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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Richard Crenna (1927-2003) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ "The Real McCoys" ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #48 Published May 1, 2004 ~~~
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Quote for the Merry Month of May:

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift, English Satirist

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Table of Contents

1. May's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for May
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Avocado Supreme
6. Two Poems by Bobby
7. Reviews and Articles Added for May:

8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
2006: Jan#061,Feb#062,Mar#063,Apr#064,May#065,Jun#066,Jul#067,Aug#068,Sep#069,Oct#06a,Nov#06b,Dec#06c
2007: Jan#071,Feb#072,Mar#073,Apr#074,May#075,Jun#076,Jul#077,Aug#078,Sep#079,Oct#07a,Nov#07b,Dec#07c
2008: Jan#081,Feb#082,Mar#083,Apr#084,May#085,Jun#086,Jul#087,Aug#088,Sep#089,Oct#08a,Nov#08b,Dec#08c
2009: Jan#091,Feb#092,Mar#093,Apr#094,May#095,Jun#096,Jul#097,Aug#098,Sep#099,Oct#09a,Nov#09b,Dec#09c
2010: Jan#101,Feb#102,Mar#103,Apr#104,May#105,Jun#106,Jul#107,Aug#108,Sep#109,Oct#10a,Nov#10b,Dec#10c
2011: Jan#111,Feb#112,Mar#113,Apr#114,May#115,Jun#116,Jul#117,Aug#118,Sep#119,Oct#11a,Nov#11b,Dec#11c
2012: Jan#121,Feb#122,Mar#123,Apr#124,May#125,Jun#126,Jul#127,Aug#128,Sep#129,Oct#12a,Nov#12b,Dec#12c
2013: Jan#131,Feb#132,Mar#133,Apr#134,May#135,Jun#136,Jul#137,Aug#138,Sep#139,Oct#13a,Nov#13b,Dec#13c
2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
2016: Jan#161,Feb#162,Mar#163,Apr#164,May#165,Jun#166,Jul#167,Aug#168,Sep#169,Oct#16a,Nov#16b,Dec#16c
2017: Jan#171,Feb#172,Mar#173,Apr#174,May#175,Jun#176,Jul#177,Aug#178,Sep#179,Oct#17a,Nov#17b,Dec#17c
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2019: Jan#191,Feb#192,Mar#193,Apr#194,May#195,Jun#196,Jul#197,Aug#198,Sep#199,Oct#19a

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1. May Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn how some people cannot resist resisting.

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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for May are:

Fred Arne Thorberg in Norway

Robert Reed in Bloomington, Indiana

Congratulations, Fred and Rob !

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We celebrated April Fool's Day with a visit to our CPA to get our taxes done for the year. It was a dirty trick that was played on New Orleanians when they moved the tax filing deadline from March 15 to April 15 many years ago. April is the most pleasant month of the year — with clear skies, mild weather, and no rain — and definitely not a single day should be spent indoors doing income tax returns! Luckily our CPA keeps our indoor time to a minimum of a couple of hours versus the couple of weekends it used to take me.

The next day our son John came in town for a coin show and dropped off his two boys for us to baby sit, Collin and Kyle. Granma Del played with them on the floor, and Granpa rode them in the garden cart outside. Collin liked seeing the crab spider up close in his web. Also he enjoyed eating the Japanese plums which were ripe at the time. Our friends Ruth and Ted were on their way to a jewelry and gemstone show at the Alario Center and they dropped by for po-boys with us that same day.

April was a fishing month for me. Well, it was a going-fishing month more than a catching fish month. The first trip was with Mike my barber out of Hopedale. We got stranded when his outboard blew a head gasket and a gar fisherman named Andy towed us back to the dock at Pip's Launch. I managed to catch two large flounder while we waited for our tow.

Getting up at 4 am I heard the song Rod McKuen made popular "If You Go Away" back in the 70s, but the entire song was sung in French. I listened to it as I sat on the edge of the bed. As it ended, I began to stand up and the voice changed to a female singing the same song in German! I had never heard it sung in German before, so I sat back down and listened to it. I was deeply moved by hearing this song sung in the only two languages I can understand outside of English, the two languages of my ancestors, French and German. As the German song was nearing an end, I thought, "How nice it would be if someone sang it in English at this point." And that's exactly what happened. As I got into the car to drive off to Hopedale to go fishing with Mike, I called WWOZ and talked to Cousin Dimitri, the WWOZ disc jockey who put that compilation of songs together so beautifully. He told me that the French version was sung by its composer, Jacques Brill, the German by Marlene Dietrich, and the English by Cindy Lauper.

Had an interesting thing happen while I was fixing a leaky faucet at our apartments. The cold water faucet was leaking. I took out both stems and took them with me to ACE Hardware and got new washers installed there. When I got back to the apartment, the second stem was nowhere to be found. Drove back to ACE and asked everybody I had encountered on my previous trip: Brian in gardening, Kelvin at register, and Ron in the back. No one had seen it. A young black man with a name tag that said, ANTHONY, overheard me asking Ron, and reached down into the trash can and came up with the lost stem. I thanked him and explained that the patron saint of lost items was St. Anthony, and that he was apparently the ACE Hardware St. Anthony on duty.

Del's birthday passed quietly this year due to her being her mother's daily caregiver while Doris recovers from back surgery. But she got a whole bunch of presents to open on her 59th birthday. I even located a NY'er cartoon of three old dudes on stage playing in a band. The one at the mike announced to the crowd, "This is a hard-rocking, take-no-prisoners, kick-ass song we wrote about turning sixty!" To me that's the right attitude to have about turning sixty.

I went fishing two more times this month, but apparently I had caught all the fish I was going to catch. Went with Col. Jim Webb during his week off for Spring Break from Destrehan High School where he heads the Air Force Junior ROTC. The first trip, to Bayou Segnette netted no fish. I got back home and prepared an elegant meal for our daughter Yvette and her husband Greg who were visiting from Belleaire, Texas. The next day Jim and I put in at Hopedale and fought the lowest tide in 12 years. It was a beautiful day for fishing, however, and Jim managed to net an 18" speckled trout for the only strike or fish for the day. Del and I enjoyed the grilled trout as part of our dinner that night.

Sunday the 18th we got dressed to go the French Quarter and its annual Spring Festival. We were invited to our friend Carol's brunch, and for the first time in three years, we haven't had a gathering at Timberlane to celebrate Del's birthday on the Spring Fest weekend, so we went to her brunch. Lots of great food. From Carol's place, we walked a couple of blocks to Jackson Square, checked out the food booths in the Square, and the artists’ displays in Pirates’ Alley. Jackson Square looked like a Common with picnics and parties going on.

On Tuesday Del had treated me to a massage while she got her massage and then took me to dinner. We ate at the Lakefront at the Crab Shack as the sun set over Lake Pontchartrain. Del had grilled fish and I had a crawfish etouffe.

This month I have played citrus farmer each morning. I have had to pick up navel oranges and grapefruit that have been blown down by the wind. If I don't pick them up daily, the slugs will eat through the skins, or some animal will eat the flesh from the fruit. Each morning when I pick up the Times-Picayune newspaper out front, I remove the plastic bag the paper comes in and use it to carry the citrus windfall. Many times this month that wasn't a large enough bag. I've squeezed about a half gallon of navel orange juice and two gallons of grapefruit juice so far in the past four weeks.

Found out that my two grand-daughters, Tiffany and Jennifer, are getting confirmed in the St. Louis Cathedral the end of May. Tiffany is planning to be married in the fall to John, who is a Marine, and will be heading to Iraq at the end of this year.

To end out the month I took Del to the Mo Fest in Woldenberg Park --- the stage actually sat over the Mississippi River. We heard Kermit Ruffin and his BBQ Swingers and others. With her brother Dan in town for a few days, she has a short break from being her mother's caregiver. See Photo of MO Fest near bottom of Digest.


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    Movies we watched this past month:

    Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
    P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
    Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
    “An Ideal Husband” — AAAH! What a feel good movie all the way through! Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and others in an Oscar-Wildesque romantic comedy. Moore was excellent as the Countess from Berlin Was she a bad girl or a good one? Was it about money or love? Or both? Will the eternal bachelor get hooked? Will the perfect wife admit finally telling a lie and become human or allow her marriage to dissolve?
    “The Quiet American” with Michael Caine as British writer & Brandon Fraser as the quiet American who was making noises behind the scenes during early days of American involvement in Vietnam. Question: how many people can you blow up with a “chemical used for making eyeglass frames”? Apparently this movie is truer to Graham Greene’s book than the 1958 whitewashed movie. Always interesting to see the ensuing events which occurred after Greene published his book in 1954 as this movie provides at the end.
    “Just Write” was a just right movie for Del – a romantic comedy chick-flick par excellence. I could say the plot was the same old story of “Hollywood Tour Bus driver falls in love with movie star, marries her, and becomes Oscar-winning Screenwriter”, but I don’t think that theme has been done before. Witty, charming, endearing look at Hollywood’s front side. One mad chase of Humvee and Tour Bus, no bedroom scenes, one great kiss.
    “Secondhand Lions” is an Arabian Nights fantasy with Michael Caine playing Scherezade to his grand-nephew, is a story about two old farts (M.Caine and Robert Duvall) who sit on their front porches and shoot at traveling salesmen, is a story of a young man coming of age with a lioness as a pet, is a story of a cellar full of money and grubby-handed relatives who want it. Take your pick — they’re all in this movie whose ending adds a new dimension to the phrase, “barnstorming.”
    “The Man From Elysian Fields” with Andy Garcia, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger. I thought the escort service called “Elysian Fields” was a better name than, say, “Hunks & Studs”. When the woman came up to Andy in a hotel lobby, she could ask, “Are you the man from Elysian Fields?” Marvelous movie — filled with tension — a down-on-his-luck writer living on the edge finds salvation in a job as gigolo to the wife of dying famous author. Will his collaboration with Coburn lead him to fame? The tenuous threads of the future create the tension and Garcia keeps each thread taut to the very end of the movie. A brilliant acting job by everyone. Kudos to Mick Jagger as the founder of Elysian Fields — great performance in a suit and tie — didn’t recognize him till the credits were rolling.
    “Something’s Gotta Give” — will it be Diane Keaton or Jack Nicholson? The twenty-year-divorced woman or the forty-year-never-married bachelor? What’s a gal to do if her daughter’s older boy friend has a heart attack at her beach house? Fall in love with him? Write a play about his antics? Jump in the sack with him? Date his heart doctor? All of the above? Something’s gotta give — and graciously enough, all the right people do the right kind of giving-in in this feel-good movie.
    “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” things get too dicey for a Quidditch match in Harry’s second year. A really Hairy year. Screaming mandrakes, a paralyzed Hermione, crawling spiders, and slithering snakes enough for everybody’s tastes. For Moaning Myrtle they cast the actress who moaned her way through “The Way We Live”, only this time instead of a huge estate, she lives, appropriately enough, in a toilet stall. When you attack someone, they acquire a portion of your power. Politicians need to understand this secret of life, but chances are they are too busy mishandling the federal bureaucracy to watch a “kid’s movie”. I can’t help remembering the great line from a Satchmo song about the reality of our children when I watch a Harry Potter movie, “They'll learn much more than we’ll ever know.”
    “Gods and Generals” with Robert Duvall playing another Robert, General Lee, in the early days of the war of Northern Aggression when Southern armies were fighting what they called their “Second War for Independence”. We follow most closely in this first 3.5 hour episode of the trilogy the doings of General Thomas Jackson on and off the field. A modern day Hector fighting to defend his family, friends, and homeland from an invading army. When the battle raged General Jackson stood in the middle of it like a stone wall. This earned him the name, Stonewall Jackson, a name he claimed belonged to his brigade, not to him. When Stonewall lost his left arm to friendly fire, General Robert E. Lee said, “Jackson has lost his left arm, I my right.” This is the best episode of the three thanks to the presence of sober generals like Burnside who followed orders from Lincoln to the letter, all the way to disaster. Things got tougher with Stonewall dead, Lee invading the North, and Lincoln hiring a drunken General who did things his own way and won the war.
    “The Butcher’s Wife” — roly-poly Leo Lemke gets a young beautiful blonde country girl as his wife. He takes her from an island off the coast of the Carolinas to Manhattan. Her psychic abilities make her with a hit with the urbane clientele of Leo’s butcher shop who would rather talk than communicate, so having a clerk who can read their minds simplifies their already too complicated lives. Bill Pullman is wonderfully comic in his straight-faced psychiatrist role. Demi Moore shows that blondes do have more fun --- unfortunately she really hasn’t had as much fun in a movie since. Delightful romantic romp in the back streets of the city where everyone falls in love when Mary Steenburgen sings the blues.
    “Amadeus” a look at the life of a great composer from the perspective of a royal sycophant who happened to be the court composer of a bad piano player. Each time Salieri derisively called Mozart “the little man” one could hear the projection as his voice bounced off the nearest mirror to label himself. Salieri was in the presence of greatness and endeavored to sabotage Mozart’s career first, and failing that, to sabotage his very life. When he succeeded, he was left an embittered old man talking to a priest, whose conversation we are allowed to eavesdrop in on for this movie. To quote Samuel Hoffenstein about Salieri:
    The lion roars, the echoes try
    To simulate that lordly cry;
    But having said their little say,
    The echoes quickly fade away.

    Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

    “Basic” was basically confused. Double agents gone wild. Spooks who live after they die. A recruiting film for spooks. Keep a notepad with the names and descriptions of the crew so when their names get switched halfway through you’ll have half-a-chance of keeping track of the rat-a-tat-tat musical chairs. Bullets everywhere, explosions, errant grenades, and nobody gets laid on-screen. Definitely not a chick flick. Travolta once more proves he’s better as a bad guy than a good guy, but this movie keeps you in suspense as to which he is, not only to the end of the movie, but long after the credits roll.
    "The Life of David Gale" a life sacrificed for a Hollywood message against capital punishment. A movie likewise sacrificed. Want to see two suicides glorified to make a political statement? Put an air-tight plastic bag over your head, handcuff yourself, swallow the key, tape the bag around your neck, sit down, and watch this one. Hopefully you'll expire before the movie ends and save yourself a lot of torture and tortuous plot twists. Should be XX-rated for the two lives X'ed out by stupidity. A lugubrious excuse for a movie.
    “A Child Is Waiting” — a dreadful 1963 B&W movie wasting the talents of Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster in a movie about retarded kids in an asylum. A young Stephen Hill with a full head of hair played the father with Gena Rowlands as the wife and mother of the boy who was waiting. The ending was not worth waiting for.

    Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

    “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man” — fun flick about two cowboys on choppers riding the urban range. The bank is taking over their friend’s bar so they decide, not having anything else to do for the weekend, to rob the bank to get the money so their friend can keep his tacky bar. Good biker thinking. Fantasy flick worth watching for the performance and charisma of the cowboys, Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson.
    “Believer” --- the eponymous young skinhead beats up Jews and threatens to kill one. He does in the end, himself. An interesting psychological study of the mirror whammy — what he hated most in others was what he was doing out of his awareness. The director allows us to see his repressed memories, but the young man has no clue until the very end.
    “Solaris” with George Clooney as Lem’s spaceman psychiatrist sent to investigate strange happenings on the Solaris space station. Significant others were popping up in the flesh on the station and freaking out the crew. Clooney gets his deceased wife, who first appears in a dream, then wakes up beside him. He was beside him over this and placed her in a space pod and jettisoned her without so much as a good bye kiss. When she shows up after his next nap, he decides she’s a keeper, not a stranger, and things get stranger and stranger from then on.

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    Boudreaux was at Dixie Hardware Store in Crowley and saw a 35 foot shrimp trawl for sale. He asked the man behind the counter, “How much you want for dat trawl?”
    “Seven hundred dollars,” the man said, “and you can put it on you credit card.”
    Boudreaux said, “Mais, how much you take off if I give you cash right now?”
    “For cash, we take off 10 percent,” the man said.
    Boudreaux said, “‘Scuse me, I’ll be right back,” and walked out of the store. He checked his wallet for how much money he had, but didn’t know how much to take off for 10 percent, so he walked into the café next door, and went up to a waitress who was clearing a table.
    He knew a waitress would know how much to take off for ten percent so he asked her, “I got $700 — for ten percent — how much you take off?”
    “For dat much, Sha, everything but mah earrings and nail polish.”

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for May, 2004 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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    Avocado Supreme

    Background on Avocado Supreme: This is an elegant dish that wakes up the taste buds. Best served first in a multi-course dinner. Ingredients enough to serve eight guests with one avocado for every two guests. (Inspired by an avocado-only salad I had at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans in 1967.)

    1 to 4 perfect avocados
    1 small jar of black caviar
    1 tin of anchovies
    1 can of asparagus spears
    Miscellaneous salad dressing fixings, see below.

    Dressing Preparation:
    Mix mayonnaise, Creole mustard in equal amounts, add small amount of Olive Oil, shrimp powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and whatever else inspires you to make a thick salad dressing which can be dripped in a stream across the avocado as shown in the above photo. I never make the dressing exactly the same; each time I do it a little different. It should be tart enough to balance the bland flavor of the avocados and asparagus.

    Avocado Preparation:
    Peel avocados and cut in half. Place each on one side of an elegant plate.
    Open tin of anchovies, remove anchovy and make a circle atop each avocado with one or two anchovies. Make circle large enough to hold at least one teaspoon of caviar. Fill with caviar. Any leftover caviar can be placed to either side of the avocado.

    Final Preparation:
    Place three or four asparagus spears alongside the avocado. Spoon a line of dressing over the avocado and asparagus spears as shown in the photo.

    Serving Suggestion
    Serve Immediately.

    Other options
    Note: you may prepare the avocado, anchovy, caviar, and asparagus arrangement hours ahead of time, but store in refridgerator and add dressing immediately before serving for best results.

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    6. TWO POEMS by BOBBY:
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    I. This poem was written a few days ago, inspired by the exuberant chirping of a Mocking Bird atop a Lombardy Poplar at Timberlane as I made my morning walk through the garden. Whereas many birds are "one-hit wonders", the Mocking Bird seems to go through the entire Hit Parade of songs non-stop. Best of all, it is alive and present.             Enlivened Species

    The Passenger Pigeon flocks in history books
    The Mocking Bird sings at dawn.

    The DoDo waddles in pictures books
    The Mocking Bird sings at dawn.

    The Saber Toothed Tiger stalks the Tar Pits
    The Mocking Bird sings at dawn.

    The Mammoth hunkers under Siberian Ice
    The Mocking Bird sings at dawn.

    Why linger over extinct species
    When extant ones are warbling outside?

    Why lament over endangered species
    While enlivened ones are waxing melodious amongst us?

    Historians become ciphers in history books —
    The Mocking Bird sings at dawn.

    II. Looking through my edition of Hegel’s writings, Vol 46 of the Encyclopedia Brittanica Great Books, and I found something I wrote back in 1984 while sitting on the Marcie Swing. It involves the Conscious Programmer (C-Pgmr) and the Unconscious Programmer (U-Pgmr) inside each of us. On page 220 and 221, on June 2, 1984, I wrote in the margins:             Hi C! Hi U! It’s Programming Time

    What I do consciously
    Programs me unconsciously.
    Announcing the Programming Team!
    Starring the C-Pgmr and the U-Pgmr!
    Each one programs the other —
    This is the reason it’s easy to see
    the two of them in other people
    and hard to see
    the two of them in ourselves:
    In others we can see both of them;
    In ourselves we can only see the other one —
    that is: when we’re in the C-Pgmr role,
    we can only see how the U-Pgmr must work
    when we’re in the U-Pgmr role,
    we can only see how the C-Pgmr must work.
    EAT-O-TWIST means this:
    When the C-Pgmr’s supposing,
    The U-Pgmr’s programming.
    We haven’t supposed that supposing
    Is an active way of programming ourselves, up until now.
    Do you suppose it’s possible?
    If yes, you’re right!
    If no, you’re right!
    You’ve got what it takes
    — EAT-O-TWIST never breaks.

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    And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

    1.) ARJ2: Achilles by Elizabeth Cook

    If you're familiar with the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, this short docu-drama novel about Achilles will be enjoyable. If not, it may be a tad confusing as it certainly leaves out more than it contains. But it's worth a read because the things it does contain are powerful, memorable, and well worth the reading.

    2.) ARJ2: The Company She Keeps A Novel by Mary McCarthy

    The time is the 1930s and Margaret Sargent is not quite a liberated woman, but she is on her way. It's a tough slog for Meg, and we can follow her male companions along the way: The Young Man with his Body, The Prevaricating Rogue with his Gallery, The Traveling Salesman with his Tryst, The Yale Man with his Intellect, The Genial Host with his Objets d'Art, and the Droning Psychoanalyst with his Couch.

    3.) ARJ2: Epigraph — A Novel by Gordon Lish

    This is an innovative novel form by a modern day Gertrude Stein. His writing always stretches the mind, informs the reader, and entertains any authors eavesdropping over his shoulder. Want someone to teach you to break out of the hard constraints of grammar and syntax and punctuation you were taught in 8th Grade English? Consider yourself blessed. Read Lish.

    4.) ARJ2 Beyond Velikovsky by Henry Bauer

    This is a review of a book I finished on Bastille Day, 1990. As I graced the last page of the book with a date glyph, I added this bit of marginalia, "Throw Henry Bauer back into the Bastille of his mind!" How he and his establishment AAAS-hole buddies slammed Velikovsky is bad enough, but consider this: all the expenses we've undergone as a culture to prevent "greenhouse emissions" and forestall "global warming" are due their mistaken defense of an error of prediction they made in the 1940s, but Velikovsky got right --- namely the surface temperature and atmosphere of Venus. I recommend you read this review, not the book --- like one would take a homeopathic remedy --- so that its bitter and errant poison, taken in microscopic doses, will help make you healthy.

    5.) ARJ2: Space Cadet — A Novel by Robert Heinlein

    This is another golden oldie, from the Fifties, namely 1950 or so when I first read it. I wanted to re-read it since a short time had passed and the world had changed a bit, and I wanted to see what predictions Heinlein made that have come true. Would you believe water beds, cell phones, and microwave ovens? The only place he blew it was predicting colonies on Venus. He can blame that on scientists of the first part of the 20th Century who predicted that the surface of Venus was a pleasant greenhouse with shirt-sleeve weather of 20 C. Too bad for Heinlein that Velikovsky hadn't been invented yet when he sat down to write "Space Cadet".

    6.) TSCC: The Soul Captain Chronicles, Chapter Six, 1991, Part I. A Memoir by Bobby Matherne

    Chapter Six continues the The Soul Captain Chronicles, a Memoir of my life, which answers the question, "What if the Captain of my Soul came to me, gave me complete amnesia for my entire life, and then took me back to a year in my life?" With each Chapter the Captain moves me ahead a decade to witness part of another year, a decade hence. What happened to me in between? How did I get from where and who I was in one decade to where and who I was in the next? Join me in this adventure of recollection as each month brings another decade into focus for me and for you . . . Bobby Matherne

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    I. Padre Filius

    Last Month we introduced Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor about 21 years ago. Padre Filius will appear from time to time in this Section of the Digest to comment on the world and its cherished foibles.

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    II. My Commentary this month: "Speak to the Hand"

    I think Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarznegger must hold the record for popular phrases added to everyday usage. Who can forget Clint's "Go ahead — make my day" as Dirty Harry? Or Arnold as the Terminator telling a recalcitrant police clerk, "I'll be back" and returning by crashing through the police station's wall in a huge truck? But there is a phrase of Arnold's from "Terminator III" which deserves mention. At one point in the movie someone is saying something Arnold thinks is frivolous and he raises his right hand, palm outward to the speaker's face, and says, "Talk to the hand." The person speaking immediately shuts up.

    Del and I laughed when it happened, but over the ensuing weeks and months Del innovated an interesting use of the phrase. First, we changed it slightly, and apply it when the other one of us is speaking above normal volume, on and on, in other words, ranting. The non-ranter simply mimicks the Terminator's gesture, raises a hand, palm outward, carefully covering the ranter's face from view, and says, "Rant to the Hand!" If you haven't tried it yet, you may not believe this, but it is impossible to continue a good rant when you cannot see the other person's face, the one you're ranting to. But, if you're skeptical, try it next time someone tries to stifle communication by going on a tear with a good rant. It will invariably stop the rant, no matter how many times you do it. And once the rant is derailed, well, it always seems to be followed by good humor and more rational communication. [Note: innovators are cautioned that variant phrases, such as "Rant to the finger", should be used only under adult supervision.]

    This is the real Terminator at work, "Rant to the Hand."

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