Thursday, April 28, 2005


PATHFINDER John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire by Tom Chafin 2002 Hill and Wang A division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Tom and Meta are part of the literatci that have become part of the Manuel's Tavern Myth. This book does what I most enjoy about non-fiction biography and history which is tell the human face about the characters who make our world. The pains, loves, failures, triumphs, talent and luck which make up life need to be included when one tries to tell a complete story about a person. Tom is a gifted scholar and a good story teller. He chose a character who is both important in the American story and someone whose complete story needed to be told.

Last night I went to hear Elvis Costello play in Athens, Georgia for the first time. Great 2 hour set at the Athens Classic Center.

The night before I went to hear Michael Penn at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta and then the BooHoo Ramblers at Blind Willies.

President W. Bush had what was described as the fourth prime time news conference of his Presidency tonight. I received an e-mail during the 1 hour asking why the networks were televising him. I had hoped to watch ABC television's showing of Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon. I had been paid to be an extra one cold night in Atlanta several years ago to reshoot some scenes of that movie. I never saw it to see if they used any of my cameo appearance. I did meet and chat with Reese that night.


Blogger Shiksabelle said...

Here's one of those milestones that might interest you and your readers: Sol Stetin, 95, Labor Leader Who Unionized J.P. Stevens, Dies. He's the lefty hero that "Norma Rae" is based on. He died last week. Last month, having just turned 95, he was still taking part in union protests, attending a rally in St. Louis in a contract dispute with a large laundry company.

May 29, 2005 at 11:55 AM  

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