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Made My ________
While waiting to see Polar Express yesterday, I went to Borders for the Times and scored the last copy of the book I've been waiting for, Antonio D'Ambrosio's collection Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer. I then read my piece twice before the movie started and was more pleased than usual with the finished product, despite a couple minor editorial miscues. I've been getting annoyed at my prose style of late, but it works well in this context. The best part, though, is the back cover:

It can't get much better than that, from my perspective. I'm honored in the extreme. The book's editor -- not to mention author of several of its pieces -- was incredibly nice to work with throughout. This, however, is the orange-rind flavored icing on my favorite orange cake.

Mode: delightning
Muse: Shaktar Donetsk - Joe Strummer - Global A Go Go

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masoo From: masoo Date: November 29th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's hella fine company, Charlie ... you deserve it!

You have to promote yourself more often ... I didn't even know this book existed, and now I have to have it!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 01:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for the kind words! I was saving the news. I still need to track down the one you're in. I'm not much of an online orderer.

slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 29th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's awesome! You and Lester Bangs!! :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Both the Marcus and the Bangs are reprints, clearly, but it still feels great. When's your book coming out?
slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 30th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Who knows! Are you talking about the Asian American popular culture collection? We're revising it in response to readers' reports right now. Sucks.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, yes. I'm sorry.
slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 29th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Also, how did you find Polar Express? I don't plan on seeing it because I haaate Tom Hanks, and the characters creep me out. My brother who did see it claims the ending is all about brainwashing (willing oneself to hear a bell and believe in Santa, or whatever) and the fascist spectacle (orderly and disciplined elves paying tribute to their fuhrer Santa).
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: November 29th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know about Charlie, but I can totally see that reading. When the setting of the "North Pole" first filled the screen, I leanded over to Charlie and commented, "Look, it's St. Petersburg." And there are zillions of little red elves. It's a much more complicated movie than one is initially led to believe. I liked it (and I LOATHE Tom Hanks).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I had a long talk with knicoliniabout Polar Express last night. We both dislike Tom Hanks. But we were moved -- distressingly so, in my case -- by the film, even though it was very formulaic. Of course, "formulaic" means "classic" sometimes. If you like those classic Christmas films like Miracle on 34th Street, you're sure to at least enjoy Polar Express. And if you can't stand them, you'll probably hate it. One thing knicolini smartly pointed out is that Polar Express references mid-20th Century realism and magic realism in painting. For those, like me, who are conditioned to respond to artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Polar Express is particularly hard to not be hooked by.
tommix From: tommix Date: November 29th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You'll always be ahead of Greil Marcus in my estimation, Charlie. And the back cover simply confirms this.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 01:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Why, thank you! I'm pro-Marcus, even though it's sort of like being pro-Wilco. But I know many who aren't.

Happy birthday, again!
tommix From: tommix Date: November 30th, 2004 03:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love, love, love "Lipstick Traces." But "Mystery Train" and "The Dustbin of History" don't really strike me at the visceral level the way "Lipstick Traces" does.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, Mystery Train came so much earlier that it seems unfair to hold it to the same standard. For its time, it was pretty great. I still like it.

I don't think his work since Lipstick Traces measures up to either of his landmark books. But there's lots of good stuff all the same.
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