Bastard Out of Carolina

Posted in Book Reports, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on December 21, 2018

Bastard Out of Carolina is a much praised novel. Dorothy Allison wrote it. When PG saw it at a used book sale, he hesitated. The lady taking the money said, if you don’t want that book, I will take it. PG went ahead and gave the lady one dollar, and took home BOOC. If it had been set in Kentucky, the initials would have been BOOK.

Bone is the illegitimate hero of BOOC. Her birth certificate has ILLEGITIMATE stamped across the bottom, in “oversized red-inked block letters.” Anney, the mother, makes repeated visits to the county courthouse, trying to get the certificate de-bastardized. Finally, when Bone is 12, Anney succeeds. By then it is too late.

The Boatwrights are a large family. They live in Greenville, South Carolina. BOOC is set in the fifties. PG was never really sure how many aunts and uncles Bone has. Maybe that is the idea.

The characters in BOOC are what some people would call white trash. Money is always a problem. The men drink and fight. The women do what they can. The kids are kids, until it is their turn to get locked up, or knocked up.

After Anney has two girls, she meets Glen Waddell. He is the villain of BOOC. An all around fuck up, Daddy Glen sexually abuses Bone. This is only spelled out in two episodes. The verbal/physical abuse is there all the time.

An Essential Novel About Poverty, Bigotry, and Sexual Abuse, Twenty-Five Years Later is an article that googled its way into this book report. Some urban writers are fascinated by racism. Dorothy Allison keeps racism in its place. There are no black characters in BOOC. The Boatwrights say n$$$$r. The reader comes to learn that the Boatwrights would have been just as poor, just as drunk, and just as trashy in an all white county. Whiteness is part of the story, just like the muddy river flowing past Aunt Raylene’s house.

BOOC has a lot of details, and atmosphere. In a radio interview, Dorothy Allison says something. “Oh, I want that — you know what Nabokov called it, that sob in the spine, that where you’re reading and suddenly it just stops you, and you’re like ah! That’s what I want. I want you to take a deep breath, and if I’m really lucky, I want you to throw the book at the wall.” Paperbacks do less damage.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Russell Lee took the pictures in Missouri. The date was August, 1938.



Strong In Awe

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 20, 2018

When I Peruse The Conquer’d Fame

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 19, 2018

The Air Bites

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 18, 2018

Convenient Suspension Of Disbelief

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on December 17, 2018


The Convenient Suspension of Disbelief
Shelby Foote: The Homer of the Old South?
Atlanta Streets Alive to debut massive 10-mile route next year
The Real Roots of American Rage
The Courage to Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings on Art, Life, and Being Unafraid to Feel
@TransGriot Question for those claiming being trans is a ‘choice’. Can you name the exact date and time you chose to be a cisgender person? I’ll wait #TransPeopleExist May 6, 1954 4:44 am
Slave Bible From The 1800s Omitted Key Passages That Could Incite Rebellion
The sad truth about Russian election interference
Rudy Giuliani’s blamed Twitter, but this Atlanta man pranked him.
Ricky Thomas has been in lots of trouble before torching Java Monkey
James Fields gets life in prison for killing Heather Heyer in Charlottesville
Police: Driver intentionally ran over woman at gas station, killing her
Day 7: Witnesses describe Fields’ arrest
Day 9: Closing arguments in Fields’ trial
Today’s Testimony of Military Rifle Toting Antifa Enforcer Dwayne Dixon
Trump and top Democrats spar in Oval Office showdown
James Fields’ Trial Begins in Charlottesville: But What Really Happened?
YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind
Officer shot while investigating smell of marijuana at gas station
Striking new tone, Kemp says ‘it’s time to put politics behind us’
YouTube’s Biggest Personality Promoted an Anti-Semite
The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan
South Africa ‘sets date for white farmers land grab’ months after announcing ‘test case’ to see if ‘expropriation without compensation’ is legal
Stacey Abrams’ Allies Suing Georgia Over How Governor’s Race Was Run
A timeline of the Cyntoia Brown case, conviction and bid for clemency
Whiteness: The Original Sin – Jim Goad
How scooters have Atlanta falling hard to regulate ’em
Perhaps the Most Effective Way to Fight Racism
Gavin McInnes and Jim Goad the greatest writer of our generation
The Apocryphal Twain: “When the rich rob the poor, it’s called business.”
Threats made against 3 DeKalb County schools
Georgia’s Stacey Abrams plans to run for office again: ‘Stay tuned’
Berkeley County makes arrest in 37-year-old cold case where 2 teens shot and left for dead
Is the Women’s March Melting Down?
The rise of right wing extremism and how law enforcement ignored it
The LGBTI figures we lost in 2018
This is why I shitpost about my racial grievances,
What’s Your Decision-Making Bias?
Someone Did a Study on Restaurant Lemon Wedges (Spoiler Alert: They’re Dirty)
Nobody Should talk About Beto and Gillum in 2020 Until We Understand Stacey Abrams in 2018
Cause of the American Civil War – Episode 99
Probably the best present I ever bought…and got.
Rookie DeKalb officer killed by suspect running from traffic stop, chief says
Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family
Longtime Forsyth County store to close for good following holidays
Ossoff strikes populist tone as he mulls Senate bid
How a cybercrime that never happened may have tipped Georgia election
False accusation may have harmed Stacey Abrams campaign for governor
Student attacked with knife outside girls’ bathroom at Atlanta high school
I am Inspiro bot I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.
Welcome to Mindfulness Mode Turn on your speakers and press start to artificially intelligently generate infinite amounts of fulness for your empty human mind.
A Very Merry Sunburn Boy Christmas – Experimental Queer Horror
Michael Bennett’s Political Football
I make is so clear on all of my profiles
Gnats, cockroaches lead Buford Highway Mexican restaurant to fail inspection
‘We’ Did Not Miss the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism. You Did. the polite face of American apartheid during the Jim Crow era in the South.
wnyc selected shorts ~ nancy punks
The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2018
@Karalyn2001 Am I reading this right? Justice Democrats brought in $2,629,638 but only gave out $48,150 to all candidates COMBINED? This jd page has a festive ad @invertabrat Ads on websites that are fed to you are based on YOUR web search history… the website doesn’t control them beyond broad blocking, for instance I can block Ads from “donand trump campaign” from being fed on my sites otherwise based solely on your searches… blame google not JD @chamblee54 This page was featured in a post I saw retweeted It has nothing to do with my search history the site was open secrets, not jd an investigation, into a crooked PAC has an ad for vacations, on territory illegally occupied by a hostile power, this is highly is amusing
@GianDoh Sorry I shot your car but in fairness it had antlers.
Tales From the Warhol Factory
Remembering the Johnson Treatment On the other hand, not authenticated at all but considered characteristic was a story well known in President Johnson’s Washington. He liked to drive himself about his ranch and vicinity and supposedly was stopped for speeding one day by a Texas patrolman. When the cop saw who the driver was, he gasped, ”My God!” Whereupon, as the story had it, the president replied: ”And don’t you forget it!”
Lyndon Johnson on the Record
Instead of saying n-word or f-word, we could say november or foxtrot ~ Stand against hate.From white supremacists to the radical Religious Right, right-wing extremism is on the rise. Pledge to stand against hate. ~ Candid Camera filmed in Atlanta one time. They went to a Krystal. They served hamburgers with no beef patty. ~ @tcboyle an actor reading “Top of the Food Chain,” made somebody’s list of 50 best podcasts… i listened while producing a graphic poem, a mashup of #ShakespeareSunday tweets with pictures of dogs in the background ~ pictures for our education and entertainment are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

So Full Of Storm

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 16, 2018


Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 15, 2018

“I am Inspiro bot I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.” Any connection to Spiro Agnew is coincidental. After a few minutes of wallowing in wisdom, the seeker takes a step further on their journey. “Welcome to Mindfulness Mode Turn on your speakers and press start to artificially intelligently generate infinite amounts of fulness for your empty human mind.” The MM voice tells instructive tales, some of which are presented below. The pictures today are Confederate soldiers from the War Between the States, furnished by The Library of Congress.

There was once a poor hermit who had his home in a mountain. One day, a hunter approached him, and said “excuse me, kind hermit, where can a hunter like myself find the most valuable treasure?” The hermit knew better than to talk to any hunter and kept his mouth shut. “Why so good?” asked the hunter. “That is because I want you as a son” replied the hermit. The hunter accepted this, and became like a son to the hermit in all meanings of the world, and later that fall he died under mysterious circumstances.

In the old world, a brave tailor once approached an attractive gorgon and asked her “how come you are so liked, you who are but an attractive gorgon?” “Oh, the reason for that is that I always is careful that every individual I meet with feels liked as well” replied the gorgon. The tailor had never before heard such truth stated so clearly, and after realizing its ramifications, he died and became known as the most liked tailor ever to have lived.

A poem from ancient Babylon tells the story about a brave midget who was on a quest for food to eat, when he encountered a pretty seer. “Can you tell me where to find food to eat?” he asked the seer. The seer immediately replied “of food to eat I do not know, for I am but a mere seer”. The midget thought long and hard about the answer from the seer. Then he pushed her off a cliff. Later in the evening the midget finally understood everything: every human life is shit in its own way if only we try our best. And then he died.

A long time ago lived a fearless giant who was born and raised in the mountains. One day, a boy approached him, and said “excuse me, dear giant, where can a boy like myself find a donkey?” The giant quickly answered “I do not know of a donkey for I am but a giant.” “How can that be?” asked the boy. “That is because I want you as a friend.” “a friend?” asked the boy. “Absolutely. A friend” replied the giant. The boy refused to be a friend to the giant, and the giant was was said to have be the most intelligent giant ever to have lived.

A long, long time ago lived a lazy hermit who was on the lookout for the holy grail, when he encountered an old lioness. “Can you tell me where in the kingdom I can find the holy grail?” he asked the lioness. The lioness quickly replied “of the holy grail I do not know, for I am only lioness”. The hermit thought long and hard about the lioness’s answer. Then he offered her his virginity as a reward. Later that day when he was punishing his servant, the hermit came to the realization: existence is a dream if only we do our best. He took a dagger to his throat and took his own life.

Centuries ago, in the dark ages, there was a bald-headed weaver who lived in the desert. One day, a knight came by him, and said “good evening, my good weaver, can you tell me where a knight like myself can find a place to rest for the night?” The weaver kept quiet. “Why do you behave like this?” asked the knight. “You do not know the meaning of ‘gentle'” replied the weaver. After some thinking the knight decided to become a lover to the weaver, and the weaver was was forever talked about as the most befriended weaver there ever was.

A hideous soldier once approached a mother and asked her “how can it be that you are so kind, you who are just a mother?” “Why, that is because I do not see myself as a mother” replied the mother. The soldier had never before heard such wisdom spoken, and after thinking about it for a long time, he was brutally murdered by a relative of the mother.

In the dark ages, a brave peasant once approached a crooked, old mother and asked her “why is it so that you are so liked, you who are merely a crooked, old mother?” “The answer to that is because I do not consider myself a crooked, old mother any more than I consider myself a widower” replied the mother. The peasant had never before heard such words put so plain, and took it with him for the rest of his life, and later in his life, he died unhappy.

A poem from ancient Japan tells the tale of a greedy traveller who was trying to acquire a place to hide from the law in the town square. It was was then that he encountered an attractive girl.”Girl! Where can I find a place to hide from the law?” he asked the girl. The girl did not have to think for even a second. “A place to hide from the law can not be found in the town square. Search where you left it the last time” said the girl. The traveller was thankful for the answer from the girl and did as she had said. Later the traveller had a stroke of insight: every human life is pain and suffering in its own way as long as we have faith. He never searched for a place to hide from the law again.

In China during the Ming Dynasty, an old midget once approached a princess and asked her “how can it be that you are so appreciated, you who are just a princess?” “Why, that is because I don’t see myself as a princess any more than I see myself as a boy” replied the princess. After hearing this the midget became sure that the princess had cast some kind of spell on him, and after considering the insight for a long time, he swore that he’s never speak to a princess again, and he didn’t.

Psalms 12

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 14, 2018

Here The Frailest Leaves Of Me

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 13, 2018

How To Write Good

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 12, 2018

Avoid Alliteration. Always. ~ Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Avoid cliches like the plague. (They re old hat.) ~ Employ the vernacular.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. ~ Contractions aren’t necessary.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. ~ Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
One should never generalize. ~ Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

Profanity sucks. ~ Be more or less specific. ~ Eliminate quotations.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it s highly superfluous.
One word sentences? Eliminate. ~ Understatement is always best.
Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

The passive voice is to be avoided. ~ Who needs rhetorical questions?
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
Avoid archaeic spellings too. ~ Subject and verb always has to agree.

Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
Don’t use commas, that, are not, necessary.
Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.

Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
Don’t never use no double negatives. ~ Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
Eschew obfuscation. ~ No sentence fragments.
Don’t indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.

A writer must not shift your point of view.
Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences,
as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

Always pick on the correct idiom. ~ The adverb always follows the verb.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. ~ If you reread your work,
you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
Poofread carefully to see if you any words out. ~ And always be sure to finish what

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
The men were Union Soldiers, during the War Between the States.
How to Write Good is borrowed from a US Government publication.

Philosophy Of 2Girls1Cup

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 11, 2018

A few years ago, the video “2girls1cup” was the rage of the day. A trailer for a trash Brazilian movie, the featurette shows two buxom young ladies sharing a plastic cup. The contents of the cup are supposed to be human waste … many suspect it is chocolate ice cream. Later, one of the players shares a technicolor yawn with the other. A plastic supply tube may be a prop.

The video is not in wide circulation today. If you go to the original site, you see nothing but porn, another opportunity to buy smut. It is just as well. Before posting a live address, it is time for the DISCLAIMER.

It is not suggested that you watch this. If you are sensitive, have a heart condition, or have just eaten (like, in the last month), you may want to look at something else. It is gross, disgusting, and without redeeming social value. It is not safe for work, and has great danger for play.

The original film is available at a .ca web address. This commentary goes with it:
What is Two Girls One Cup ? Two girls one cup (aka 2 girls 1 cup & cup video) is a trailer that was released in 2007 for the artistic film “Hungry Bitches” made by MFX Media. The daring work of art is an allegory for the concept of spiritual awakening. It examines the prevalent ideologies that are internalized in our culture, and in true post-modern form; the thematic piece tends to raise more questions than answers. The philosophical film has varying interpretations, which is why the 2 girls 1 cup film is still analysed and debated about to this date.
Chamblee54 has weighed in on this “matter” before. If you google “2girls1cup snopes,” Philosophy Of 2Girls1Cup is result number five. The dreaded “number two” result was from the Urban Dictionary, 2 girls 1 cup scam. “It’s probably a mixture of coffee cream cake filling and crunchy peanut butter”.

PG doubts that the creators of this epic had a message. They just wanted to make a bit of cheesy scat porn. Just because the creators of a work don’t intend for it to be a myth, that doesn’t stop the determined believer. Did the Council of Nicea intend their church canon to be taken as the inerrant Word of G-d? The texts in that canon were often allegorical stories, not literal truth.

Is there a deeper truth inherent in a tawdry vignette of snacking sisters? Maybe the cup is the Christ figure. The deposit in the cup represents the sin of mankind, forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Jesus took the sins of man on his shoulders, and paid the price for these sins, just as the cup received the product of a young lady’s digestive system.

The trouble is, the girls then ate the forbidden flop. This compares to the way the church of Jesus Worship recycles sin. The poisonous anger and rudeness that Jesus paid for on the cross are fed back to the eager believers every Sunday.

After the excremental dessert, the actress hurled onto the breast of her willing dining companion. This stands in for the verbal abuse showered on worshipers every Sunday. Professional Jesus Worshipers project a vile output on the pew warmers. They think they are going to heaven as a result. Was this the message the producers of this video intended? The best course of action might be refusing to partake of the product. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Let’s Not Talk

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 10, 2018