“What does bother me is that I think to get a record deal now, somebody has got to be very handsome or very pretty … because I look back at some of the great singers, you know, they never would have gotten a deal today. Because aesthetically or cosmetically speaking, you know, I think they probably don’t meet the standard of today… I mean, I’ve heard that said in retrospect about, say, for instance, Marty Robbins… or Hank Williams, or Patsy Cline… or Kate Smith. You know, I think we probably would have missed out on a lot of good music. And we’re probably missing out on a lot of good music now because they want people who are very video-friendly.”—Bobby Braddock, Spelling S-U-C-C-E-S-S With Country Songs
“Them that don’t know him won’t like him, and them that do sometimes won’t know how to take him. He ain’t wrong, he’s just different, but his pride won’t let him do things to make you think he’s right.”
Journalist Jane Mayer covers politics and national security for The New Yorker. She writes in the August 30th edition about the billionaire brothers, David & Charles Koch who have quietly given away more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes. She says they’ve waged a war against President Obama, and helped fund the Tea Party Movement.
“A pet peeve should be like a pet theory or a pet story — a tic or fancy that you nurture in your bosom and make your own. You can have a pet peeve about people who mispronounce “mascarpone.” But it’s odd to use the phrase for off-the-rack gripes that everybody shares. Saying that you have a pet peeve about “thinking outside the box” or “Your call is important to us” is like saying you have a pet theory that you should feed a cold and starve a fever.”—
“Part of the inspiration for this character [Don Draper] is based on personalities like Marilyn Monroe. It’s hard to identify Don Draper with Marilyn Monroe, but this idea of a false self — of creating a persona that is so different from where you came from … there can be a sense of shame, of ‘You don’t know me. You will never know me. I’m a fraud.’ And that’s the part that I think the audience can engage with.”— Talking ‘Mad Men’ With Series Creator Matthew Weiner
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in the Gulf region, devastating the area and leading to levee breaches that flooded most of New Orleans. TV critic David Bianculli says that television was all over the story then — and five years later, is all over it again now.
Marty Stuart has been playing country music professionally since his early teens. From the mid-1980s to the early ’90s, Stuart had a lot of mainstream country-music success. But recently Stuart has migrated towards an old-fashioned sound. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews his latest album, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions.
“He didn’t tell me until a year later when he was about to go to trial, and his lawyer told him that if he didn’t call me and ask me to come down there and to speak on his behalf, then he might be in jail a very long time. I didn’t let him know that I was upset [but when] I flew back the next day, and my husband picked me up at the airport … I just started sobbing. And I asked him how I was going to live if my heart was in prison.”—Natasha Trethewey, A Poet Looks ‘Beyond Katrina’
"In terms of interviewing an anger-retaliatory type, one of the things that must be understood by the detectives is, contrary to popular opinion, the perpetrator does not feel any guilt for committing the killing. When they leave the killing site, they many times have a sense of well-being and a sense of relief and a sense of charm because they’ve just had 50 pounds of emotional baggage taken off their shoulders. Police don’t expect that." — Richard Walter