Priscilla Fairbanks had just stepped off the plane. She handed the customs officer her passport. "What were you doing in Iran?" he demanded. "I told him I was a part of a peace delegation," said Fairbanks. "He replied belligerently, sarcastically, 'I don't know who you think you are kidding.' "
The motions of cutting and slicing, of moving from stove to oven to sink, are like a ballet, one that makes me lose myself in the sensuality of aromas and touch. As I worked, worries about the economy evaporated with the steam from the tea kettle, and even concerns about my boys faded away. They were out playing, yelling like
savages, sweating beneath the bulk of their outerwear and in spite of the frigid air. This is what kids are supposed to be doing, playing unsupervised in the great outdoors, instead
of being stuck inside with an electronic gizmo.
Once again. In case it isn't clear. The main purpose our city
government serves is to take your tax dollars and line the pockets of
the local developers and politicians with zero regard for the citizens.
I'd be interested in any links to any articles, meeting notices etc
about how Columbia ended up with the contract to do this work. Please
don't tell me it is too complicated to understand. This is basic
project management. And it appears very simple. Mayor Jennings is owned
by BBL/Columbia as are the rest of the politicians in this state. When
there is a large pool of tax payer dollars up for grabs in Albany, they
get it. Simple.
It's that time of year, when cinemagoers can wilt under the onslaught of new movies. Today, I saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It's everything people are saying. Ann Morrow will be reviewing it in print in a couple of weeks--after this Thursday's Year in Pictures and the following Thursday's Year in Review issue, neither of which have what we like to call back-of-the-book content--but I'll be talking about Tim Burton's dark, dark, dark musical on WAMC's The Roundtable Thursday (Dec. 27) at 10:39 AM or thereabouts.
Right now, you can read reviews of Margot at the Wedding by Laura Leon and The King of Kong by Ann Morrow.
Alas, King of Kong only played one week--but the DVD arrives next month.