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we circle around, we circle around the boundaries of the earth. the boundaries of the earth.
wearing our long-winged feathers as we fly, wearing our long-winged feathers as we fly.
we circle around, we circle around the boundaries of the sky.

~ Arapaho

Lena Dunham (OMG J’adore) has made a video about her first time. Voting, that is. And it’s peachy keen. Even better, many GOPsters with no sense of humor have called her out on it. It effing rocks and here it is; please watch and share. One week to go, mes cheres. Mon Dieu! Has this not been the longest presidential campaign in history?

The photo of the week is of a child dressed as a bear coming face to face with a real bear. It’s, um, genius.

The original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar was released on October 27, 1970. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice called it a “rock opera concept album” and it was not staged as a Broadway play/musical until the following year. Rice and Webber went on to become among the most successful Broadway composers in history, and this amazing double album was one of the earliest highlights in their spectacular career. The music holds up today and remains a staple on my iPod.
(thanks to Bill Sobel for this nugget)

One of my favorite photo tumblrs at the moment is this one, where a work colleague of mine who’s an ace photographer posts images she takes surreptitiously on the subway.

Here’s one of the best Halloween ideas I’ve ever seen. Take Back Halloween calls itself “A costume guide for women with imagination.” This is the inaugural venture of the Real History Project, conceived in 2010 “as a series of projects to popularize knowledge of the past—the real stuff, not just the Dead White Male version of history,” per Suzanne Scoggins, a writer and feminist who specializes in women’s history. There are four categories: Glamour Girls, Goddesses and Legends, Notable Women, and Queens. And the best part is these costume ideas can be easily created with readily available materials. Check out my favorite Mexican goddess, Ixchel.  Also you can help fund the site via Suzanne’s Kickstarter campaign.

During the taping of a recent David Frost Special that is due to air next month on Al-Jazeera, Paul McCartney stated that Yoko Ono did not break up the Beatles. “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” he said. Although Paul did, he admits, find it difficult that Yoko sat in on the recording sessions (she basically followed John everywhere at the time), he didn’t and doesn’t blame her for the group’s disbanding. As someone who grieved egregiously when the Beatles broke up in 1970, I can tell you this actually means a lot to me.

Since it’s one week before we pull those levers and set the course for the next four years, I hope you’ll indulge me a second election-centered video. This one is of Writer/Filmmaker Joss Whedon advising us exactly how Mitt Romney will “put us back on the path to the zombie apocalypse.” “Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks in health care, education, social services, reproductive rights, that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting – all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland,” says Whedon dispassionately to camera.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is as true as it gets with #instacane, the story of Hurricane Sandy told through instagram. To quote one of those who posted an image, “SHITS GETTING REAL.”

In case you had not heard, Little Steven Van Zandt is bringing together the Rascals in their original lineup (Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli) for their first public performance in over 40 years with a combination concert/theatrical event called “Once Upon A Dream” in December at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The first four shows have sold out and three more shows have been added, which are sure to sell out quickly. “To do justice to the Rascals’ importance, I’ve written a show for them that is just as unique as they are,” says Van Zandt.

Hurricane, anyone? Apparently these 41 furry friends are ready to face down Big Sandy in their fetching attire, via BuzzFeed. Frankenstorm Shmankenstorm.

Tweet of the Week (during last week’s final Presidential Debate): I think Mitt Romney might be a sleeper agent working for Abu Nazir!!! LISTEN TO ME SAUL
via ‏@adamconover (standup comic and CollegeHumor sketch writer)

Herewith a completely solipsistic list of things that tickled my fancy this past week and that bear further investigation by The World Out There. IMHO.

Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live: She had me with her recent channeling of Ann Romney, but last night took the cake with her wondrous portraits of the Long Island Medium, Ellen deGeneres, and (most side splitting of all) Celia Gimenez, the eighty-year-old Spanish lady who painted over a 100 year old fresco of the face of Christ. I’ve got my eye on you, McKinnon. You’re now officially the one to watch on SNL. Gracias.

Not Fade Away, David Chase’s new movie: Well I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I have been waiting for this film to come out for what seems like years. The feature film directorial debut of genius David Chase (ahem, The Sopranos), it stars James Gandolfini, John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett and others and is the story of a rock group in 1960’s New Jersey. The music supervisor is Steven Van Zandt, so ’nuff said.  It’s due out in December from Paramount. Check out the trailer here.

The return of Homeland, on Showtime: Even if you didn’t watch the first season, or know anything at all about this show, you probably grokked that it swept the Emmys and also racked up a few Golden Globes. Apparently all this attention resulted in a huge ratings win last week when Season 2 premiered, and it did not disappoint. We find Claire Danes’ character Carrie puttering around in the garden and closing down her laptop when a news story about the Middle East pops up, until her old buddy Mandy Patinkin (um, J’adore) reaches out to get her help with an asset she recruited years before. Of course it doesn’t take much to get her on the plane to Beirut. And suddenly our Sunday nights look a whole lot better for the next few months.

Theatre Is Evil, By Amanda Palmer, racks up the establishment kudos: Rolling Stone named Amanda Palmer’s new album Theatre Is Evil one of the year’s best rock records. Palmer made world headlines earlier this year with her massively successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of this album, from which she raised $1.2 million. The record is kickass. The band is magnificent. Palmer is a goddess. You can stream and purchase the record here for as little as $1.00 in a Pay-What-You-Want scenario. Mark my words; she’s the Queen of Social Media and she puts on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Plenty of chances to see if I’m right on that, here.

The Candy Bar of the Week goes to the New Smoked Banana Caramel Chocolate Bar by Vosges: I haven’t had it yet, but who needs to with a description like this: Smoked bananas blended into soft caramel, with a touch of Alderwood smoked salt and tucked it into the pockets of a 72% cacao dark chocolate bar. When tasting the bar, the smoke flavor is distinct with the smoky notes found primarily in the Mesquite smoked banana. Who writes these things? Vosges always comes through and I’m sure this is my tastebuds’ version of a rocket to the moon.

Janey Milstead, Editor In Chief of my favorite magazine, like, ever, TeenSet, located via Google!: Well, to me, this is Ultra Mega. Not only did I locate the website of Ms. Milstead, I also found out that while at TeenSet she wrote under many names and one of those was Shirley Poston, possibly my favorite writer…ever. All these years, I never knew they were the same person. To my teenage self this is the equivalent of the Mars Landing or some other huge scientific discovery. I’m still hoping to find someone has digitized all those TeenSet magazines, somehow, somewhere.

The Communication Cure, by Dr. Neha Sangwan: I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Neha at a nutritional seminar several years ago and have stayed abreast of her work ever since.  Sangwan is an internal medicine physician as well as a gifted corporate communication strategist who speaks internationally on the topics of conflict resolution, stress management, and wellness. This video sets out the premise of her upcoming book, and I guarantee you she’s going to be a household name when it comes out.

The 30th Anniversary of Men Without Women by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul: Earlier this week, it was thirty years to the day of the release of Men Without Women, an album that, to be quite honest, I probably played more than any other record I own. Ten songs - a masterpiece of passion - the first solo statement from an artist who had already proven himself as an incredibly gifted songwriter, though until this album, not for himself. In July 2011, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes paid tribute to the record with a live show bringing those songs to life again, and you can now pay homage to it by purchasing SSJ’s version here.

Oh yeah; two guys who want to be President for the next four years were onstage together for 90 minutes in Denver: If you know me, you know how I feel. And if you don’t may I quote Immanuel Kant to you:  We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. Under no circumstances would I vote for Mitt Romney to be President of a Block Association let alone the US, once I heard the story of Seamus strapped to the top of a car in a cage for hours during a highway drive. Laugh all you want, if you think this is trivial, but the mere fact that Mitt Romney did this; that the dog was ill and had the runs; that Romney pulled over and hosed off the dog and put him back up there, now soaking wet, to freeze in the wind; it doesn’t even bear thinking about. So yes, I was disappointed in Obama’s performance this week at the debate. But if you don’t want half the country, the poor, the unemployed, the 47% he spoke so disgustingly of when he thought no one but big money donors were listening, to be strapped on top of Mitt’s car while the special people ride inside as he races up the highway to glory — I beg you — don’t vote for him.

And lastly, if you need another reason to love Bruce Springsteen, he was part of a big campaign this week for gay marriage:
Springsteen joined The Four2012 Campaign, putting forth his macho Jersey stare right into your soul and blasting some strong words in support of marriage equality specifically in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. Marriage equality is now a plank in the DNC’s platform, at last, and is sure to be a subject that will continue to be discussed as we head towards the Election on November 6.

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