The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

So, it seems that the “In the Cold Waste” postings (1, 2, and 3) from last week stirred the fecal material a little bit when LIQcity and Queenscrap linked into them. If you’re inclined, check out the comment threads on their posts, my favorite one by far is from an anonymous commenter at LIQcity that said “The Newtown Pentacle person has to learn to write. I feel like Liberace or Elton John are his inspiration“.

If you want to hurt me, compare me to some latter day August Derleth, or call me an unlettered and revisionist neo-prudentialitarian with no scholarly legs to stand on- but Elton John? I’m just interested in stuff, some guy in a filthy black raincoat on the side of the road, nobody cares what I think but I still have the right to an opinion or two. Conversely, I can and will defend my opinions and admit when I’m wrong.

Maybe I do find the story of Liberace somewhat inspirational. I do prefer Elton’s vocals on “Pinball Wizard” from the movie album to the straight up Daltrey version.

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Discomforting and odd as it is, the theme music for most days is not Liberace or Elton John, it’s actually sides 2 & 3 of “The Wall“-

and speaking of England… Check out this post at BoingBoing about the “war on Photography” over in Britain.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Also, I haven’t mentioned the podcast bliss that is Dan Carlin, have I? If podcasting could win an Academy Award, Dan would own many little statues for his recent “Ostfront” episodes of the Hardcore History series, exploring the deep history of the War on the Eastern Front between Nazi and Soviet during World War 2 (proving the point that you never want to piss off a Russian in his house, those people are insane and cannot be beaten on their home turf).

Ostfront factoid: During a spell of severe weather which had destroyed a road, the Russians marched their German POW’s to a ditch and forced them to lie down in it- spaced out in regular intervals. The Soviets poured water into the ditch, allowing the russian winter to freeze the dead solid and build them a corduroy road out of their enemies. Don’t screw around with a Russian in his house. Crazy.

Carlin’s “Common Sense” show is the most cogent discussion of modern politics I’ve been able to find anywhere. Available through iTunes, Podcast Alley, and others, follow this link to to check out the king of the hill and listen to some actual editorial journalism.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

And just as a note, today, January 6, is Three kings Day.

Written by Mitch Waxman

January 6, 2010 at 4:44 am

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