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Barth and the Health Inspector [Feb. 23rd, 2007|06:41 pm]
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The Barth Segments of You Can't Do That on Television were always my favorite. Here is one starring a young ALANIS MORISS!!ETTE, who was on the show for a while
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You Can't Do That On Television [Feb. 23rd, 2007|06:41 pm]
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I'm feeling a little nostalgic today, so I thought I would post the intro to one of my favorite shows growing up: You Can't Do That On Television. Remember!?
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Sarah Silverman TV Show clip [Feb. 6th, 2007|09:45 am]
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A Clip From Sarah Silverman, my favorite person in the world--who now has her own show on Comedy Central!! Enjoy!
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MY FIRST POLITICAL PROTEST [Jan. 27th, 2007|09:13 pm]
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Today, I participated in my first political protest, along with close to 100,000 other people, on the National Mall. I left my apartment this morning about 7:00am and walked the 7 blocks to the mall. Since I arrived early I was able to secure a space pretty close to the stage. Over the course of the day, I was able to see up close and hear speeches by Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and many others. There were many other interesting people there too who mingled with the crowd--like playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monlogues and The Good Body) who I got to meet and who was very generous and nice.

The sheer volume of people alone was really incredible. Luckily, at the last second, I decided to bring my camera. I took 72 pictures over the course of the day. After I get them processed and scanned I will post a few online.

I suppose the most surreal part was hearing Jane Fonda speak. I am very familiar with her speeches at rallies during the Vietnam era, which are now a part of American history. To be able to participate and hear her speak at this rally only reinforced the feeling that I was a part of what could be a major historical moment. She even directly referenced this fact when she said, " this is the first time in 34 years that I have spoken at a political rally."

Graduate school has a tendency to keep me very busy at school, but I am so glad that I went out today and was afforded the opportunity to be a part of and experience this event.

Off to bed now. I'm pooped.
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A Few Brief Thoughts on a Hauntingly Beautiful Angela Davis Portrait [Jan. 23rd, 2007|05:04 pm]
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School continues to move along. My current reading load is keeping me from writing extended posts as often as I would like, but I will, however, continue to post interesting pictures, videos, quotes, and thoughts on a daily to semi-daily basis.

Last semester, in my African American Lit. seminar, we ended up reading a handful of essays by Angela Davis (most of which were from the 1970s). There are a number of striking photographic portraits of Davis that were taken during this period. Her work during this era is focused on the "prison industrial complex" in the United States and is well worth your time.

Her recent book Women, Race, and Class is also a great read. The book is an attack on the failed promises of the women's movement and that ways in which this movement excluded and continues to exclude minorities, while privileging white, middle class women.



Davis really exudes an aura of empowerment and drive, both in her eyes and her look. Whenever I think about her, the above portrait immediately comes to mind. In this portrait, her afro is reminiscent of the pan-african movement of this period and her eyes convey a quiet and focused toughness, but also compassion.

ONE FOOTNOTE: If you are ever passing through DC, I highly recommend you visit the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. The original copy of this Davis portrait, and others, are on display year round.
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The Goonies 'R' Good Enough 1980s Music Video [Jan. 22nd, 2007|10:41 am]
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I have a real treat for everyone today! Here is the full (parts 1 and 2)1980s music video for Cyndi Lauper's Goonies 'R' Good Enough (the main title song in the film The Goonies), which is, perhaps, the strangest music video ever made. It has a narrative that parallels the story of the movie, but in Lauper's video the cast is entirely composed of the singer herself and a plethora WWF wrestlers! So bizarre! I'm still confused about how/why they are all in this video. Nevertheless, what we have here is a very funny and unusual work. Enjoy!
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Dick in a box [Jan. 21st, 2007|10:28 pm]
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If you haven't seen this video, take a look. It's the only truly funny sketch that SNL did in 2006.
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SNOW! [Jan. 21st, 2007|02:51 pm]
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It's snowing here in the nation's capital!!
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A Great Read [Jan. 18th, 2007|10:40 pm]
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For those of you who have not read this book, I highly recommend it! Let's see...Kate Yuhas is focusing her thesis on it, Lachlan called it "a terrific page turner," Jenny has examined its metaphysical dimensions, and Jamie was so inspired by it that she joined the YMCA to better herself.

As for myself, I am starting to work immediately on a letter writing campaign to lobby for its inclusion in the The Great American Bathroom Reader (2007, ed.).


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One reason why I don't get drunk..... [Jan. 14th, 2007|05:03 pm]
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I'm back in DC now. After a long day of cleaning, grocery shopping (which is a chore when you have to walk 5-6 blocks with heavy bags), and reorganizing my things, I hooked up my computer to check my email. I got a random email from a quasi-friend who included this pic:


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