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"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."

- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."

- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"

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Sunday, 5 February 2006
Documenting the Madness
Topic: Announcements

Documenting the Madness

The new issue of Just Above Sunset, the weekly magazine-format parent to this daily web log, was posted online an hour or two before the sun came up here in Hollywood. This is Volume 4, Number 6 for the week of Sunday, February 5, 2006 - a balance of commentary and images - five detailed analyses of the major news events of week just gone by, and five pages of unusual images of Los Angeles and Hollywood.

The commentary covers the major events that swirled around the State of the Union speech, and the war of the t-shirts, and then there was the war of the cartoons, as Danish embassies around the world are now being torched. And there were a few other things where the inflexible meet the puzzled, and no one is happy. Dive in and you'll see.

The images? Old Hollywood in all its seedy glory, the secular oddball movie location next to the Catholic church where Bing Crosby got married, the park where Ricky Nelson wrote fifties rock songs under the bust of Rudolph Valentino, the giant factory built to look like a thirties ocean liner, and some startling botanical shots.

Bob Patterson is back, showing how the past informs the present in very odd ways, and, as the Book Wrangler, offering incredibly practical advice to writers who are serious about getting published.

There are three new photo albums on the Links and Recommendations page, supplementing this week's regular collection.

The quotes this week? What does keep us from thinking clearly?

Note: The International Desk is dark this week. Ric Erickson, Our Man is Paris, is deep in the rebuilding of his own website, MetropoleParis, and Our Man in London, Mike McCahill, is busy writing for The Scotsman. Our man in Tel-Aviv may check in one of these weeks.

Direct links to specific pages -

Current Events ______________________

Paying Attention: Thirteen Ways of Looking at the News (with apologies to Wallace Stevens)
On Consistency: Sometimes truculent rigidity masquerading as intellectual seriousness just gets you in trouble...
Light Fog: Making Much of Nothing (the State of the Union Speech)
Getting Serious: The War of the Shirts (and other matters)
Cartoon Wars: The Sacred and the Profane

Bob Patterson ______________________

WLJ Weekly: from the desk of the World's Laziest Journalist - Those Who Forget The Past ... Might Overlook A Great Topic For Their Next Column
Book Wrangler: The Easiest Part Of Selling What You Write, Is Writing It!

Southern California Photography ______________________

Gritty Hollywood
Hollywood Landmarks: Worldly and Otherworldly
The Good Ship Coca-Cola
A Resting Place: De Longpre Park
Botanicals: Groundhog Day Blooms

Quotes of the week of February 5, 2006 - Let's think this through...

Links and Recommendations: Three New Photo Albums

One of the photographs - differing opinion on what's important, at the Corner of Selma and Cosmo in Hollywood, Thursday, February 2nd -

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