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"james thurber" Discussed on So it's a show?: keeping up with the Gilmore Girls
"Wow go dorothy yeah. This is not something referenced. Explicitly gilmore girls. But as i was reading this i realized this same thing. I think i would not be surprised. Can i just build up the tension more. Bet you anything. Amy sherman palladino pulled this story from dorothy parker's life and made it a story and rory gilmore's life shut up so as this critic for vanity fair. She was actually fired from this position because her reviews were so harsh. Just like i am. Rory wrote that terrible review of the malaise the answer at yale and got a di jerk on her written on her door and has she was discharged from vanity fair in nineteen twenty for the acerbity of drama reviews So she had to become a freelance writer and she could not resist a wise crack. This is the thing that got her fired. She couldn't resist a wise crack at the expense of actress. Billie burke wife of one of the magazines biggest advertisers o. Yeah ouch so. She had a reputation as a harsh critic. Kind of making jokes at the expense of someone else. Just like rory dead in a future. Episode of gilmore girls. So when she was a freelance writer she continued to write in magazines. Like new yorker and life magazines. There's another connection. I know you reading from the new yorker connection there and one of the things that she's most famous for is that in nineteen nineteen she co founded the algonquin roundtable. At the algonquin hotel. Which was a regular group of writers meeting together to talk about their work in new york so a couple of people that are well known or semi well-known harpo marx was in this of the marx brothers. James thurber robert benchley. The bbc call them the ultimate in crowd the informal literary luncheon club. And i know how cool would it be to be part of that. Like the beats or yeah. Kinda like jack kerouac and allen ginsberg and then that group out -cluded cs lewis and jr tolkien. What were they called the inklings. Yeah i have been to that little pub to that cool. Yes the eagle and child in had fishing ships. They're lovely yes. The nineteen twenties were her peak writing phase. She was super busy in this time. She had her first collection of poetry published in nineteen twenty six and it became a bestseller. She also became friends with f scott fitzgerald and ernest hemingway who mobile and she also started doing some screenwriting that went into the nineteen thirties and the most significant of these is the nineteen thirty seven movie. A star is born which you might be somewhat familiar with because right around the time we're dropping. This episode. the remake with lady gaga and bradley cooper is coming out nice. Yeah and so. That will be the third remake. There's also a nineteen fifty four remake with judy. Garland there was a nineteen seventy version with barbara streisand now. Two thousand eighteen with lady gaga. We'll get to that though. Because i did watch that movie but just to keep going on with dorothy life when i give you the full background. I also like this description from the bbc is like a pretty good overview of her stories..
"james thurber" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Last night, Stella delivered early. Nine healthy puppies and one The smallest of female with a cleft palate. She died within minutes. Fran. The staff were present at the Welp entered it in her log Her notation, including the name she gave this pup. Angel. There are those of us who seek Fran out in the hope that something of her rubs off. Fran, help Stella deliver over a period of seven hours at midnight, when there had been three quiet hours. Fran help Stella to her feet and ran the ultrasound scanner. Over the dog's belly. Nothing showed up on the monitor. So Fran left the kennel to get some sleep. Yet in the morning when she checked in on the mother, there were 10 healthy Puppies nursing During the night, Stella had given birth to one more. A female. As though to replace the one who had died. I said, Why didn't we name her after? Or put a little French on it to pray. But France said no. She wanted to name her for Angel. Sentimental. I am not the one to say. Before I gave up Goodman I made a tape recording of his snores. Maybe it was fatigue or the sadness of losing the runt. But France snapped at me. When I showed up for work, she asked, Perfunctory question. I should have said I was fine. But instead I observed that this was the day my husband left for Paris with his new girlfriend. Like you have a right to complain, Franz said, incredulous. Let's think back. One short year. I was stung and flushed and fumbled at the sink. Did I expect sympathy? Browbeaten. Yet subdued. Subdued yet humbled. I left the room before she could say I didn't have a leg to stand on or the shoe was on the other foot. Back in the lounge. I wiped at the antibacterial wash. I had splashed on my jeans. What gets on my clothes here. If it came from a person, I'd be sick. Last week. I was in the infirmary when a lab was brought in with the tip of his tail cut off by a car door. Yet he was so happy to see the veterinarian. That he went his tail madly and sprayed us all with blood back and forth in wide arcs, the walls and the cabinets, too. There is much to learn from these dogs, and we must learn these things over and over. In the way that we know things before we know them. I dreamed that I swam across Lake Michigan, then pulled myself up on a raft near shore. Just then the light changed in such a way that everything underwater was visible in silhouette and giant hammerheads shadowed by. This was the night before my husband told me about Paris and even in the dream, I remember thinking if I had known what was in the lake I never would have gone in It's a warmish day for December. So I take one of the broods for a walk on the grounds. It's a lovely old neighborhood. Down the road from the school is one of those plastic mentions. You admire until you notice. It's a funeral home. Every day. I drive past it to get here and an image on does me though I can't quite say why a pair of white gloves folded over the wheel of an old Ford Fairlane outside a funeral home in Georgia in June. The site of geese has this effect on me, too. The dogs scare them up from the pond when my best friend and I were in the first grade. Her father acquired a dozen German M din's. He let them roam freely around the yard. Every evening. When he came home from work, he would turn the hose on the droppings they left in the drive. The grass along both sides of the blacktop was a stripe of vivid green. He was a little eccentric. And the first of my friends, parents to die. Buddha Baxter Bayley Baywatch thrilled that last one in for Jeanette. Working, illiterate head. We don't name the pups until they are four weeks old and get their ears tattooed, but still, it's good to be ready. Back in the lounge. There are letters from a sister school in Canada that has taken several of our dogs who failed the qualifying exam. Except we don't say failed. We say the dog was reassigned or released for adoption as a pet. Canada will take a soft dog one who maybe startles or is a bit less independent. Maybe it's like William Faulkner not getting into the U. S Army Air Force and then going to fly for Canada. What's with Canada. Trying to smooth things over. I guess Fran asks for a hand and putting together the invitation for the Christmas Party. I make James Thurber looked like DaVinci, but I stay late. It's the night of the sixth months and underclass the babies and work up a festive border. The party is a high point for the volunteers who raised the puppies. They bring them to the high school gymnasium. We borrow and dressed them up in Santa hats or felt reindeer antlers held on with chin straps. And there are cookies for everyone. And in the center of the gym floor, there is a large cardboard box filled with wrapped gifts on the command. The volunteers walk their dogs wanted a time up to the box where the dog is allowed to reach in and select a present. Then return in a mannerly way to his spot. They get excited, of course, and invariably, there will be a dog like Ivan last year who will get to the box and jump in. Everyone wants to know how you do it. How you raise a puppy. And train it for a year and a half and then give it up. Because you don't just love the dogs. You fall in love with them. A love affair begins with a fantasy. For instance. That the beloved will always be there. But these love affairs begin with yearning. And for a future that won't be shared. Good training. There is a Zen like quality to this work if you can find reward in staying in the moment. And in giving up what you love because someone else's need is greater. Sounds good in theory. But I counseled a volunteer who was coming up on the separation and she was crying and angry. And she said just because I'm not blind, she said. What if he never swims against swimming is his favorite thing. I said. You know how dogs Pause paddle in their sleep. Dreams. The place. Most of us get what we need. There is another side to this. It makes a pretty picture. The folks who raised the pups and then have to give them up. When the dogs get old and retire. The razors can get them back. They can take them back in their well earned rest. Raise enough puppies over the years, a steady stream of dear ones returning home. Brand doesn't hold a grudge. She says she liked the invitation. And we walked together to the office to have it copied. There are people whose goodness brings them to do this work. And there are those of us who come here for it. Both ways work. Although metaphorically I am still in the lake. Priding myself on a strong Australian crawl while nearby a hammerhead weights. Never mind the fact that this ravenous shark in real life is found in warm seas. It is with me in the lake, where I mourn my lost status as someone who doesn't cause problems. And prove again that life is one long medley of prayers that we are not exposed and try to convince myself that people who seem to suffer are not in fact unhappy and want to be persuaded by the Japanese poem the barn burned down. Now I can see the moon. Did I invite this? It is like sitting in prayers at school when the headmistress says, who dropped lunch bags on the hockey field, And although you went home for lunch, you think I did. I did..
Biden to Address Nation on Deadly Chaos in Afghanistan
"President Biden will break his silence today on Afghanistan facing criticism from lawmakers over his pullout plan in the ensuing chaos the president's address will be his first public statement on Afghanistan in a week since then the Taliban have stormed through the nation and into Kabul American University political analyst James Thurber says this won't be easy I think he has to talk about how he miscalculated and why he was wrong the White House argues the pullout decision was not wrong the president had bad choices and national security advisor Jake Sullivan says he picked up the only one that made sense sparing more U. S. lives in an endless war he tells NBC's today show the president stands by his call for rivers says the president must explain why to the nation and world it's going to hurt him badly Sager mag ani Washington
"james thurber" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And Jeff Vandermeer, Jeff Vandermeer. Welcome to bowl time. Thanks so much for having me. S O. Your new book, A peculiar peril is it's aimed at young readers, although I'll say it's very entertaining to certain 38 year olds. It made me wonder what kinds of books you were reading when you were the age that this book is pitched at Well, I was, I would say I was reading things like James Thurber's The 13 clocks, and I would say there are there are other books like that are things I remember because they're things when you go back to them as adults. You find other things to appreciate in them, And so they kind of change over time. And then also a lot of British classics, which I can't even remember this silly besides Beatrix. I mean, Beatrix Potter is maybe younger than this audience. But since there are so many talking animals in a peculiar paralyzed I didn't think of that little bit. But, uh but I grew up in the Fiji Islands. And so until the age of nine, I mostly had British Commonwealth type books. So it's not so much necessarily always influenced by what I was reading as a teenager, although it is a little bit but also things like Asterix and Tintin comics and kind of the absurd misadventures and some of the things I was reading, then There's a scene and peculiar peril where two characters braid their beards because of a magic spell. The beards keep growing, and they can't cut them on. That's actually a note to tin tin. And then there's also things like the Dark is rising. A Siri's, which I thought was a really wonderful 18 Siri's that I read as a teenager. More recently, I've read stuff like Rory Powers Wilder girls in the white genre, and I really enjoyed that. Actually this book while I was reading, it really reminded me of the Hitchhiker's guide, Siri's and kind of its sense of humor. Was that ever something that you gobbled up is a kid. Oh, absolutely. I would say that's definitely something that I I read as a teenager, and it is true that there is a particularly British sense of humor that I absorbed that I think comes out in this. Siri's Next is because the main character grew up in this world where he was partly in Florida. And partly in the UK. Yes. Oh, definitely that definitely that kind of absurd. Sense of humor, which is something that you know is present in my other novels, but not to this degree, You know, it's it's present in annihilation in the biologist having a conversation about whether something is the tunnel where Tower if you maybe think about it, it's a very absurd conversation, right. But it's not. It's not the primary thing thatyou're Your encounter with Reid. So it was really kind of nice to be able to show that side which to this point has mostly been displayed. I think for whatever reason on Twitter so When you were a kid, What's being a professional writers? Something that you dreamed about or did it come later? It was pretty early on when I was in Fiji, you know, my mother was a biological illustrator. My dad was a research chemist who was studying rhinoceros beetles. And so we're very invested the natural world and I started keeping Birdwatching list as we were going around various places for my dad's research. And that eventually morphed into telling stories about birds because I began to get a little bored with just listing birds in my journal on DH that coincided with encountering like Aesop's fables and stuff, so I would retell those And kind of that became kind of a learning process for me because I would read the story and then I would try to tell my own version from memory of the story. I'm really curious about growing up in Fiji, you know nature is ah, big part of your work, and it got me wondering about thie kind of flora and fauna you were experiencing when you were growing up there. Well, I mean, my mother would there would be sea turtles on our front lawn because she was doing illustrations of them on and we were literally 10 minutes walk from the beach and Suva and we would go up into the mountains during the winter because it's a volcanic island, and you would have a totally different terrain with kingfishers and just a light misting of snow for like half a day, which is kind of unexpected in that setting. I felt like I was outdoors all the time. And Ah, and it was a very wild experience, and a lot of my fiction reflects that it reflects things like getting lost on a reef at night when my dad was off doing something and and almost walking out to sea as opposed to back to shore, So there's a lot of experiences like that. That I considered heaven for my writing. You're listening to Bulls eye. I'm Jesse Thorne. Our guest is novelist Jeff Vandermeer. He's the author of the books, Annihilation Born and the new book a peculiar peril. In the special Thanks to your book Annihilation, you think Thie ST Mark's Florida Wildlife Refuge. I wanted to hear a little bit more about that place what it's like there and how it inspired the writing. Well, you know, we first lived in Gainesville, Florida and pants periods amazing there, and I was looking for a place where we move up to my movie Tallahassee that was similar in the ST Marks. National Wildlife Refuge is just this amazing. Refuge on the edge of the sea. So it goes from like this pine forest to black swamp to salt marshes to the beach and includes all these Amazing ecosystems side by side that you wouldn't normally encounter in such a small space. Comparatively, and I think what also really It was amazing to me Is that the first time I was there? I got lost. I decided. I'm just gonna bite off.
"james thurber" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"It takes only a glance at the news to know about disasters and tragedies all around the world, and it takes only a glance into our own lives to know that they happen close to home as well. Everyone's difficulties are unique, but everyone has some And perhaps that's the first step toward coping and hoping to realize that we're not alone as we experience life's hardships. We're off to one degree or another going through it together. While we might prefer to turn away from others and struggle privately. Hearts heal best when they're open. That's when love can enter when the bonds of friendship can bind up broken heart writer James Thurber once shared this definition of love he heard from a friend. Love is what you've been through with. Somebody were all inspired by people who choose to go through something with someone because of love. For example, a woman who was abused in her youth is reaching out to help other young women. Hell Veterans are counseling others with post traumatic stress disorder. Widows aren't forming support groups. They've all found the secret, not just two surviving, but to flourishing. Instead of getting stuck in the idea that our suffering isn't fair, we cope better. If we realize that the world does not owe us comfort and ease. In fact, the way out of despairing over our troubles is to stop keeping score. And try to bring comfort and ease to others. When we do life improves, our problems seem smaller and our prospects brighter. We begin to have hope again, 14th century poet Hafez wrote. Even after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth. You owe me. Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. This kind of generosity of the soul is much more than just a nice idea. It's essential to happiness. When we give from the heart. We can light the whole sky, the sky that all of us share With each performance this year we celebrate 90 years of continuous broadcasting of this historic programme. Please join us next time for music and the spoken word. Until we meet again. May peace be with you this day and always Wait. Hi. It's Jamie Progresses. Employee of the month, two months in a row. Leave a message at the Hi Jamie hit me, Jamie. I just had a new idea for our song with the.
"james thurber" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"On iTunes and hit subscribe James Thurber's story proposed an extreme solution to heroes who don't live up to their public image there's a great man and just as much humor in nearly nine years tale of a remote village about to host a president Asif Mandvi performs a warm welcome to the president even shot that's you the young who know flooded our village two babies in one old man died of cholera in the banana crop toon sickly yes we were delirious with joy we were about to be rescued from centuries of water in consequence by a visit from the most powerful man in the world the news spread from the village office to issue my didn't whose mouth flap like a porn shoot it was he who told us last year that his head close baby boy was unfortunate enough to be born with no phones we stared open mouth as the ancient jeep from the village office rattled up along the dirt road that ran the entire length of the village itself to the Grameen bank the post office and the independence high school and then since there was no one else to head but the river turned around and came back whenever the jeep stopped the village office a hopped up like stir in minced importantly in and out of the buildings those of us who were lucky enough to be that at the time bringing to your fried on who chop for the boss monsters of the bank manages mid morning snack heard every word is thin reedy voice scoffed out we were very popular at the tea stalls that day by evening everyone in the religion you even those who attending the juke crop of the far end of the village the news shocking across the fields to top tens that evening there was a huge crowd around Muhammad box color TV he was the headmaster of the independent school and didn't mind sharing his set although we heard that his wife grumbled from time to time even our wives wanted to be there when we agree they hardly drove a ball that night and left to do dishes for later the women wouldn't come in the took up positions outside Mohammed's window and sent our children into the room to tell us to stand aside so they too can see the screen by the time the national news game on the room was packed tighter than the bus to town when the announcers mention joy put off and the president's name in the same breath there were whistles and cheers the shops grew louder when we saw the great man himself tall and broad shouldered he stood in his gray suit and red tie on the lawn of a five star hotel towering over the men and women circling around him his gray hair glittered in the sun is wide fully flushed face was ready in the heat a few of us even threw coins at the TV it was as if we were the local cinema and a favorite action hero I just stepped on to the screen aha what the man has like sweet codes only someone shouted how much use my house they all have perfect teeth in America the man who spoke consider himself an authority on matters foreign he had an uncle who went away to America in nineteen fifty four and did not come back all right ever again his wife has golden hair and is also running for some election but is a lot she wins a great victory Mohammed Bakar said from his armchair and there was a chorus of inshallah laws and the rules on the screen the president bent down to shake hands with the small boy dressed in a white and gold Punjabi suit he smiled at the child as if he were his own son and the lines around his eyes bunched together pushing his eyes almost shocked then this picture disappeared and then also came back and stayed on although we booed enthusiastically the president would go to meet the true people of Bangladeshi soil enjoyed put on October nineteenth she said the government is considering large scale investment enjoyed but I find the root of the defenseman committee has recommended special fastrack programs to squeeze the long bookish words government T. V. like to use out of her tiny mouth but we have stopped listening all we could talk about was that there were only ten nights and nine days to go we had a meeting the next evening under the hundred and fifty year old banyan tree in the central village smile didn't try to dominate the proceedings from the beginning that everybody's ready to the Minnesota for the fans himself called me on his direct line from the company he said and paused as if expecting applause research behind ideas for the B. D. to light up and said nothing I am do show Clinton that could mean that the agriculture the ball and its new seed distribution program and then he hold a public meeting he said talking fast a few of us gasped he was calling the president by his name just like that who does this upstart think use he was for the great man's name is either does baby naming ceremony we much of the month star says shocked at his disrespectful ways we have to put up a grandstand eight forty I'm here daca has sanctioned a special amount this month pause to draw breath and gazed intently at us we looked up at the blue sky through the leaves we we we show the president so he may come mom suddenly stepped up next to each month in so who would like to help build the Senate I just question we all cheered and raised our hands as one man the village offices face was like Pandavas Muhammad picked out eight of us to build the podium with the president would stand to speak to us the head must the continued the president's son he shall also visit the school and that is not scheduled and I have my orders from the company this month dismissed the suggestion before Muhammad could finish a few of us his set him mother's independent schools serve three villages but had no money every morning Muhammad's youngest stood on the steps beating a stick on a steel plate there wasn't even a bad two dollars children we felt it was only right that the president should visit the school leaders all over the planet listen to him surely he could find us some money for our school reset the president was going to school we go to school a few of us began chanting and others took it up we we see administered I'd have to pull his smile splendid he stumbled to his jeep and left who do these people think that they should be grateful beyond the company decides to complete you have the president of the greatest country in the world wanting to visit them now they want to direct his every move traffic policemen he said later in his office frowning down his lunch we heard that the piece of roti got stuck in his throat right after he said that and his back had to be something to stop this coughing we thought you should take that as a sign of a last displeasure early the next morning Mohammed Bakar begun marching on children through the village to the tunes of the band the band was made up of doddering old man many of whom could barely summon up the breast to blow their trumpets let alone carry the brass instruments and massive drama we usually hired them to play a popular movie songs down weddings now here they were striding along with the head of the column of children the gold braid on that Burgundy uniforms shining in the sun we stopped on the side of the road on our way to work forgetting the baskets of fish and vegetables and bicycles in the bamboo that needed cutting and watch this wonderful site music source studying and cleared in the quiet morning swelled in our heads in the days stretching ahead suddenly became a festival mom is flying it was to have the children welcome the president's motorcade he lined up the children in front of the village office to do that exercise you know so the young science teacher stood in front of them one two three one two three he shouted as he swiveled his arms with great vigor around his body the children following him we applaud it this month didn't peered out of his office window at the parade his face twisted up as if he didn't do a green diamond that even allies working today with all this noise disturbing is having that's for sure the blasphemer said in the days that followed all lives left the vegetable batches in hand groups and lined the road to watch the children with narrowed eyes it's a great honor to be chosen to put it in front of the president don't do their faith on that day the entire village will offer to you the children who did not pass out in the sun was secretly fed expensive eggs at night to build that strength but a smile didn't would not give Mohammed a straight on so as to whether the president would visit the school or not when questioned he mumbled vague problems about getting through the dock called the minister being busy with the presidential visit we because the village officer but mum merely smiled and shifted the what of tobacco in his mouth those of us who couldn't read the papers aloud to the other sitting on the wooden benches in the tea stalls sometimes they want to give us a glass or two for free just for reading the news the State Bank would the president want a striped blue shirt with a white collar and eat chicken korma lamb biryani much of Joel and our famous dish of prawns in yogurt then he finished with two bowls of sweet creamy she might we further warm affection for this man who enjoyed our food so much the paper said he insisted on going to the tune of the monsters to pay hommage to the soldiers who had died in the war against Pakistan it's as if we know all this great man intimately now one of us said expressing the feeling that was growing in us especially since we saw him on TV every night and in the newspapers every morning our children go to speech is out of the paper and pasted them beside all framed photos of the Kaaba in Mecca you can see if you think the president of America is going to come here of the Sacha mumbled and spent a stream of tobacco through the gap between these two remaining teeth and into the dirt he listened to a side pocket of his coat off draw the bundle of papers covered in plastic and waved it accusing the actress we looked at each other and rolled out ice hello not that I don't think we have seen it countless times before it was his nineteen year old property deed the young what I had swallowed up the charges land and banana trees two decades ago in one of her monsoon frenzies.
"james thurber" Discussed on KQED Radio
"On iTunes and hit subscribe James Thurber's story proposed an extreme solution to heroes who don't live up to their public image there's a great man and just as much humor in nearly nine years tale of a remote village about to host our president Asif Mandvi performs a warm welcome to the president that's you the young no fly did our village two babies in one old man died of cholera and the banana crop turned sixty yes we were delirious with joy we were about to be rescued from centuries of water in consequence by a visit from the most powerful man in the world the news spread from the village officer issue might didn't whose mouth flap like a bowling shoes it was he who told us last year that his head close baby boy was unfortunate enough to be born with no phones we stared open mouth as the ancient jeep from the village office rattled up along the dirt road that ran the entire length of the village itself to the Grameen bank the post office and independence high school and then since there was no one else to head but the river turned around and came back whenever the jeep stopped the village office a hopped up like stir in minced importantly in and out of the buildings those of us who were lucky enough to be that at the time bringing to your fried on new job for the boss monsters of the bank managers mid morning snack heard every word his thin reedy voice scoffed out we were very popular at the tea stalls that day by evening everyone in the religion you even those who attending the June crop of the far end of the village the news shouted across the fields to top tens that evening there was a huge crowd around Muhammad box color TV he was the headmaster of the independent school and didn't mind sharing his set although we know that his wife grumbled from time to time even our wives wanted to be there when we agree they hardly drove a ball that night and left the dirty dishes for later the women wouldn't come in the took up positions outside Mohammed's window and sent our children into the room to tell us to stand aside so they too can see the screen by the time the national news came on the room was packed tighter than the bus to town when the announcer mentioned should put off and the president's name in the same breath there were whistles and cheers the sounds grew louder when we saw the great man himself tall and broad shouldered the student is gray suit and red tie on the lawn of a five star hotel towering over the men and women circling around him is a great head in the sun and is wide food flushed face was ready in the heat a few of us even threw coins at the TV it was as if we were the local cinema favorite action hero I just stepped on to the screen aha what the man has like sweet codes only someone shouted how much is my house they all have different development the man who spoke consider himself an authority on matters foreign he had an uncle who went away to America in nineteen fifty four and did not come back all right ever again his wife has golden hair and is also running for some election but it is a lie she wins a great victory Mohammed Barker said from his armchair and there was a chorus of inshallah laws and the rules on the screen the president bend down to shake hands with the small boy dressed in a white and gold Punjabi suit he smiled at the child as if you were his own son and the lines around his eyes bunched together pushing his eyes almost shocked then this picture disappeared and then also came back and stayed on although we booed enthusiastically the president would go to meet the true people of Bangladeshi soil enjoyed put on October nineteenth she said the government is considering large scale investment enjoyed put under management committee has recommended special fastrack programs she squeezed the long bookish words government T. V. like to use out of her tiny mouth but we have stopped listening all we could talk about was that there were only ten nights and nine days to go we had a meeting the next evening under the hundred and fifty year old banyan tree in the central village smile didn't try to dominate the proceedings from the beginning other than the Minnesota for the fans himself called me on his direct line from the company he said and paused as if expecting applause research behind ideas for the B. D. to light up and said nothing I am do show Clinton that could mean that the agricultural depot and its new seed distribution program and then he hold a public meeting he said talking fast a few of us gasped he was calling the president by his name just like that who does this upstart pinky use he was for the great man's name is either does baby naming ceremony we much of the monstar says shocked at his disrespectful ways we have to send it in here has sanctioned a special about the small pause the drawbacks and gazed intently at us we looked up in the blue sky through the leaves we we we show the president calm mom suddenly stepped up next to a small dinner so who would like to help build the center I just question we all cheered and raised our hands as one man the village offices face was like thunder as Muhammad picked out eight of us to be in the podium with the president would stand to speak to us that must the continued the president's side shall also visit the school and it is not scheduled and I have my orders from the company this month dismissed the suggestion before Muhammad could finish a few of us hiss at him mother's independent schools serve three villages but had no money every morning Muhammad's youngest stood on the steps beating a stick on a steel plate there wasn't even a better two hours children we felt it was only right that the president should visit the school leaders all over the planet listen to him surely he could find us some money for our school we set the president will go to school we go to school a few of us began chanting and others took it up we we see the minister is miles flooded he stumbled to his jeep and left who do these people think that they should be grateful beyond the company decides to come to the have the president of the greatest country in the world wanted to visit them his every move traffic policemen he said later in his office sounding down his lunch we heard that the piece of roti got stuck in his throat dry Duffy said that and his back had to be something to stop this coughing we thought he should take that as a sign of a last displeasure early the next morning Mohammed Bakar begun watching the children to the village to the tunes of the band the band was made up of doddering old men many of whom could barely summon up the breast to blow their trumpets let alone carry the brass instruments a massive jump around we usually hired them to play a popular movie songs down weddings now here they were striding along with the head of the column of children the gold braid on the Burgundy uniforms shining in the sun we stopped on the side of the road and I went to look for getting the baskets of fish and vegetables about bicycles in the bamboo that needed cutting and watch this wonderful site music source thirty one cleared in the quiet morning sweat in our heads in the days stretching ahead suddenly became a festival mom is flying it was to have the children welcome the president's motorcade he lined up the children in front of the village office to do that exercise you know so the young science teacher stood in front of them one two one two three he shouted as he swiveled his arms with great vigor around his body the children following him we applauded the smile didn't peered out of his office window at the parade his face twisted up as if he didn't green dominant even allies working today with all this noise disturbing is having that's for sure the blasphemer said in the days that followed all lives left the vegetable boxes in hand groups and lined the road to watch the children with narrowed eyes it's a great honor to be chosen to put it in front of the president don't you dare faint on that day the entire village will offer to you the children who did not pass out in the sun was secretly fed expensive eggs at night to build that strength but a smile didn't would not give Mohammed a straight answer as to whether the president would visit the school or not when questioned he mumbled vague problems about getting through the dock called the minister being busy with the presidential visit we call this the village officer but mum merely smiled and shifted the what of tobacco in his mouth those of us who couldn't it was allowed to the other sitting on the wooden benches in the tea stalls sometimes they want to give us a glass or two for free just for reading the news the State Bank would the president want a striped blue shirt with a white collar and eat chicken korma biryani much of Joel and our famous dish of prawns in yogurt then he finished with two bowls of sweet cremation by we further warm affection for this man who enjoyed our food so much the paper said he insisted on going to the tune of the monsters to pay hommage to the soldiers who had died in the war against Pakistan it's as if we know this man intimately now one of us said expressing the feeling that was growing in us especially since we saw him on TV every night and in the newspapers every morning our children go to speech is out of the paper and pasted them beside all framed photos of the Kaaba in Mecca you see if you think the president of America is going to come here abide chacha mumbled and spend a stream of tobacco through the gap between these two remaining teeth and into the dirt he reached into a side pocket of his core dot draw the bundle of papers covered in plastic and waved it accusing the actress we looked at each other and rolled out ice not that I don't think we have seen it countless times before it was his nineteen year old property deed the young what I had swallowed up the charges land and banana trees two decades ago in one of her monsoon frenzies that deal a lot of us had lost someone or something the government helicopter as it hovered over a village for days like locusts brought.
"james thurber" Discussed on WRIR.org 97.3FM
"The number stories and issues in the news we'll begin with the announcement today by house speaker Nancy Pelosi of a formal impeachment inquiry in advance of the expected release tomorrow by president trump of a transcript of is July twenty fifth controversial conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president one of the nation's leading experts on Congress and the presidency James Thurber the distinguished professor of government and found and former director of the center for congressional and presidential studies at American University joins us to discuss the dramatic events on Capitol Hill on this historic day we'll assess whether the presidential phone call with the farm the death at the center of this latest scandal could be as underwhelming and I'm controversial as trump claims the conversation was in whether we'll soon hear from the whistle blower who initiated this standoff between the house and the White House his lawyer has said his client wants to talk to the intelligence committees following Joe Biden's statement today the trumps abuse of power and stonewalling gives the house no choice but to move to impeachment we'll look into whether impeachment is something trumped once as he has hinted or something he fears because of his need to get reelected to have immunity from prosecution. then with trump already trashing the whistle blower as he continues his war against America's intelligence community we'll examine whether trump will escalate his attacks on what he calls the deep state throughout the coming presidential campaign as a way to deflect the growing evidence of the presence of parent submission to hostile farm para Russian a former national intelligence officers CIA station chief can't Herrington joins us to discuss this article a project syndicate when America's president comp be trusted and the expectation that trump will further intimidate the intelligence community in the hope they will down play rushes continuing meddling in our elections.
"james thurber" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"It takes only a glance at the news to know about disasters and tragedies all around the world it takes only a glance into our own lives to know that they happen close to home as well everyone's difficulties are unique but everyone has some and perhaps that's the first step toward coping and hoping to realize that we're not alone as we experience life hardships we are all to one degree or another going through it together well we might prefer to turn away from others and struggle privately hearts he'll best when they're open that's when love can enter when the bonds of friendship can bind up the broken heart writer James Thurber one shared this definition of love he heard from a friend love is what you've been through with somebody we're all inspired by people who choose to go through something with someone because of love for example a woman who was abused interview is reaching out to help other young women he'll veterans are counseling others with posttraumatic stress disorder windows are forming support groups they've all found the secret not just to survive but to flourish instead of getting stuck in the ideas that our suffering isn't fair we cope better if we realize that the world does not owe us comfort and ease in fact the way out of despairing over our troubles is to stop keeping score and try to bring comfort and ease to others when we do life improves our problem seems smaller and our prospects brighter we.
"james thurber" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"I was a communist like everybody now. Here's your host why it cox radio's outstanding theatre thrill suspense in an adaptation of james thurbers of friends to alexander this stars john diner and was originally broadcast on c._b._s. August fifteenth nineteen fifty-six and tonight's presentation of radio's outstanding theatre of thrills <music> tonight we bring you a classic short story by james thurber so now starring mr john bainer heroes are suspense play alexander. I am i <music> <music>. I've taken the anything about aaron burr every night. What for how do i know what floor for what for the woman says you do. Look tie and harry on the session like i had last night as worse than though sleep at all. I should look tiring. I heard he's a funny person to be dreaming about. Nowadays i mean with all the talk about the bombs h bombs and the election and everything i hi we should go see dr fox incense well. Maybe you need some different. Vitamins are maybe some of those new pills those star axe average ah eric tricks. What are the bane chlorpromazine where the tranquilizers now. It's another name oh iraq iraq six extrapol-. Is it all the same thing well. Maybe you need some of those. They're supposed to do wonders for people all i need. Is this stop seeing aaron burr every time i close my eyes. I don't see why you see him in your dreams. Where do you see him places. Maybe washington square bowling green on broadway in town. How we lived in new york. You know i'll be talking to a woman in a victoria woman holding a white lace parasol. There's burr bowing smiling and smelling like a combination shen harry. Please sure you'll be telling stories about france and getting off his insults. When did you start smoking before. Breakfast can reach please. Who is the woman in the victoria harry what you dream about. How do i know people in dreams or nobody at all or everybody aaron burr plainly enough. I mean he isn't nobody or al right but i don't know who the woman is. Maybe it's menopause. You mel or mittens wilder a girl. I knew in high school. It's not important who is mittens willett. She was famous actress seventy five years ago so she's buried in an old cemetery on second avenue. Oh oh goodness you're so well. Read <hes> very sad about mittens willett isn't it was well..
"james thurber" Discussed on RAGE Works Network-All Shows
"What is up plexiglass seaboard in many bananas also is to other people here introducing ourselves before we get into sponsor yo you're not sir sir you are not that fattening is taylor's fourth wedding star jones stark how wonder north from his name some so i'm torn stark rick james thurber cartoon highly ill trees briefly would lock your baby mamas third cousins stepsisters best friends headdresses third because it's also expert at this being his favourite naked everything and which are the most where he comes up with all of these before or the show years of solid cocaine cocaine again you always doing as we go let me know of knocking hear me it sounds really loud in my ear but i don't know if you guys loosely yes so for those who are wondering why we haven't done a show in three months etiquette see if he's yes as you can see i have a beard now you know you and i knew someone who's been addressed as sir sir heavy explained from job and i love it i get to talk about this for a decade that could not grow facing i think of you know how uncomfortable i face what thank without facial hair so yes i'm growing beer brothers return to wauconda yes her mountain drive beard lives matter i'm back with a beard got a new job so i'm no longer worried him security jobs that <hes> yes i'm a manager of a strip club clues oh okay <hes> somebody echo i'm trying to fix that but that might be because taylor's probably getting picked up onto microns anyway home over by lady smiled at estimates black hair man ooh k. but yeah i got a new job so for the first three three months of that new job shut the fuck up nigga start facing the way this nigga taylor i have to say when i get my monologue on basketball now i got a job so i'm no longer working security job so facial hair out but the schedule you made it where we couldn't do shuffle so that was that was basically <hes> did not mean for it to be three months change but <hes> new job was important for me to get and and happy i got so <hes> yeah that's what we've been <hes> been for nasa crown crippling depression well how nice that's been passed you marcia you're not teach so during the school year two summers when i used to go to this school years kind of become a tight slice jobs for schools got better as to be five road has next week so yeah that's been at the crib take my son so you know being responsible black man get by chance to wrap on talking about loving my wife you know saying shit that's been busy adults here adulting batman not cheat black men do nine over your day with all kinds of he also sweat right there avenue white girl he also swayed at simpson you here on their way he is he is coked out of his mind you can afford it hey hey jill what's were a five piece in e._s._p._n. game with the lights on you just want to assume name his damn jacket hot i have <hes> so without further ado let's get into the show yana we do sports she didn't hip hop <hes> there will be very there's really no sports talk about any sports i wanna talk about bronze aims of being the luminosity high lord of the n._b._a. and how you can i know what we we can talk about real quick and sports radio yeah i noticed vader rich paul you have time i i say this about in sports because i don't want to go to even sports i do find commentary on lebron and rich paul made it really really strange yes wonder what's motivating 'cause there's other black agents but y'all just really upset rich paul did did the drew rosenhaus house get discounted for t._v. because he was there was a different time periods if top he was humble newest place the ones who do rosenhaus fuck but i find his commentary where.
"james thurber" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"Made in California orange ornament throughout the world. Your health. Norma winds post the world, the lion, but your table is Roma wine made in California, Oregon, joy throughout the world. Roma by company? Fresno, California welcomes you get to this weekly out of such spent. From Hollywood Roma wines. Bring US stars miss Geraldine, FitzGerald and Mr Richard walk this. It's Gerald and Mr. wall with us lay in the unusual tale by the unusual James Thurber called a friend to Alexander. And now with James Bowes, bunion than strange story. And with fallen of rigid war as the man who was a friend Alexander and of Geraldine, FitzGerald as his wife best relates these events to us. We again hope to keep you in. Harry was a laughing happy, go lucky fellow before he began to have those dreams. I guess he was pretty much like, dozens of other man, go to work every morning. Settle down and solve chairs with the newspapers after dinner and like a weekend and the country now and then he was fond of easy living in good time, everyone else, he talked rationing tires and golf scores. Until until those nightmares began to play him at first, I was amused. I've been dreaming about Aaron Burr every night. What for how do I know what Aaron bird funny dreaming about nowadays?.
"james thurber" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"All you need to do is search for both shows tunes and hit. Subscribe on this show. We're celebrating the great comic writer, James Thurber, one of the things that makes us work. So special is that the humor is pointed, but gentle, take his disarming fables, some are originals and others are delicious reworkings of classics all of them have morals warning about conformity and pomposity and vanity. Here's the trio of Christie, Nielsen, Keith Olbermann and Susannah Rogers to read some of the best. The tortoise and the hare. There was once a wise, young tortoise, who read an ancient book about a tortoise who had beaten a hair in a race. He read all the other books. He could find. But in, none of them was there any record of a hair who had beaten a tortoise. How the wise young tortoise came to the natural conclusion that he could outrun the hair, so he set forth in search of one in his wanderings. He met many animals who were willing to raise him. We stoats dachshunds badger, bores, short-tailed field, mice, and ground squirrels. But when the tortoise asked if they could outrun a hair, they all said it. Oh, no, no. They couldn't with the exception of a dachshund named FREDDY, and nobody paid any attention to him. Well, I can said the tortoise, so there's no use wasting my time on you. And he continued his search after many days, the tortoise, finally encountered a hair and challenged him to a race. What are you gonna use fillets as the hair? Well, never mind that said the tortoise read this. He showed the hair, the story in the ancient book, complete with moral about the swift, not always being so terribly fast. Tass said the hair you couldn't go fifty feet an hour and a half. Whereas I could go fifty feet in one fifth seconds. Pau said the tortoise, you probably won't even finish second. Well, see about that said the hair, so they marked off, a course fifty feet long of the other animals gathered around a bullfrog. Seth them on their marks and the gun dog fired a pistol, and they were off. When the hair cross the finish line, the tortoise had gone approximately eight and three quarter inches. Moral a new broom may sweep clean, but never trust. An old Sol..
"james thurber" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Strangers who had never laid eyes on the peace like Mongoose remembered that they had seen him crawling on his stomach. Trying on Cobra hoods or plotting, the violent overthrow of Mongoose. Fables fairy tales and farce from James Thurber this week on selected shorts I will get you anything. Your heart desires. The king said is there anything your heart desires? Yes, the Princess. I want the mood. If I can have the moon will be well, again, now, the king had a great many wise, men, who always got for him anything he wanted. So he told his daughter that she could have the moon, Jae-in kes- Merrick, and you're listening to selected shorts from PRI the program that brings you great short fiction read live on stage at symphony space in New York City. We're going through. I'm sitting in the cat bird seat. It's always then it's never now you might recognize one or more of these quotes. They all come from the works of the digitally. Funny, James Thurber over the years. We've welcome many tales from this great American humorist, who lived from eighteen ninety four to nineteen sixty one Thurber wrote, and contributed regularly to the New Yorker and was dropped dead. Funny and every genre, he put his hand to these included short stories, fairy tales fables, memoirs and essays, and he'll astray many of them with delicate and faintly preposterous line drawings. So this fall, we pulled out all the stops and offered up Thurber fest at symphony space, as a part of the year of Thurber it included, treasured classics, and feud, less well known pieces and we invited some special friends, if there is work to celebrate with us. The evening was hosted by the sports caster and political commentator. Keith Olbermann, Thurbers, actually about if you are in a buoyant mood, you can hear in every story, and every fable and see in every drawing the joy of a life. Well laughed, if you are less sanguine you can feel behind you the excess stencil threat of the claw of the c- puss that gets us all in the end. But either way you can feel what he felt in his heart good bad, but never indifferent it mattered to him. It moved him at maddened him. It made him laugh, and he was able to refine it and convey it and leave it for us in a way that no one else no one else ever has. That was Keith Olbermann shouting out, Dame's Thurber from the stages symphony space. He's also the reader of our, I work when of Thurbers, droll confessional. Essays Thurber was interested in the hapless, male think of hopeless milk, toast, Walter Mitty, and here the author casts himself. In.
"james thurber" Discussed on The Bone 102.5
"Which kind of Christian, let's pretend those John's joints didn't happen. Who are you? Sean, do you know the slurred that I used well, the guy said that I used against Nessie? Surgeon. I feel like I was pretty clear about serpent, right? It was very clear. All right. Then I don't feel bad about. No winter to the Senate a few times. All right. The three songs by the way, Tom Petty's. You don't know how it feels sublime what I got. And Bruce Springsteen's born to run. No prizes for you prizes today, which means that tomorrow will be a double day. You'll get to double up on prizes. Courtesy of us on John joints, every day at four o'clock, seventy seven five seven nine one zero to five. I did not mention the most Florida of DUI stories. I don't know if you guys saw that this happened this weekend. This involved in motorcycle death, which is the bad part. Oh, yeah. I didn't understand the story had to read it a few times. There's a lot going on. So at first, you read it and you see a woman who's twenty nine years old, who should know better. She's from safety harbor Kelly's Alinsky. And she is driving at about five o'clock PM in the Clearwater area with two kids at our car, she hits and kills a motorcyclist. Then you start to read the details of the story, and it goes from tragic, too bizarre, and it becomes the most Florida of DUI manslaughter stories because you see. Ms Lewinsky is driving near Indian rocks road and west bay drive around five PM and other driver later identified as Stacy Lyn Marar had been following MS Lewinsky too closely, according to what MS Lewinsky told deputies. So what's linski does what any parent who is? Driving drunk with two kids in your car would do which is I not drive drunk with two kids in your car, but I'm not judging some Alinsky gets out of reveal. To confront the fifty two year old miss Maher who is behind her confront her because she thinks driving close. Probably tells the passenger, I'm gonna tell this bitch 'cause yeah, she had a passenger, she's driving drunk with their kids in the co well, one of her kids and the passengers kids, and she's drunk. So she gets out of the red at a red light gets out of her Hyundai to confront MS. Mar this markets at her wrath four runs towards Vissel. Let's start hitting her. A passenger in muslin skis, car recorded the fight and showed it to a deputy the deputy wrote in a report that MS Moore was the primary aggressor some as linski takes Harrison avenue in Clearwater, because that's the way you get to Clearwater. She starts turning left on Bellevue boulevard directly into the path of Harley Davidson, driven by Geoffrey, Pearl fifty-six of Largo, Mr Pearl is tragically thrown from the motorcycle and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Meanwhile, miss mar was still following MS Lewinsky after the crash. She gets out of her car walked up to his Alinsky and slapped her in the face firefighter paramedics on the scene witnessed the confrontation, according to cops, so she killed a dude, and then got out of her car sort beaten up this lady. No, she killed a dude. And then the lady got out our card. Well, yes, but this lady probably was impeding her up for the motorcycle. She's beating her up because of the confrontation. That's why I need an adult to explain the story. I read it a few times. And I couldn't get past the first there's too much happening here. Yeah. I like to dig through it. And then we'll do is usually find a strange six year old kid and I'll try to explain the story to him. And that way, if I can successfully do that. Then I'll be able to interpret it for the radio audience. Where do you find one of those random all talk to your child for a moment? Sure. Go right ahead. Do you understand what I'm saying to you? Here's drunk lady bad, lady with their kids go. Six. I understand words. Okay, good. So sheep miss mar gets arrested on a battery charge. She had slurred speech and watery eyes. Enter breath, smelled like alcohol miss mar refused to participate in field sobriety tests, or give breath sample. But she admitted to drinking to run runners and two beers earlier in the day and officer also notice she had a Cup in the car that smelled of alcohol, miss mar said it was a runner as they arrested, her on charges of battery and driving under the influence. She said, I can't believe y'all arresting me for hitting that bitch in the face after she killed that man on the motorcycle officers arrested. Let's DUI manslaughter charge and to child neglect charges because she had kids in the car. What is the moral the story here if we had to just take one from it? Don't drive drunk. Okay. What about okay? Okay. I got another question. I'm sorry. Were they both drunk? Yes allegedly according to the police. Yes, both of the women. Ladies car with the children drivers. Both drivers were I can only assume the passenger was in ABA braided as well. Otherwise, she probably would have driven the car instead of the drunk, mom. Now, when you say just a run run, or what is that is that kind of like a very fruity drink is our. Hey, it's no big deal. That's usually got a lot of booze in it, though. Right. It's usually got some liqueurs and a rub maybe a light room in a dark room. Maybe maybe Myers, floater, if we're all being honest here, and I think we have an honest type of show I had a Ron runner on Saturday. Friday, Friday, poolside. No, I went to Frenchies. I I, I'd never been to Frenchies for dinner. So I was out of Clearwater beach staying there for the weekend. And I went to I went to franchise and they, they have Miami vices there, which makes me think of a cruise, but they had pinochle Lada instead of strawberry, dockers, Pinnock, Lawton runner, make you feel alive. We by yourself. No. Wow. You know, John, you have more questions. I don't I don't have any lady. Yes. I was at the Michael charity weekend, and I had an opportunity to, to, you know, I feel like a big tool when everybody's coupled up side, there's a girl. I've been talking to, and I said, would you like to come out to this weekend, and she came out, and we had a couple of drinks meter unhinge? No, no, no. We've been friends on Snapchat for a while. So I said, let's have a real life encounter. Let's not just send each other messages pictures. Let's meet each other. She seems nice Renner to. She had a runner as well. Yes. I think she thought it was refreshing as well. You take your back to the room, give her one of the old Malla shame on you. I expect that from him now is shown wasn't John. That's not me sound, you might wanna check the two right? That's not. No. I took my eyes. Saint Pete doesn't go out. At all. But, but no, yes, I took her to the event and, and watch people play cornhole on Friday night guide. A very great conversation with Matt growthy and his wife mat? Loves you as wife absolutely loved. Your openness about going on medication. Cool. Thanks, a lot of big fans of the show. Talk about your conversation with Bruce Arians. Did you did you touched on that? Okay. Fact that, that he that he said babe, and he did it because he, he did some recruiting in the south did he rush like that. He was trying to get away or you feel you felt like you had a had him. He was he was doing the same thing that I was doing, which is kinda hanging on the outskirts of the party, because his wife wasn't there. So we kind of bumped into each other a couple times, and then we had a great conversation. He's a real nice guy like a super nice guy. I find myself ready to root for the buccaneers because of that, dude. Oh, yeah. You are for that every year because you meet James Thurber hammer. Be bucks fan. And then, you know James was different this year James stayed for maybe I saw him there for maybe fifteen minutes. And he was out, very kind of aloof, if you will, like usually kind of cutting it up a little bit and being the jokester here. I four and twelve for the bucks this year, James aloof at the party. Taking it as he's focused on nothing. But football ain't got time to play around kind of the way I took it to in that he's taking himself and his career a lot more seriously. I don't know. Because you only stayed for fifteen maybe I don't know. Maybe I'm rushing to early down the street. He had to get to lift himself home got him throwing footballs through a tire in the backyard. Drills. With Mike also really weird Mike to address the charity weekend, and, you know, James throwing balls to decide step you take it back to the room. Gentlemen, does not kiss Intel. This woman is right? Exactly. I'm just saying. You know it's been a little bit. It's been a little while it's yellow steak on hang. I did not get any stank on my hang down. A vigorous vigorous tug, you know what they say the best way to get over. Our woman is to mount. Another one on the beach after you've had a run rumor. Around. Well that was Friday Saturday at all went to crap. Seventy seven five seven five at eight hundred seventy seven two five..
"james thurber" Discussed on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"If they had a day game he play afterwards. And then he'd take them all out thrice cream, and you know, you learn about Willie Mays. You learn it he grew up in the neighborhood with Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis junior. Lionel Hampton all in his area and not to mention we'll Chamberlain with the next block and just hearing willy regale me with stories of his stickball days, and in New York, and then painstakingly go through the entire history of that photo, not to mention that his godmother and Guzzi is the person in the window. He tells me just really gives you a little insight into what New York met to him as a young guy Santa Colfax, sandy Colfax. You know, people think you know, that he's out of the spotlight a bit. And he is, but there's nothing he likes better than being a Cooperstown. And he's here every single year. And you know, the the great reaction is what you get from others who just don't expect to see them. I remember Tom Brokaw was here five or six years ago. And you know, he's he's in the ODA saga. And like, you said your favorite question is, you know, who'd you get to meet well, Brokaw talks about meeting, you know, Colfax and a couple of the other great legends Hank air, and you know, Johnny bench. And he says he says as an American. Shortstop who couldn't get a couldn't even get his girlfriend to come to a game, much less. A scout. He felt like Walter Mitty all weekend referring to the James Thurber, fictional, mild mannered character and in his novel. Ken Griffey junior. Ken Griffey junior. Ken Griffey junior is is the next guy to have the hall of fame on his shoulders. He loves breeze and adores the hall of fame. There's nobody who has more fun than him among him in each euro. I can't stop laughing all the time. I mean, we we just a guy that is very very fun loving. And he's great with kids. He wants to do what he can to get involved. And I I know that he's going to be the guy that takes hall of fame to the next level as the generations proceed. Yeah. Each euro, you mentioned a couple times already we've known. He's been there repeatedly. Just take us through that timeline. When begin to realize exactly how much he loves the baseball hall of fame. Really interesting BUSTER he's been here seven times now. And I believe in eighth visit is on the horizon not too far distance. But this is a guy that I followed when he was with Orix. I mean, it was amazed with them that you could win, you know, winning seven. Titles in a row. We went three MVP's my son, even even bought my son in each euro works t-shirt when he was like two or three years old to wear on the Cape all the time. And then, you know, he finally came to the states and he played and that rookie year of his when he broke ju shoeless Joe Jackson's record for most hits by a rookie. I had asked if he would consider donating the Battye used to break the record through the Mariners. He ended up sending us another bat that it used in a different game in September, which was fine. Because it's still allowed us to tell the story. Well, each comes up after the season that rookie year under the radar. He's in Cooperstown. And he says, I you know, I need to we need to do a phone call the Mariners need me on a phone call. So it turns sitting in my office. And then we we dial into this call and it was the call announcing that he had won rookie of the year. And he's on with all the national media, and they say to him where are you? And he says I'm in the United States, and that's all he said, probably seven or eight. Years. Nobody ever knew where he was until he finally let everybody know what was really important about that. A visit BUSTER is number one. I learned how much much disguise renaissance, man. He he mostly wanted to see our art collection the first time through and really study it and understand it and understand baseball art..
"james thurber" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And all the loose objects wound up there and their quotes along those lines here, not from Belo, but other quotes dovetail things that actually have been said like, I think Caputo Capote said something about to die in L A would be redundant. Yes. Certainly this Pepsi is not in short supply. There's a great moment from James Thurber where he says the newspapers say say it's one hundred and four here, but Angelenos feel no discomfort notice comfort. I hope the sons of bitches burn up. What's the ultimate goal? Is there? A composite picture. You get a respect through all this research. You've done all these diaries you've read and pistol work and so forth. I think the Los Angeles not by itself. But I think it's fair to say that Los Angeles defies any kind of grand summation, but I did get off the line in the preface, which I hope you'll indulge me to from for reading just a single sentence of because this is a book mostly of other people's language, and you, and I are writers we have egos, so. Yeah. Just apropos of that. There's a moment where I say L A is a mountain lion. We only glimpse in shudder quick flashes. A strong diary entry or letter makes good makes his good a trip wire is any serves me white, right? Serves me right for fumbling the line, but yeah, we have the good line. David. Thank you Michael coming from you. And having just heard you, quote, your beloved, Saul bellow, that means more to me than you can know Dorothy, Parker, said seventy two suburbs in search of a city. Good. Yeah. Yeah. That's not bad. And she's in here to talking about what a treat. It was to meet Marilyn Monroe the night Marilyn Monroe in her own letter to her nephew danced with RFK for the first time RFK starts to seem like kind of a motif in here, and what are the other motifs it rise? I mean, there's also enlist we neglected a lot about the beauty of Los Angeles. A lot about nature, you got John Muir in here. You've got some lovely writing by niacin in Eleanor Coppola about Los Angeles. So yeah, I mean everybody, of course, and rightly so identifies John Muir with the Sierra and hetch hetchy and the campaign to save it. I last night. I went out to Pacino and the waitress brought me what was called on the menu hetch hetchy water. And I took a moment of silence remembering John Moore's doomed campaign for it. But he used to go down and visit friends in Pasadena, and he was rhapsody ising about the the be loud Glades as Yates would call them in the foothills there. Los Angeles remains a city built across a mountain range, those people who don't go to the valley, don't often realize it, and even now I find it a a an easy place to rhapsodised about for all the blood and Michigan acid has on its hands. The some of the lines of Hollywood. I mean, I remember a line of Oscar Levant that came to mind and reading your book under the tinsel. There's more tinsel that line. But then you've got lines of people like Groucho Marx saying Hollywood. Well, they do you. Remember the line? I'm hazy on it because there's so many great great in heaven marched in my book. But but it was a line of the bride's. I think he said keep the bouquet and they throw away the groom. And now this is not I hasten to stipulate a book of great quotations about Los Angeles. Luckily, I'd like to think it doubles is that too. But you could certainly edit a whole different book of writing and pithy writing. That's not from diaries or letters in which people say, the most wonderful and demonic dispatch things about the city, but that's one for another day. Well, a favorite I must say as as Mankins he says, if if LA is not the rectum of civilization than I am not an anatomist, we'll make a sort of an anatomist, but not literally and that was one of the joys of putting it together because I got in touch with the Inuk Pratt free library of Baltimore too, which make had willed the rights to all of his work. Let me give the number out and want to hear from listeners things that you think about L A, or when you can maybe complete the sentence that we're going to throw to you. When asked our followers on social media, complete the sentence, Los Angeles is we got some responses, and you may want to add yours. Gabriela says Los Angeles is a hell hole where my father grew up. Johny says Los Angeles is overrated and regret in San Francisco. I'm Rick rights. Los Angeles is all about will Rogers state beach introductions I had to Los Angeles. When I first came. There was will Rogers state beach and memorable. You could do worse. You could do a lot worse. Let me invite our callers to join us thoughts about LA, or when you ask the question social media complete the sentence, Los Angeles is.
"james thurber" Discussed on WRIR.org 97.3FM
"Us now James Thurber, the university distinguished professor of government and founder and former director of the center for congressional and presidential studies at American University. He is the author of numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on congress interest groups and lobbying and campaigns and elections, and he's latest book is congress and the aspirin politics, the influence of ethnic and foreign lobbying. Welcome to background briefing. James thurber? It's good to be here. And thank you, and you longtime student of American politics and being there at the belly the based if you will in Washington have you ever seen anything like this here? We have a situation where the new speaker of the house is basically saying to the president you not welcome in my house, and until you open up the government. I mean on the surface. She saying that we have security concerns about. You delivering his state of the union address. And we would therefore lucky to not show up send it in writing. But I'm pretty sure what the real message here is not welcome in my house. Well, it's unique. It's unique in terms of the history of the shut down in the middle of this confrontation. But I think she's expressing the power given to congress in article one of the constitution. She has the right. And she's you invite or disinvite the president of the United States. He may give that address from his bunker in the White House, but he is not invited to go to the hill until they resolve this issue of the shutdown. She's using the statement that she's worried about security because many of the people that are associated with giving security secret service, but others are not being paid. And she thinks it's inappropriate. So is there more to this though, in the sense that we've heard she's never it quite bluntly, but more or less what she's been saying about these meetings that they've had and as, you know, James. The president invited a number of Democratic Congress people he thought he might be able to peel off for a meeting in the White House, and they refused to show up. It seems that the tactic on the part of policy now is to try and ignore him. But what she's made clear from previous meetings is that it's awfully difficult meeting with a president. Who does not have a kind of a basic understanding of the facts, he has his own facts and together with the fact that if if you do make a deal with him. Now as soon as you out of the Oval Office is likely to renege on the deal because he gets influenced by something he sees on. Fox News or listens to from Rush Limbaugh. So is is that what's really going on behind the scenes here? The sense that I mean path in politics and apart from political posturing is it possible that Pelosi and Schumer have really decided that this guy's not fit for office. And you can't deal with him. Well, I think this is a unique in history of the United States that he has shown that he cannot be trusted. He makes up facts. And when you're negotiating with somebody, especially on the importance of all of the functions of government that people on the left to right the middle need, then you have to stand up to him, and you have to use the rule of law constitution and your abilities to force him to come to the table and make a decision he he doesn't really understand negotiation related to government, maybe he understands negotiation when he's bankrupt, and he has a housing project, and he wants to renegotiate loans and things, but this is not what we have is using that same tactic. He didn't business walking away like a child sometimes. From the deal. The only way the the Pelosi and Schumer, but but others behind the scenes Republicans behind the scenes can enforce them to do this. This is something like not allowing him to say the union message to embarrass him. Now that the Democrats are in power in the house of representatives. They don't have sorry about this term, but they don't have Republican toadies going along with the president. No matter what I think many of the Republicans now are supporting close behind the scenes because they really are very concerned about this for their constituents for voters that supported them again. I say that were based upon a constitution rule of law. Deliberation. Honesty, and the president doesn't seem to be concerned about those things. And I'm speaking with James Thurber, who's the university distinguished professor of government and founder and former director of the center for congressional and presidential studies at American University in Washington DC is the author of numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on congress interest groups and lobbying and campaign and elections, and he's latest book is congress, and the Asper politics, the influence of ethnic and foreign lobbying. While the broader issue seems to me is that and this again is unprecedented. That we have a president who apparently in private is is I'm trying to think of the right word without sending polemical because he's apparently just sort of out to lunch. I guess you know, what you recall when unless he's looking at himself in the mirror or on television. Which apparently what he does for eight hours a day. I mean that would be the equivalent of if you're an actor, and I'm talking to you from Hollywood. If you're an actum, you'll be more interested in the reviews, then the performance. So that's what we sort of have this man, right? His monitoring his own performance. Or at least how people are reacting to him rather than being proactive. That's strange in itself. But all the reporting you get through the cracks indicates that this is truly somebody that's completely out of his depth than an unfit to govern and the upcoming testimony by his fixer the lawyer mccown, apparently he's going to tell the American public that Donald Trump is a madman. So is that really at the end of the day. Cohen is not the first if he states this that the president is infantile and and really random and close to being a madman new these are not impeachable things that are going on. But people generally in the democrat Republican party are very concerned about it. About him. And I think it will continue to get worse and worse, and I don't know where it in actually at this point. So do you think it it inexorably heading towards the invocation of the twenty fifth amendment? Well, some people have certainly talked about his mental state not being right into us the twenty fifth amendment to get rid of him. And they get at the very beginning of the administration. I don't remember all the discussions, then I think there's some evidence that that would be a viable route. I think the Democrats are afraid to use. Impeachment because they think that wouldn't go anywhere in the Senate, and that it would enhance his popularity and his base as it did with with Clinton. But I really believe strongly believe in the perfect of our government the bureaucracy the rule of law, the constitution, the state, the state's attorney general, and our organizations that are continuing to put pressure to get him to stop what he's doing or or to push him in another direction. Our democracy is being challenged right now more so than even during a war in my opinion. And we don't have this clear external threat to the United States is doing more. But we have a clear internal threat to our democratic institutions. And I think people understand. That and we'll continue to struggle to get through this. And yet, I don't know the end game yet. Well, one thing has changed. And it's certainly hasn't changed for the better. And that is that those few adults in the room as they referred to that were constraining Donald Trump's impulses and trying to educate him about reality. Then no longer there. So he's parent. He's getting advice now from his son-in-law. Jared is daughter Ivanka his campaign manager, Brad pastels and Stephen Miller. So he's not getting any kind of you know, there's nobody speaking truth to power anymore. So we're on I think on a more dangerous trajectory are we not than we were before when secretary Mattis. I mean, the fact that we just learned that Donald Trump was literally about to go to the microphones and pull the United States out of NATO, and he was stopped at the last minute by General Mattis, that's just breathtaking to understand that that almost happened. And. I mean, it could happen again. So yeah, the adults are gone. The adults are gone. The people who brought truth to power are gone when you have to rely upon Stephen Miller, your colleague from Santa Monica. It's still remembers his high school. Days when he was insulted. And that influences what he suggests to the president. We are in bad shape. Everyone says well vodka and Jared or are limiting what he can do. I don't think. So I don't think they know enough about government. I don't think they know enough about these policies to have a positive impact. It is a problem and America, generally is very worried about it. There are people quote that are his base thirty percent of Americans like what he's doing and ignore his personality and the way he does it so short of him having a Howard Beale moment in front of the cameras Howard Beale being the character from the movie network, the smell Broadway. Yeah. I was mentioning that for the benefit the audience that he he may. That's okay. Now, he he had the famous line. I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore of Howard Beale, actually made sense. If Donald Trump guys off, the deep end, he may not make sense. But short of that happening. What would occur would break the spell of that thirty percent? That's kept inside the Fox News bubble whether immune to facts and evidence. Well, I think the impact on especially farmers and upper tier midwest on what the tariffs are doing. And whether jobs have been created or not in the coal industry. All of these things eat away at it. But the most important thing right now is if the Democrats have candidates plural or candidate eventually that really addresses their needs and addresses. How crazy this guy is in this democracy? That's the way out way out is through an election and the election campaign has started. And some of the candidates are very careful about criticizing the president. I think that the gloves are gonna come off soon and they're going to directly criticize him. Now. I think they've got to have with that. They suggestion how they can prove people's lives people's lives that were captured by his populist argument. Anti immigrant populist argument. So again, I go back I trust our democracy across the the campaigns. I trust the house of representatives to have rigorous oversight hearings. All of these things will add up and put limits on what they can do what Mueller fines maybe in terms of. Russian investment. Two thousand brash where he could get money. And maybe he got money to help his company says that comes out I think that will continue to change people's minds, but just in closing in that context, then it would make sense phone Nancy Pelosi to do what she's doing now because econ accept this as being normal, and she's more or less signaling here by telling the president that he not welcome to give the state of the union until the government is open not that she saying that openly. But essentially, do you think it's a it's the right tactic to more or less say we can't treat this situation of normal become treat this, man. That's president of being formal. The situation is not normal. And therefore the American people have got to wake up and realize that these are not normal times. Do you think that in a broad sense? That's what's happening here. In terms of has strategy. So I think our message is not a partisan tribal are polarized message. It is a message that says article of the constitution establishes the power up congress. We have the power to invite or not invite him and that he is not a normal executive. But we do not invite him here. Specially when government shutdown. I think that's a clear message. And I think it's goes well beyond just party politics at this point. It goes on it addresses the issue of the power of congress under the constitution. And by the way, I'll say it again. She also said, well, he can make a statement from the White House. I say he can make a statement from the bunker in the White House, but that's different than going to congress and beating up on everybody in congress for an hour for the American public. See? Well, James Thurber. I think he very much for joining us here today. This is a documentary asked great questions. Well, I thank you for joining. Really? I mean, it's good. Okay. Well calling. I appreciate it. Bye. Bye. And again, I mean speaking with James Thurber, the anniversary distinguished professor of government founder and former director of the center for congressional and presidential. Studies at American University is the author numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on congress interest groups and blogging and campaigns.