse behind classic works of political thought was the urge to shape events. Machiavelli wrote to rescue Florence and Italy from internal corruption and external weakness.
Jean Bodin desgned a theory of sovereignity that might rescue France from its wars of religion. The Marian exile of the mid-sixteenth century, and John Locke under Charles II, devised justification for resistence to prevent tyranny.
 
Blair Worden in TLS (August 4,2006)
 

 
POLITICIANS/POLITICS
 
 
No matter how paranoid you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you can imagine.
        William Blum
 
Don’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.
         William Blum
 
 
People used to complain that selling a president was like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys telling you that they really value cleanliness.
 
David Brooks
 

   Somewhere out in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and presides over the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well.
 
  Barbara Bush. College address at Wellsley College on June 1, 1990
 
 
Politics? Politics are just like women: get into them seriously and you’re going to come out looking like an earthworm stepped on by a longshoreman’s boot.
 
Charles Bukowski  in a letter to Gerald Locklin (August 2, 1981)
 
 
Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations. If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend to keep this conflict under operation since they hope to profit from the situation. To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of he bull in the ring, you are changing the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him to obey the cloth.
 
      William Burroughs
 
Journal for the Protection of All Beings (City Lights Bookstore)
 
 
 
…one of the terrible truths of presidential politics: it changes everybody who gets into it, generally for the worse, frequently for the awful.
 
  Gail Collins. The New York Times (February 7, 2015)
 
 
As early as 1923 it had become clear that world revolution was 
no longer on history’s agenda, at any rate not in the form envisioned
 by Marxism.
 
George C. Eckstein, reviewing Bukharin and the
Bolshevik Revolution in The Nation (February 8, 1975)
 
**
 
The exiled tyrant Pisistratus , planning his return to Athens in the 
early sixth century BC, hired an unusually tall woman named Phye 
to ride beside him in his in his chariot. She was to pretend to be the 
manifestation of the goddess Athena, the Patron of Athens. Herodotus 
gives her height as some four cubits---around 5’11”, more than a
foot taller than the average woman at the time—and notes that not 
only was she dressed in full armour but was instructed of the bearing 
in which she might best beseem her part (according  to Macauley’s 
inimitable translation . As Pisistratus and Phye trundled through the 
fields of Attica, fell over themselves to pay their respects., 
Herodotus notes that Pisistratus was immediately returned to power.
 
Claire Hall. “The Day a God Rode In,”: reviewing “The Realness of 
Things Past: Ancient Greece  and Ontological History” by Greg 
Anderson (London Review of Books)
 
 
I have just received the following telegram from my generous Daddy,
 It says, “Dear Jack: Don’t  buy a single vote more than is necessary. 
I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
 
             John F. Kennedy    at the Gridiron Dinner (1958)
 
 
**
 
If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should vote for me. 
If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist.
 
       Ed Koch, Mayor of NYC
 

 
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
 
Groucho Marx
 
 
       …I haven’t studied politics that much really. It just seems that 
you have to be in a constant state of revolution, or you’re dead.  
There  always has to be a revolution, it has to be a constant thing, 
not something that’s going to change things, and that’s it, you know, 
the revolution’s going to solve everything. It has to be every day.”
 
         Jim Morrison, in an interview with John Tobler
 
 
 
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, 
go out and buy some more tunnel.
                       John Quinton
 
 
 Teddy Kennedy says, “These are times that will test all people. Are we 
up to the test?” And the people say, “The question is, can we get someone 
to take the test for us?”
 
    Mort Sahl









**
 
   In that first four weeks (AFTER OBAMA’S ELECTION), you probably remember, effigies were burned. Obama supporters were being beat up, all sorts if things like that. For me, it was all captured in the amazing case of the second and third graders in Idaho who were riding their bus on the way to school and chanting “Assassinate Obama!” It was an incredible moment. I think that –very much like David Duke, the ex-Klan leader, predicted – Americans woke up on November 5 and to some of them it was a rude shock. This black guy was going to be their president, and, by God, he was going to take his wife and kids and move into the White House.
 
     David Schimke. “Hate,Ink.” in  UTNE READER (Jan-Feb. 10, 2010)
 
**
 
 
Arguing with the Tea Pary is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good
your argument the pigeon is going to knock all the pieces over, crap all over the board and strut around like it’s victorious.
 
   Charles Simmons (?)
 
**
 
Democrats work to help people who need help. That other party they work for people
who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it.
 
       Harry S Truman
 
**
 

BITS &PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

For all those who attempted my name game challenges:

BELIEVE IT OR NOT’S ROBERT RIPLEY once received a birthday

greeting from a Chicago resident named Zeke Zzzpt.

NEW ANALOGY IN TOWN:

William Barr: Justice::Aaron Burr:tap dancing.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE
The following sentence appeared in The Quarterly
Review in 1825: "What can be more palpably absurd
than the prospect held out of locomotion traveling
twice as fast as stage coaches?"
**
POLITICIANS/POLITICS

No matter how paranoid you are, what the government 
is actually doing is worse than you can imagine.
        William Blum
 
Don’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.
         William Blum
 
 
People used to complain that selling a president was 
like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least 
you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys 
telling you that they really value cleanliness.
 
David Brooks
 

   Somewhere out in the audience may even be someone 
who will one day follow in my footsteps, and presides over
 the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well.
 
  Barbara Bush. College address at Wellsley College 
on June 1, 1990
 
 
Politics? Politics are just like women: get into them seriously 
and you’re going to come out looking like an earthworm 
stepped on by a longshoreman’s boot.
 
Charles Bukowski  in a letter to Gerald Locklin 
(August 2, 1981)
 
 
Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations.
 If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend 
to keep this conflict under operation since they hope to profit 
from the situation. To concern yourself with surface political 
conflicts is to make the mistake of he bull in the ring, you are 
changing the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you 
the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him
 to obey the cloth. 
      William Burroughs
 
Journal for the Protection of All Beings (City Lights Bookstore)
 
 
 
…one of the terrible truths of presidential politics: it changes 
everybody who gets into it, generally for the worse, frequently 
for the awful.
 
  Gail Collins. The New York Times (February 7, 2015)
 
 
As early as 1923 it had become clear that world revolution was 
no longer on history’s agenda, at any rate not in the form
 envisioned by Marxism.
 
George C. Eckstein, reviewing Bukharin and the
Bolshevik Revolution in The Nation (February 8, 1975)
 
**
 
The exiled tyrant Pisistratus , planning his return to Athens 
in the early sixth century BC, hired an unusually tall woman 
named Phye to ride beside him in his in his chariot. She was 
to pretend to be the manifestation of the goddess Athena, 
the Patron of Athens. Herodotus gives her height as some 
four cubits---around 5’11”, more than a foot taller than the 
average woman at the time—and notes that not only was she 
dressed in full armour but was instructed of the bearing in 
which she might best beseem her part (according  to 
Macauley’s inimitable translation . As Pisistratus and Phye
 trundled through the fields of Attica, fell over themselves 
to pay their respects., Herodotus notes that Pisistratus was 
immediately returned to power.
 
Claire Hall. “The Day a God Rode In,”: reviewing “The Realness 
of Things Past: Ancient Greece  and Ontological History” 
by Greg Anderson (London Review of Books)
 

I have just received the following telegram from my 
generous  Daddy, It says, “Dear Jack: Don’t  buy a 
single vote more than  is necessary. I’ll be damned 
if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
 
             John F. Kennedy at the Gridiron Dinner (1958)

**
 
If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you 
should vote  for me. If you agree with me on 12 out 
of 12 issues, you should  see a psychiatrist.
                  Ed Koch, Mayor of NYC
 
 
Al Gore never claimed that he invented the internet, 
Howard Dean didn’t scream. Hillary Clinton didn’t say 
she was staying in  the race because Barack Obama 
might be assassinated.  And Wesley Clark didn’t impugn 
John McCain’s military service. Scott McClellan, the former 
White House press secretary  in his tell-all memoir “What  
Happened.” But a true account  of modern American 
politics should “What Didn’t Happen.”  again and again 
we’ve had media firestorms over supposedly 
revealing incidents that never actually took place.
 
Paul Krugman (NY TIMES.  July 4,2008)
 
**
 
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,
 diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
 
Groucho Marx
 
 
       …I haven’t studied politics that much really. It just seems 
that you have to be in a constant state of revolution, or you’re dead.  
There  always has to be a revolution, it has to be a constant thing, 
not something that’s going to change things, and that’s it, you know, 
the revolution’s going to solve everything. It has to be every day.”
 
         Jim Morrison, in an interview with John Tobler
 
 \
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, 
go out and buy some more tunnel.
                       John Quinton
 
 
 Teddy Kennedy says, “These are times that will test all people. 
Are we up to the test?” And the people say, “The question is,
can we get someone to take the test for us?”
 
    Mort Sahl
 
**
 
   In that first four weeks (AFTER OBAMA’S ELECTION), you probably 
remember, effigies were burned. Obama supporters were being 
beat up, all sorts if things like that. For me, it was all captured in 
the amazing case of the second and third graders in Idaho who 
were riding their bus on the way to school and chanting
 “Assassinate Obama!” It was an incredible moment. I think  
that –very much  like David Duke, the ex-Klan leader, predicted
 – Americans woke up  on November 5 and to some of them it 
was a rude shock. This  black guy was going to be their president, 
and, by God, he was  going to take his wife and kids and move 
into the White House.
 
     David Schimke. “Hate,Ink.” in  UTNE READER 
(Jan-Feb. 10, 2010)
 
**
 
 
Arguing with the Tea Party is like playing chess with a pigeon. 
No matter  how good your argument the pigeon is going to knock 
all the pieces over, crap all over the board and strut around 
like it’s victorious.
 
   Charles Simmons
 
**
 
Democrats work to help people who need help. That other party
 they work for people who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it.
 
       Harry S Truman
 
**
 NEW APP: HOW YOU CAN TELL RIGHT AWAY IF THE PERSON YOU 
ARE TALKING TO HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE IT WORTHWHILE
FOR YOU TO BE THEIR FRIEND. AFTER ALL WHO WANTS TO
WASTE THEIR TIME WITH POOR PEOPLE?
DESIGN BY LILLY KRONGARD
 
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
  
 ASKING THE SUPREME COURT TO VOTE UPON
THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE     CONSTITUTION 
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
   Although many Americans are aware that the Supreme 
Court  has been asked to deprive some 9 to 11 million 
Americans of  their health insurance on the basis of an 
ambiguous four word  phrase in the health-care provision
, few Americans are aware of a case that will soon follow suit
 – - Americans Who Hate The  General Welfare vs. The
 Constitution of the United States of America. 
       Attorneys for the state rights have pointed out (and 
rightly so)  that the majority of our 50 States were not in 
existence at the time  the Constitution was approved  
(sometime in the l8th century we  believe, although many 
citizens believe the Constitutional Congress, like the 
moon-landings, was a hoax). Here are the phrases called 
into question:
 
       " We the People of the United States, in Order to form a 
more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic 
Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote 
the general Welfare, and secure he Blessings of Liberty 
to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain  and establish 
this Constitution for the United States of America."
 

           First of all the phrase “We the people of the United States” 
was a blatant falsehood at the timeThe Constitution was drafted.  
many so-called people (women, slaves, children, and anyone 
who did not own property) were in no position to ordain anything. 
these disenfranchised chattle did not establish the Constitution. 
They could barely establish  that they existed.  Did any of the persons 
who voted for ratification of the Constitution produce voter IDs? 
How many tainted votes were cast?  There should be a revote, 
with a prior ruling on how to count or not count hanging chads.
 
 Second:  What about all the new States that have become  part 
of the United States since.  Each new State should be allowed to 
rewrite the Constitution to fit the needs of its citizens.

Third, what  about the phrase “promote the general welfare"? 
Anyone who did not own property could not vote, thus  were in 
no position to ordain anything. These disenfranchised chattles
 did not establish the Constitution. They could barely establish  
that they existed. Now that is ambiguous. Does our Constitution 
endorse “The Welfare State”.  We know we need guns to promote 
the general welfare, but do we really need Social Security and 
National Healthcare? The phrase "promote the general
welfare" must be struck from the Constitution.
 
          Last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked 
to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled 
correctly .  Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons 
who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind. 
 Were the Founding  Fathers mocking the notion that there is 
such a thing as a   “common defence” since Americans seem 
not to agree on many  “common: issues.” This two word phrase
 should cause the Constitution  to be nullified.
 
            Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party 
lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme 
Court Justice. Yes, Justice.
 
      
 
And last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled correctly . Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind.  Were the Founding Fathers mocking the notion that there is such a thing as a  “common defence” since Americans seem not to agree on many “common: issues.” This two word phrase should cause the Constitution should
Be nullified.
 
Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme Court Justice. Yes, Justice.
 




WHERE’S TRUMP?

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE WHITE HOUSE:
 
WHERE’S TRUMP?

In order to boost sagging poll numbers and to relieve 
stress caused by the pandemic, protests, and failing economy, 
President Trump and his loyal White House staff  are 
publishing a puzzle and family fun book in the 
Where’s Waldo tradition. Voters, non-voters, 
and children  at the U.S./Mexican border who are  
separated from their parents will have hours of fun
attempting to locate the real Donald Trump among
hundreds of Donald Trumps. Can you do it? Can
anyone do it?
 
“Best book ever. More fun than the Bible!” Lindsay Graham

“:I love this book because it has no words in it. It’s
my second favorite book –after Mutiny on the Bounty.”
You know who
 **

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WHERE’S TRUMP

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE WHITE HOUSE:
 
WHERE’S TRUMP?

In order to boost sagging poll numbers and to relieve stress caused by the pandemic, protests, and failing economy, President Trump and his loyal White House staff  are publishing a puzzle and family fun book in the Where’s Waldo tradition. Voters, non-voters, and children  at the U.S./Mexican border who are  separated from their parents will have hours of fun
attempting to locate the real Donald Trump among
hundreds of Donald Trumps. Can you do it? Can
anyone do it?
 
“Best book ever. More fun than the Bible!” Lindsay Graham

“:I love this book because it has no words in it. It’s
my second favorite book –after Mutiny on the Bounty.”
You know who
 **

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

THE SAURUS

THE SAURUS — The dinosaur that is a synonym for another dinosaur

designed by Lilly Krongard

**

Loot (n, hence v, whence looter): Hind lut denasalized from Sanskrit
lunrati, he plunders.

Eric Partridge. Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English
(New York: Greenwich House,1966

Dear Editors:

   Looting is very destructive to community and

our sense as citizens that we should look out for

one another, but there are different kinds of looting.

One kind of looting takes place when people smash

windows, enter a store, grab merchandise and run

off.

   There is a second kind of looting that we should

consider:  looting  done by persons of power and

authority.  Consider political leaders and their family

members who use their positions to squander so much

of tax payer monies for their own personal pleasures

and economic enhancement. Is that not looting?

   Or consider the Environmental Protection Agency.

how many regulations have been rescinded so that

future generations  of Americans can no longer

can count upon breathing clean air nor drinking

uncontaminated  water.

   Or stealing young people’s futures by loading them

Down with crippling loans for their education.

   Or denying citizens affordable health care.

  All kinds of looting are to be abhorred.  Which

is worse may be difficult to determine on a case by

case basis, but none of these lootings make us a

better nation. None of these lootings make us a better people.

Sincerely,

Louis Phillips









Image by Lilly Krongard
**


 
DESCENDING INTO BEDROCK
 
 
There is just so much sleep to go around
With the bed still warm
From my wife’s body,
Pillows piled high & the annoying sound
Of traffic going somewhere or not.
Another erratic midnight.
 
 Don McLean got it right:
“Bad news on the doorstep.”
& I got no Chevy either.
Am I the only person not dreaming?
In Apartment 8H, right
 
Below us, some idiot is playing
First Edition’s
“Just Dropped In to See
What Condition My Condition Was In.”
 
The human condition? Bah! Humbug.
 It’s the entire bedrock
Of a crumbling nation,
Entire oceans of fish
Are awash with waking & dreaming.
 
Oceans  choking
to death on plastic.
***

ABRACADABRA

By the incantation of a single word, this sentence becomes

transformed. It was formerly an epigram: Now it is closer

to the national anthem of Argentina:   “May the Laurels be

eternal That we know how to win. Let us live crowned

with glory Or swear to die gloriously.” Abracadabra.  

All that dying gloriously stuff: Now that’s real magic.  

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ATOM SMASHING 
I do not understand why it took scientists so long
to split the atom. When my sons were 4 or 5, if
they had been given an atom for Christmas, they
would have broken it in no time at all.
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LA TRIVIATA # 38

NOTE TO THE READER
 
All right, I know that more than a few of the questions 
in the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often 
impossible for many readers, to answer. But the point 
of a quiz is not to test intelligence or even cultural and 
verbal awareness. Not by a long shot. The point is to
 have fun, to pass some time pleasantly while picking 
up tidbits of useful and useless information. I hope it’s 
a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend 
or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And sometimes 
a useful one. If you get 6 correct you are doing very good.
 If you get 9 or more correct you are in the Genius
Category.
 
—LJP


 
1l Bees can see all colors except one. What color
cannot be seen by bees?
 
2.What is the only seven letter word in the English
language that contains all 5 vowels?
 
3. It has been claimed that the logo depicting a large
tongue protruding from a mouth is the most famous
logo in Rock & Roll history. It is the logo of what group?
 
 
4. What were the names of the famous NBC newscasters
who signed off each broadcast with:
       “ Good night, David.”
       “ Good night, Chet.”
 
5. What does a kinologist study?
 
6 In the Olympics Discus throw competition how much
does the discus weigh?
 
7.Fur is one of the official languages of what African
  country?
 
 
 
 
8. In 1984, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
   established the Television Hall of Fame and inducted
    seven people. Can you name any 3 persons of the
    first seven inductees?
 
9. A bit of IdMb trivia for this film, directed by John
Ford and starring John Wayne as Captain Brittles
Reveals that the regiment's blacksmith, named "Wagner" 
(Mickey Simpson), is seen at work, we can hear the orchestra
 playing the "Nibelung"-motif from Richard Wagner's famous 
opera, "Siegfried". In the opera the motif is connected with 
the forging of Siegfried's sword. What is the film?
 
10. Ithaca and Kerykara are Greek islands in what sea?
 
11.On November 25, 1864 the Winter Garden Theater
in NYC presented a production of Julius Caesar. Junius
Brutus Booth played Cassius and his brother Edwin Booth 
played Brutus. What part did the third brother—JohnWilkes Booth 
– play?
 
12. In the U.S. Presidential election of 1920 one of
the major candidates on the ballot was a prisoner
in a Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia . Who
was he?


13. What country has the oldest flag in the world?

14. How many eyes does a scallop have?
 
     A. none
     B. 30
     C. 50
     D. 100
 
15. What do the following all have in common?
 
 Mr. R. Nixon,  Phunky, Ty Kong, Wopsle, Squod
Nobs, and Hookem?

16. What U.S. President is associated with this
piece of advice: “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”
 
17. What U.S. President gave Maxwell House Coffee
its famous advertising slogan “Good to the Last Drop”?

18. Edson Arantes do Nascimento is better known to
   the world by what single name? 
 
19. Richard Strauss was, of course, a famous German
composer and conductor, but what does his last name
mean?
 
20. What is paronomasia?
 



ANSWERS
 
1. Red (Do not ask me how scientists know such things)
 
2. Sequoia
 
3. The Rolling Stones
 
4. David Brinkley and Chet Huntley
 
5. A kinologist studies physics laws of motion
 
6. 4 pounds
 
7. Dafur
 
8. Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayesky, Norman Lear, 
Edward R. Murrow,  William S. Paley, David Sarnoff
 
9. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
 
10. The Ionian Sea
 
11. He played Marc Anthony
 
12.  Eugene Debs. He ran as a socialist candidate and
  received nearly one million votes.
 
13. Denmark
 
14.( D) 100
 
15. They are names of characters  in works by Charles
      Dickens
 
16. Theodore Roosevelt
 
17.  Theodore Roosevelt.  According to The Oxford Dictionary 
of Modern Quotations, Roosevelt uttered that phrase to 
Joel Cheek in 1907.
 
18. Pele’, the great Brazilian soccer player
 
19. According to Wikipedia , Strauss is a German: nickname 
for an awkward or belligerent person, from Middle High German 
struz 'quarrel', 'complaint'. ... Dutch: from a Germanic personal 
name, Strusso.
 
20. According to the online Merriam Webster Dictionary, 
paronomasia was first used in 1571. It is from Latin, from Greek, from paronomazein to call with a slight change of name, from 
para- + onoma name — more at NAME. It is simply a long word
 meaning a pun or play on words.
 
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