Mexican Coke–legal and good for what ails you

August 16, 2007

When I was a child, the standard remedy in our household for an upset stomach was Coca-Cola and saltine crackers. That time I tried to drive and chew Red Man tobacco at the same time and hit a bump and swallowed a mouthful of juice, I stopped at a store right fast and drank a Coke and ate some crackers. It worked, and I didn’t get sick.

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When Bonnie & Clyde met Lester and Earl

August 16, 2007

The New York Times had a good story on Sunday about the 40th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde, the Arthur Penn directed movie featuring the young Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters, with Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons in supporting roles.

While writer A.O. Scott ruminates on “the crucial episode in the entwined histories of Hollywood, American film criticism and postmodern popular culture” and ponders “the connoisseurship of violence,” he makes only one reference to what he refers to as “the skittering banjo music of the soundtrack.”

“Foggy Mountain Breakdown is “skittering banjo music”? Huh?

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The Expanding Universe of Billy Tripp

August 16, 2007

Old friend Franklin Jones told me about a Jackson Sun piece on Brownsville’s Billy Tripp, the greatest practitioner of outsider art in the state. Tripp created his Mind Field, a seven-story steel structure incorporating found objects such as a fire tower and various symbols that represent periods of his life and tributes to other people. It is the largest work of art in Tennessee, and it grows bigger every week.

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