Happy Oktoberfest!

October 12, 2018 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | LIFE |

12 October 1810: First Oktoberfest held in Munich to celebrate the nuptials of Ludwig I and Princess Therese.  The Varnished Culture offers a sad Oktoberfest song, to be sung to the tune of “All Out of Love” by Air Supply (with apologies). I’m lying alone with my head on the phone, Thinking of you till it hurts, I know you’d be true but what else can we do Tormented and torn apart, I wish I could carry you right in my hands For times when my life seems so low, It would make me believe what tomorrow could bring When today doesn’t…

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The Football Solution

By George Megalogenis (2018) First, one disclamatory reason for liking this book. At a pub on the south side of Adelaide on AFL Grand Final day, 2017, I was the sole Richmond supporter (wearing my Glenelg Tigers scarf and barracking for my 2nd team) which earned plenty of dirty looks.  Outside a restaurant in town after the match, I caught the eye of an Adelaide Crows fan, bedecked in all the gear, packing his sullen family into a people-mover.  Without a trace of sarcasm (because I’ve seen a few losing Grand Finals, and you don’t rub it in in such…

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H. L. Mencken and Götterdämmerung

September 11, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, METAPHYSICS, Non-Fiction |

Wotan's ravens (by Arthur Rackham)

H.L.Mencken, 12 September, 1880 Mencken buried lots of idols, icons, and foolish ideas.  He also buried a swathe of gods: “Huitzilopochtli…was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that [his mother, a virtuous widow] carried on with the sun…But to-day Huitzilopochtli is as Marie Corelli. Once the peer of Allah, Buddha and Wotan, he is now the peer of Father Rasputin, J.B. Planché, Sadi Carnot, General Boulanger, Lottie Collins, and Little Tich.”* Mencken goes on to list some 114 gods and comments: “They were gods of the highest standing and dignity – gods of civilized peoples – worshipped and believed in by…

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Hal Ashby

September 2, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, LIFE |

Born 2 September 1929, Ashby was ultimately destroyed by the counterculture that fostered him.  Starting with impressive editing work in the 1960s, he had a run of really interesting films in the 1970s: Harold and Maude (1971) (Suicide sure is funny in this film, as is the family priest’s “talk” with Harold about his relationship with a virtual octogenarian…) The Last Detail (1973) Shampoo (1975) Bound for Glory (1976) Coming Home (1978) Being There (1979)

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Tigers: Season 2018 in emojis

August 27, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Angry, out of the race, but still determined to swing it around...

Our 18 games as expressed in the idiom of internet idiograms. Game 1:     Glenelg loses to South in a pathetic Good Friday performance…38 points…season off to an abysmal start. Game 2:   Bays drop a close one (3 points) at home to Port. Game 3:   ‘What’s going on?’ Bays knock off Norwood by 31 points (!) Yay! P, in L.A., waits 24 hours to give L the bad news… Game 4:   Tigers lose to Eagles…again! 61 points!?! Game 5:  Bays having a laugh…thumped at home by Centrals. 33 points. Game 6:   Yee-haw! Tigers beat West @ Richmond. 25 points. Game 7:  Comfortable…

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