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Monday, February 27, 2017

The Writer's Life 2/27 - Ubiquitous

I was very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Bill Paxton, 61, who died of complications from surgery. He had a great gift for naturalism on screen. Although IMDb lists only 93 credits under his name, he seemed ubiquitous from the mid 80's on, appearing in movies and on TV. I first noticed his talent in Near Dark (1987). He was at ease doing blockbusters such as Twister (1996) and Titanic (1997), as well as in pictures with minuscule budgets. My favorites of his performances are from the under-rated A Simple Plan (1998) and the gritty One False Move (1992). He did not restrict himself to acting. He has seven credits as producer, and he wrote four shorts, directed three of them as well as two full length features, Frailty (2001) and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). He appeared in music videos by Pat Benatar (Shadows of the Night {1984}) and New Order (Touched by the Hand of God {1989}), and was a member of the new wave group Martini Ranch, which made one of my favorite videos - How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self Culture? Well done, sir. Here's a quote attributed to him: "Anyone who's worked very hard on a craft or an art to get a certain precision in terms of execution and performance wants to get past all that stuff that holds you up - your ego, all the doubts." And here's a link to the aforementioned video:

Get into a discussion of what makes New York pizza superior to all others, and the unique composition of its water will surely be cited. The Famous Famiglia franchise is set to open a pizza parlor in Accra, the capital of Ghana, Africa. The shop expects to use 100 gallons of water imported from New York to make 1000 pies per week. In addition, all pies will be made with the chain’s in-house sauces, cheese, flour and olive oil. Yeast and most toppings will be from local sources. A fleet of Harley-Davidsons will be used for delivery. Famous Famiglia has 16 shops in NYC and more than 100 across the USA and overseas. It exports water to Mexico, Canada, China and Ecuador. Pizza Hut and KFC have opened shops in Accra in the past two years, and Burger King is coming soon. I love America.

Business was slow today at the floating book shop, but it was still fun. My thanks to Vitaly, who bought John Sandford's Easy Prey, to Luis, who donated four paperback thrillers, and to Gene, who helped carry the crates to the car. When I mentioned that I will probably be on jury duty starting tomorrow, he said that he met his wife while doing it in the early 80's. "Wanna grab a bite to eat?" led to a long, happy union... Three passersby advised me to say I'm a racist in order to get dismissed... The highlight of the session occurred when a van pulled to the curb and the driver waved me toward him. I assumed he was going to offer to sell or donate books, or ask for directions. He addressed me in Russian. When I said I didn't speak the language, he said: "You want Viagra?" I laughed, declined, thanked him and walked away. It's now after five, which means I can make the call to learn if I will be doing JD. I'll wait an hour, as the line will probably be busy.
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