Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 62

How I came to write about Margueritte Duras in this blog.

The thing about the Book of Books was that one book, just as one film or idea, leads to another. The things you can know something about are vast. This ‘period of study’ began when I read Stewart Home’s book Memphis Underground a few weeks ago. As I was reading it, I thought, I’m the only person in the world who can appreciate this book. None of my friends have the prerequisites to be interested in it, but I love it. And what does that make me? Maybe all books are like that. Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 62”

Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 61

Here’s an excerpt from my Book of Books about the late Chrisopher Hitchens.

Thomas Jefferson: author of america • Christopher Hitchens

Angela and I drove to La Jolla to see Hitchens speak at DG Wills Books. I counted roughly 60 people inside the bookstore and out on the sidewalk (where we were.) Dennis Wills bought Hitchens a bottle of Johnny Walker Black and Rothmans Blue King Canadian cigarettes. (I heard Wills on the phone another time wooing Maureen Dowd to speak with red roses.) Wills seemed nervous, passing the scotch around to friends and sipping his usual Pabst’s Blue Ribbon. I was going to ask for a hit off the bottle but couldn’t get close enough. Hitchens spoke eloquently about Jefferson, and breezed through an easy appostion with the audience, mostly concerning people he’d known or written about from Mother Teresa to Hunter Thompson. I wanted to ask if he’d written the Jefferson book as a response to Gore Vidal’s Inventing America, but didn’t get the chance. Hitchens pushed the automatic applause button in a comment about a recent terrorist bombing We love London, more than they love hatred. Sure, terrorism personifies horror, but wasn’t England bombing and shooting people every day in Iraq and Afghanistan? This kind of patriotic sentiment seemed to deny inevitable blowback. He wrote that Jefferson (like Bush IIs Doctrine formerly the Project for a New American Century) intended democracy as an American export. He pointed to Jefferson’s agitation in The French Revolution, highlighting the fact that Jefferson used executive power (like Bush II) undemocratically. Hitchens was building a case for the necessary abuse of power, like We can have justice, follow the constitution and uphold the rights of man, later. Cecil called to say that Hitchens was on the Jon Stewart Show, and that Stewart, a comedian, summed the book Bush is Jefferson.

Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 60

This salad is one of our favorite dishes. (Clipped from the OB People’s Coop newsletter.)

Golden Beet and Kale Salad

1 kale, sliced thin

3/4 cup golden beets,  peel & shred

2 carrots, shred

1/4  bunch green onion

1/4 cup crunchy hempseeds

1/2 bell pepper, sliced

1/3 cup olive oil

4 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp tahini

2 or 3 minced  garlics

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp basil

Put vegies in a bowl. Mix other  stuff in a blender til smooth. Pour, toss, serve.


kale salad