MAY 8, 2017

MAY 8: Eddy Arnold, David Attenborough, Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire), Saul Bass, Dirk Bogarde, Joe Bonamassa, Bill Cowher, Mike D’Antoni, Bjorn Dixgard (Mando Diao), Gustave Flaubert, Bryan Forbes, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Paul Gauguin, Melissa Gilbert, Gary Glitter, Michel Gondry, Adrian Gonzalez, Beth Henley, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Jarrett, Robert Johnson, Naomi Klein, Lou Lombardo, Ronnie Lott, Vicky McClure, Janet McTeer, Taylor Mead, Robert Mugge, Ricky Nelson, George Peppard, Thomas Pynchon, Rockets Redglare, Don Rickles, Roberto Rossellini, Dave Rowntree (Blur), Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds), Sebastian Schipper, Maurice Sendak, Lovie Smith, Toni Tennille (Captain and Tennille), Harry S. Truman, Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), Martha Wainwright, Kemba Walker, Bill Weber…

ALBUMS OF THE DAY: The Beatles “Let it Be” (1970), Blur “Blur” (1997), Earth, Wind and Fire “The Best of” (1978), Robert Johnson “The Complete Recordings” (1990), Mando Diao “Bring ‘Em In” (2002), Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” (2016), Talking Heads “77” (1977), Van Halen “Diver Down” (1982), Martha Wainwright “Martha Wainwright” (2005), The Yardbirds “Ultimate!” (2001)

BOOKS OF THE DAY: Gustave Flaubert “Madame Bovary” (1856), Naomi Klein “Fences and Windows” (2002), Thomas Pynchon “Mason and Dixon” (1997), Maurice Sendak “Where the Wild Things Are” (1963)

CRITERIONS OF THE DAY: The Age of Medici (1973), Blaise Pascal (1972), Cartesius (1974), Europa ‘51 (1952), The Flowers of St. Francis (1950), Il Generale Della Rovere (1959), Germany Year Zero (1948), Journey to Italy (1954), Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), Stromboli (1950), The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966)

DOC’S OF THE DAY: The Corporation (2003), Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Deep Blues (1991), Hellhounds on My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson (2000), Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013), Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007), New Orleans Music in Exile (2006), Planet Earth (2006), Rockets Redglare! (2003), The Shock Doctrine (2009), Stop Making Sense (1984), Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980), Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009), The Thorn in the Heart (2009), We Were Here (2011), The Work of Michel Gondry (2003)

FILMS OF THE DAY: Inherent Vice (2014), True Stories (1986), Victoria (2015), The We and the I (2012), Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

FOODIE: Coca-Cola, Coconut Cream Pie

HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: 1958 - Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru. 1978 - Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climb Mount Everest without oxygen supply. Prior to the Italian and Austrian mountaineers’ ascent, it was thought to be impossible to conquer the world’s highest mountain without supplemental oxygen. 1973 - Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. 1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time. 1886 - Coca-Cola is introduced. Chemist John Pemberton developed Coca-Cola, a nonalcoholic version of French Wine Coca. The first sales were at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches, and impotence.

HOLIDAY: Red Cross Day

“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” Attenborough

“One becomes a critic when one cannot be an artist.  Just like a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier.” Flaubert

“I’ve dreamed a lot, but i’m not a very good sleeper.” Gondry

“The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.” Klein

“The general public has long been divided into two parts; those who think that science can do anything and those who are afraid it will.” Pynchon

“You throw your best punch, otherwise don’t do it.” Rickles

“There must be more to life than having everything!” Sendak

pictured: Chris Frantz (Born 1951) and Talking Heads, Michel Gondry (Born 1963),  Alex Van Halen (Born 1953) and Van Halen