I’ve been following the career of this “science” for quite a while, and I’m still quite impressed. Not only is its method much more effective than rhythm’s, it still finds time to focus on what is really important, such as what is the most healthful means of mixing a cocktail.
Blessings on your head, science, and please let me know of any other ways of increasing both my intoxication and my health you might find.
Got a lovely gift basket today. Thought I should share. Yay! And thanks!
When you were a kid, you learned how to write well. The lesson was simple. It outlined a process that is simple to do, but difficult to execute. The lesson taught the process of writing well, the hazards and frustrations involved in execution of the process and the benefits of completion. You didn’t learn it in a lesson called “here’s how you write,” or in “sentence diagramming,” or even in “the perfect five paragraph essay.” You learned it when you probably didn’t even know how to form words into sentences, maybe even before you could read.
There is a story that everyone’s familiar with that teaches you how to write like a pro: Read more…
In the Academy Award™-winning An American In Paris, the man’s dancer, Gene Kelly, plays an American ex-GI lingering in Paris to perfect his painting craft. While working on creating his works of art in the city of light, he seems to spend even more time, singing and dancing, much to the delight of this movie viewer.
Gene Kelly in Repose
Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, and he’s magnificent, certainly a large chunk of the reason why this picture won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1952. (Gene didn’t even get nominated for Best Actor, but with Bogart in African Queen, Brando in On The Waterfront, Montgomery Clift in A Place In The Sun, and Fredric March in Death of a Salesman, he didn’t really have a chance.) Jerry moves with that grounded, earthy style that half a century’s reviewers have already discussed and examined better than I ever could.
I only bring this all up because, despite the fact that Gene Kelly dances like a guy, sings like that fellow with the good voice down at the pub, and somehow makes painting seem like the sort of profession that any man’s man might take up immediately after hunting Nazis, Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan is a jerk, a very poor example of the behavior of a gentleman. Read more…