Re: PC & the Internet - Sun, 25 Aug 1996
Your faxes arrived this afternoon--they're just what the pastor ordered!
I'm expecting to fax them to Montreal, starting tomorrow, and we'll see
which ones Keith Tomasek picks.
Thanks also for the eloquent message from [name deleted] (aka [screenname deleted]).
I was particularly fetched with her expletive, "Gosh darn it!!). What
ever happened to god damn it? That used to appear all the time in the
newspapers ("This is a FAMILY newspaper," thunders the sanctimonious
Star-Trombone, despite their failure to indicate that anyone under 30
even looks at it beyond the un-funny pages and the jockstrap nuz).
Contemplating this has given rise to the faint possibility that PC can be
traced to women who insist that everyone use a gender-free language and
the professors who want to impress these women, either professionally or
for the purposes of getting into their pants. Thus, they have imposed a
tyranny on the campuses which has spread to the quasi-intellectual
world, and from there to the moronic media. Any thoughts? It by no
means is any sort of firm theory, but an amusing possibility to question.
Re: relationships - Mon, 26 Aug 1996
Matt starts out with a bang, but then Dave Barry takes over with his
customary, generic guy bashing. Maybe I am from another planet, but when
with a woman I care about, that relationship is the most important
thought in my mind. Hell, I flew down to Argentina to meet Mengele and
the Nazis, with my mind totally preoccupied with the woman I was in love
with who, it had become increasingly clear during the week we spent
together in New York, was getting edgy and wanting to return to normal.
Also, the words relationship, committment, and other current buzz words
mean nothing to me.
Re: hope springs eternal - Tue, 27 Aug 1996
What the hell is RCW? And why do all these (presumably) horny ladies
write coments such as "hehehehehehehehehe" and "heh,heh"? This love
affair that springs up with anyone remotely connected with Our Secret
Show (cancelled & buried) are so gushy and purple. I don't object or
even pass judgement on any of this, but they seem to enjoy making fools
of themselves in public? Nothing new about that; men do it everyday and
baseball, football, and basketball games, strutting, thumping their
chests, and waggling their index fingers to indicate that they are Number
One--I presume, horse's asses.
However, I do still enjoy whizzinbg through these delights, and thank you
for bringing a touch of comic relief to otherwise dreadful days.
Yours in Christ,
Re: retooling shows - Fri, 30 Aug 1996
Aren't her comments akin to floggin a dead metaphor. CBS made up its mind
and cancelled DS. No other network has seen fit to pick it up, despite
the enormous clamoring on the internet.
The brilliant piece you wrote about FK (that I'm still trying to sell!)
seemed to indicate that FK followers pursued the networks and production
companies directly over the internet even before the show was officially
cancelled. The DS faithful seem content to weep, wail, and rail to one
another, instead of trying to get a different network to pick it up. Why
this discrepancy? Lack of unified leadership or someone to issue marching
orders, along with behaving like a pack of soap opera die-hards mourning
a replaced favorite actor.
The DS stuff does sound whinyer and more bitter than the FK fighters.
PS: thre tapes came today. Than you many times over again!!
Re: how to tie your wallet to your underwear - Tue, 3 Sep 1996
It sounds like there's an epidemic of lust-filled, Mountie-mad maidens
out there who are turning the DS wire into a not-so-flaccid porn page.
God bless 'em & keep them coming. Perhaps they should be known as Auntie
Mounties or Mounty Margarets? It's time to mount up by climbing back
into the saddle again.
Re: DS [Due South] - Fri, 6 Sep 1996
I have discovered the Final Solution to the DS whiners, sobbers, horny
panters, and virtually all the sorority those erotic throbbings make the
internet jump orgasmically:
YOU, who probably has the hugest collection of anyone on the
internet, should round up all the letters, reports, articles,
testimonial, and naked declarations of lust, and PASS THEM ON TO PAUL
GROSS! Forget about those ozone heads at CBC and CBS who don't recognize
the enormous erotic appeal of this show (no joking here!), but sock it to
Adonis himself. And ask for a commentary back to you.
Paul might decide that it'sd time to forget his personal life and move on
to acting as a sex symbol for all these women (and men--not many
comments from gays, I notice. hmmmm...). Or then again, he might be
willing to sacrifixw his image (especially now that he wants to write
more), and suggest a vist to the nearest sex-toy shoppe for his own brand
of autographed, eblazoned vibrators or dildos, complete with hat on the end.
Departing from the realm of fantasy of the DS watchers, I have some
interesting news. Your two synopses went out to Keith Tomasek today,
while different flightd took off with a priority package for you, which
includes a number of photos. There is one in an envelope asking if an
old picture can be cleaned up via computer. Should you agree to scan
these, the next question is whether to put them on a photo CD disk or
just pipe them down to Photois, Inc, to make negatives or prints.
When you finally have seen enough, why don't you call me with specific
questions to which I can address specific responses?
Meanwhile, I tried out your summary of some producers who will take
pitches over the phone, and they all agreed to consider your scripts.
This marks the end of an incredible day for me (seven major projects
resolved or sent for disposition), the second such day in a row, which is
equivalent to one of those four day spans a month or two ago.
Melissa is turning out to be a golden find. She is prompt and precise,
stating her opinion unequivocally, but in such a way that it can be
I'm giving her an increased work load, and she doesn't even flutter an
eyelid. I presume you are up to date on everything going between
Minneapolis and Fargo, and I's appreciate any running commentary, as you
Christ, I'm falling asleep at the computer and it's only 8:40 pm our
time. I'll get back to you, or better yet, call you over the weekend.
Love and chocolate,
If only... - Sun, 8 Sep 1996
CBS gave us a better break
CBS burned with the passion of PBS
The world were a nicer place
Not so many doozies used HECK instead of HELL
People could react to TV shows themselves, without prodding
Fan clubs were outlawed
Fandom's brilliant repartee could be printed in a book
The burning rage could be directed at producers,
instead of being posted for doozies only to see
They would only shut up until the next programming crisis hits
They had some prayer of how to spend their free time
They didn't wallow in such whining mediocrity...
the world might be a happier place.
Just a thought. No particular venom this evening. Christ, I'm used to
5-15 messages awaiting me every morning (most of them from you). Walking
around in a perpetual state of exhaustion is no fun, either. You should
have the photos Monday or Tuesday.
Re: If only... - Sun, 8 Sep 1996
>>>I wondered if you were still up. Just got in from dinner. Miss you.>>>
I too just got home from a draining afternoon of playing with the Better
Than Nothing Dirt Band at a farewell party for someone I barely know.
Re: Video art - Wed, 11 Sep 1996
My god, woman. Your video scanning is breathtaking. The giraffe is
superb. The one of my mother--taken approximately 90 years ago, could
probably use a slight touch of cleaning in the face. What do you think
about the background? Perhaps a tint would soften the stairs.
As far as Greg with the pup, you did a magnificent job. Since those are
dark green bushes behind him, do you think that would help?
Miscellaneous startling thoughts - Sat, 14 Sep 1996
While breezing through your message trash bin, I noticed a reference to
"The Masochism Tango" as something you want. I have it on CD and can
dub it directly onto SP tape. I have most of Tom Lehrer's stuff, along
with Stan Freberg's "Green Christmas" and "The United States of America"
parts one AND the just-released part two. The words are worth liatening
to, and I'm happy to dub them onto one hour videotape. The same applies
to all of Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach recordings.
I probably have never mentioned this, but I have a huge collection of
CDs--mostly classical and opera, with some Irish and Russian music. My
LP collection is even vaster--and more catholic, since I have inherited a
few collections from deceased friends.
Next time you call, ask me about it, and I can tell you exactly what I
have, record anything you want (how about some Gilbert & Sullivan?) and
pop them into the mail to you in short order. Probably my favorite
export the past several months has been Jussi Bjoerling singing "Cantique
de Noel--Oh Holy Night" in Swedish with full orchestra and chorus...the
week before his death at age 49. It's very stirring. Also there is a lot
of theatter music, from Bernstein to "Man of La Mancha" with Placido
Domingo, Mandy Patinkin, and Sam Ramey; all the Mozart symphonies,
several volumes of early-instrument Mozart symphonies, all of Dvorak--you
name it and if I don't have it I can usually find it.
Chimes and pan flutes,
Re: Gettysburg Obsession - Thu, 02 Jul 1998
Gottcha! I too am obsessed over those three days (the second of which took place 135 years ago today) and don't know if it will end. Like you, I've read everything I can get my hands on...and have found that the books about Gettysburg are legion but not all of equal value.
Regarding the book you are reading, any Confederate viewpoint of that battle written much before 1985 is going to preach the "Lost Cause" Doctrine---part of which is to blame Longstreet entirely for Gettysburg. Even before I read two recent books that exploded that view as twaddle, it always amazed me that Longstreet should take the rap for urging Lee to change his battle plan by cutting behind the Union troops and forcing the Yanks to attack them.
However, in 1987 I read Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant by William Garrett Piston (University of Georgia Press, 1987) and finally found some relief from the grotesque copycat syndrome still prevalent among academic historians. This delightful book is short, to the point, points out the flaws in that argument, and quotes Lee on Longstreet after the battle and after the war. a more recent book, General James Longstreet, by Jeffrey D Wert (Simon & Schuster, 1994), offers more evidence of Longstreet's military brilliance and his attempts to carry out Lee's orders today. He was told to storm the Federal heights at Little Round Top, and damned near succeeded in taking it. I often wonder (and search through footnotes, letters, etc.) just how many participants at Gettysburg formed long friendships with their opposites after the war. For example, did Longstreet ever meet Chamberlain? He and Hancock were old class pals at West Point, as were most of the top generals.
Let me urge you to read Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (Oxford, 1988) as the premier one-volume history of the Civil War. This book really got me cranked up on the subject. It's out in a trade paperback version.
Where oh where did you find Longstreet's memoirs on line??? Have you found any other useful urls for this battle? I've got two copies of Longstreet's memoirs (From Manasses to Appomattox here, one being annotated. But I'd love to jump into them on line. How did you find them? National Archives? Library of Congress? Papers of___??? Please enlighten (and earn undying gratitude from an ardent, albeit distant admirer).
It sounds like you're really getting caught by the historical mania, so we probably should spend some time on the phone soon and see if there is anything we can pass on to one another. I've got books and books about the battle, most of them collections of professorial essays which are all but useless.
Speaking of the Michael Shaara novel that inspired the movie, have you read his son Jeff's Prequel, Gods and Generals (Ballantine, 1996) and, just out, The Last Full Measure (Ballantine, just released this month)? The first followed a handful of men from 1857 until the eve of Gettysburg. The second book, which I have just started and hope to gobble down swiftly in order to review it, covers the aftermath of Gettysburg to the end of the Civil War. He writes very much like his father did....they both caught me a few times when I thought I was reading non-fiction, but wondering how they knew what Chamberlain or Longstreet were thinking.
I'm going to slip two book reviews I wrote on the subject into the mail box, unless you tell me that your fax is receptive.
Welcome to the Krazy Klub!!
PS: Don't knock "Deep Impact"--it was written by the brother of a client of ours who is an excellent writer.
Mary Van Deusen wrote:
Having returned from Gettysburg, I'm still obsessed by the topic. I'm
collecting quite a library and am in the midst of reading the Confederate Army
at Gettysburg, first copyrighted in 1956. This is a VERY pro Lee, anti
Longstreet point of view that says that Longstreet was jealous of Lee's
relationship with Jackson and assumed that with Jackson's death he would
Lee's strategizing partner. It has him delaying his attack out of sulkiness
rather than principle.
By the way, the entire memoirs of Longstreet are online.
Have you investigated these points of view enough to have some clarifying
thoughts for me?
I also found the battle maps used in the West Point military history class.
And I used to say that Paul studied his way to China. I've read the book you
sent, listened to the short book tape, the long book tape and have watched the
movie more times than you want to imagine. I can almost recite it. Well,
better this than Deep Impact.
Hoping you're well and enjoying your humorous postings.
GETTYSBURG - Sun, 23 Aug 1998
Hi Mary, I've been worrying about your Gettysburg obsession. I'm afraid it's incurable. I still cannot stay away for very long without the tremor setting in and the spine turning to mush.
I presume you've read Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. His son, Jeff, wrote a not-so-hot prequel, but last night I finished Jeff's account from Gettysburg to Appomattox in The Last Full Measure, a stunning book. I think you might enjoy it.
How are your other projects coming along? It just occurred to me that your project might have great appeal for the slow down time thought for-a-day calendars that are just coming out now.
Take care and don't forget your prayer.
Seeking your permission - Fri, 07 May 1999
A few weeks ago, I started working with the delightful people who put
out Today in History as a subscription list. I think I sent you the
first notice of my participation when it appeared on April 12.
The interest in the history page and its offshoot, Spotlight on History,
seems to have given the list a hefty shot of growth hormone.
When they asked me for a biographical summary, I referred them to the
best one I've ever seen on the internet, the one written by you. The
people at Today in History would like to lift parts of that page and run
it under my name. Naturally, your original credit, InterMedia
Enterprises, will be run.
May we have this permission?
Thanks so much,
PS: Have you considered the possibility of an original book about your
unique family? I think your research has been impeccable and your
doggedness inspired. Let's talk about getting you into print soon!
Memories of Brian