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At the Forum Theatre: Complete Recordings
At the Forum Theatre: Complete Recordings
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond nostalgia!, February 23, 2009
Of course the rating is not objective since I was on the record. Hard to believe that it's now well over 50 years ago!

For family reasons, I missed the cover photo shoot and haven't seen the pictures from that session but I was very thrilled to have been a part of the proceedings - in particular because of my roles as: percussionist and lyricist (I wrote the words for "Line for Lyons").

Love. (Bill Loughborough)
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Accidents of Nature
Accidents of Nature
by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book?, February 9, 2008
This review is from: Accidents of Nature (Hardcover)
For some unfathomable reason the publisher issued this via their "childrens book" imprint. The implication that this is not for a mature audience may have kept it from getting the notice it deserves.

Harriet McBryde Johnson is a great story-teller and that most of her stories reflect her own experience is natural. That they also have broader social/political ramifications (without being "preachy") is equally important.

This is a milestone in disability rights literature largely because it gets so much of significance about the "movement" across in a format that should be accessible to mainstream folks.


Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life
Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life
by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America Needs Crips!, April 19, 2005
In her "Unspeakable Conversations" piece, Johnson distills all the Disability Rights Movements' often academic arguments into "We enjoy pleasures...We have something the world needs."

In so doing, she frees herself (and us) from the depressing statistics about bigotry/discrimination/incarceration/murder and instead makes the importance of this human rights struggle's triumph seem to have a chance of success.

It's a completely different approach than Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" but with any luck could have a similar effect on society.

By telling stories that have been honed through repeated smaller-audience repetitions, she gets the essentially exultant message of our shared humanity across in great style.

If you wondered "why the caged bird sings" (thank you, Maya!), this collection provides lots of answers. From the heights of chutzpah of invoking (with absolutely no basis) a set of bodyguards from the Fruit of Islam through the prima donna encounter with the Times' photographer (and the tasty accreditation of her in the acknowledgements), she lays bare why we hope her rationality/humanity might even sway Prof. Singer from unfortunate sociopath to advocate.


Genesis Of A Music: An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots, And Its Fulfillments, Second Edition
Genesis Of A Music: An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots, And Its Fulfillments, Second Edition
by Harry Partch
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You had to be there., January 23, 2005
I was a part of Harry's world for a time in the mid 1950s, maybe even a colleague as well as a devotee of sorts. I took a 40 year sabbatical and am again working in the field of musical instrument design/manufacture/performance.

This book is like a bible to me in many ways but what most of the reviews lack is the experience of having "been there, heard/felt that" which is a requirement for really getting it.

All the theoretical/philosophical considerations are mere historical/philosophical blather compared to actually being around the music itself. The implications of "corporeal" in terms of making/experiencing music rather than talking *about* music are very profound. You can get some idea from sound recordings, videos/films, or Web sites but unless you take part in the experience, you have no idea what's happening here.

I'm sure plenty (most?) people who encountered it were isolated from experiencing it fully by their backgrounds (nature or nurture), but for those who were moved, his work was the palpable exemplification of "profound". His picture should appear in the dictionary entry for "genius".

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The Right to Useful Unemployment: And Its Professional Enemies
The Right to Useful Unemployment: And Its Professional Enemies
by Ivan Illich
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the life he sings about in his song., December 31, 2004
The book rates 5 stars for its writing. The premise is interesting and forms a decent basis for analyz(s)ing a human societal condition but he moans too loudly about what its effects are and mis-predicts what's been happening.

In fact there are more of us, both in number and as a proportion of humankind who are "usefully unemployed". The "professional enemies" of this right/art are increasingly ridiculed/ignored despite their mostly effective power grab - the power they grab finally corrupts them so near absolutely that they become impotent therefrom and the doctor who gets his portfolio value higher and his golf handicap lower is made poorer if not thereby then therewith.

More people let their awareness of "rat race" "cognitive overload" and other nomenclatural descriptions of our riches affect their activities and we are increasingly info-source as well as info-sinks. There isn't really less reading going on but it's clear that there's more writing being done, and that's leading to an understanding that it's the act of expression that matters whether one finds audience for such as this or not.

I'm as enriching as I am enriched from building musical instruments and making music with them even though only a handful get used by others and almost nobody hears what I play. The book overlooks this phenomenon's burgeoning.

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THX 1138 (Two-Disc Director's Cut  Special Edition)
THX 1138 (Two-Disc Director's Cut Special Edition)
DVD ~ Robert Duvall
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You were there!, September 18, 2004
I haven't seen the new DVD version, but I assume that my part (a comparatively brief voice-over bit) is intact. We (my crime partner, Henry Jacobs and the excellent sound editor Walter Murch) spent part of an afternoon doing a sound track for a scene in which some "interrogation torture" goes on, as I recall it's a cattle prod?

The main thing I remember is how easy/loose everybody was and how much good Walter got out of an almost off-hand performance by me and Henry. I saw the film a couple of times but the last time was over 20 years ago so I remember it more for being associated with it than any visual/audible/plot details. I was the director of San Francisco's satirical improvisational theater company "The Committee" at the time and several of our actors had small parts and voice-overs in the film.

It was a great fun experience and typified the creativity then rampant in the "Summer of Love" era in The City.

Will B. Love

Ask a Woman Who Knows
Ask a Woman Who Knows
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closure is marvelous, September 25, 2002
This review is from: Ask a Woman Who Knows (Audio CD)
More than forty years ago I wrote the lyrics to my late partner's (David "Buck" Wheat) music for "Better Than Anything" and soon after our pal Bob Dorough recorded it, it became a sort of "jazz standard".
It's been recorded by dozens of excellent performers over the decades since and was part of the live acts of Lena Horne and Phyllicia Rashad. Al Jarreau and Tuck & Patti versions represented the largest royalty base.
Now two of the premier songstresses of our time have done a wonderful duet version and one old "aging hippie/beatnik/bohemian" is experiencing euphoria.
It's better than anything.

XSLT: Mastering XML Transformations
XSLT: Mastering XML Transformations
by Doug Tidwell
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's neXt?, March 12, 2002
This will form the basis for preparing materials for the World Wide Web for years to come. XML/XSLT are sufficiently usable examples of SGML potential to make possible the "everyone, everything connected" dream that we all long for.
The only real "problem" is that it's in print so you can't contract/expand the too-lengthy code examples that interfere with a smooth read of the essential materials. The code is, after all, for machines to read. The rest of us just jump over it.
A really nice book.

Embraceable You
Embraceable You
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Long Delayed, March 12, 2002
This review is from: Embraceable You (Audio CD)
Dick Bock recorded this and it stayed on a shelf for 40 years! It is the only significant recording of David Wheat whose guitar forms a lusher background than any orchestra ever did for the remarkable intimacy Chet conveys with voice and horn. I was very close to both men so might not be fully objective, but this is a truly incredible/hypnotic/addictive work.
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The Complete Book Of Hold 'Em Poker: A Comprehensive Guide to Playing and Winning
The Complete Book Of Hold 'Em Poker: A Comprehensive Guide to Playing and Winning
by Gary Carson
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there!, October 23, 2001
Most books on Hold 'Em Poker focus on one of two types of games: the high limit, good player, tight games usually described as Vegas (or Bellagio) Hold 'Em; or the super-loose, usually low limit games played in your neighborhood card room. This book addresses both rather well. It focuses on the fact that a poker player is making a continuous series of bets on some of which the odds situation is clear and some speculative. That's what makes the game fascinating and also makes this a useful book.
The only reason for not having the fifth star is that one still doesn't get a notion of how much patience this all takes. But you can't have everything in one book, so this is highly recommended.

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