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‘Howl’ roars for free speech

In commentary, entertainment, film, free speech, freedom of speech, history, journalism, literature, music, poetry, storytelling, YouTube on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love it when a movie pulls you in and won’t let you go.

I had that with “Howl” last night.

The movie came out last year and is a pseudo-documentary about beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial that followed the publishing of his famous poem, “Howl.”

Like the poem, parts of the movie are graphic — I’ll warn you. But much like what the poem’s supporters argued during the fracas that ensued following the poem’s publication, the “obscene” words and images in the movie are not used to be lewd and sensational but to describe how Ginsberg saw the 1950s society he was a part of. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strange sign boasts unimportance

In history, Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography on July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

On my way to Common Grounds Coffee House in Lexington, I passed this sign, which is on the house across the street from the coffee shop.

My first thought was, “Good to know?”

But after some cursory Googling, I learned this plaque’s boasted nonuniqueness isn’t really anything special.

The novelty plaque is sold and can be found across the country and even beyond. Here are pics of some in New Orleans, the Philippines and Oberlin, Ohio.

According to Frosty on Yahoo! Answers, the plaque dates back to the ye olde time of 1980.

Oh well. It was neat enough to catch my eye. Read the rest of this entry »