THE INFORMATION # 729 APRIL 26, 2013

THE INFORMATION

#729 APRIL 26, 2013

Copyright 2013 FRANCIS DIMENNO

http://dimenno.gather.com

francisdimenno@yahoo.com

 

HAPPY

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.–Groucho Marx 

 

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.—Epicurus

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.–W. Somerset Maugham

 

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.–Marcus Aurelius

 

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.–Orson Welles

 

WHEN THIS WORLD CATCHES FIRE

BOOK THREE: SAVAGE NOXTOWN

CHAPTER SIX: PART EIGHT: BIG TROUBLE

Footnote:

I had thought, back in 1986, that Maddox’s stories about the long reach and corrupt influence of the Stolas clan were the wildly imaginative delusions of a deranged hobo. But some 20 years later, in 2005, I read the following dossier—about the grandson of this notorious clan—an account which sent a chill through my bones.

STOLAS, RICHARD

The 60ish Richard Stolas has been, for the past 30-odd years, the head of the Citywide Improvement Association. In his expensive suit, custom-tailed shirt, and conservatively-cut all-silk foulard he is by all appearances a respectable citizen of substance and means. Nobody looking at Stolas dozing by the fire in his usual comfortable chair in the wood-paneled Cherry Room at the Soho Club in Old Town would suspect that this jolly 300-pound personage with the receding hairline and brown beard flecked with white is a man whose name is spoken of in whispers and used to scare small children. A sort of sinister anti-Santa, those who have crossed his path have received for their temerity not presents, but a world of pain, for Stolas, formerly a higher-up in a secretive government agency, is said to have dabbled in virtually every form of mind-control, from those involving hypnotism, sensory deprivation, drugs, and medical procedures to others, nameless and perhaps unnamable or at least better left unmentioned. This enigmatic bachelor, a serial monogamist whose partners have all either died prematurely or gone insane, has been known to make grown men quake with just a cross look. It is said that a political endorsement by Stolas is a Faustian bargain at best; although his candidates always win their contested races, they are almost invariably forced to resign their positions in disgrace before the end of their terms. Nowadays, savvy pols tend to steer clear of “The Man”, albeit in a diplomatic way which they fondly hope will not give him undue offence. For his part, Stolas wields his enormous power in city politics with quiet firmness. Those charities he deems superfluous soon relocate; those fundraising organizations which fail to meet with his approval soon disband. Nevertheless, he himself refuses to serve on any boards, but prefers to make his preferences known through more clandestine means. Those who have the poor judgment to defy him have a tendency to suffer episodes of delirium and erratic behavior which are often headlines in the next day’s local paper. It is said he can make himself invisible; can make a man bark like a dog; can predict what will happen before it occurs. This is palpable nonsense; a testimony not to his true powers but to the power of public credulity. However, he himself was once quoted as saying: “Who cares what stupid people think? I do. The beliefs of stupid people drive the world.” (The reporter who was foolhardy enough to attribute this saying to Stolas was found trudging, naked and weeping, on the Shanty Street off-ramp of Route 299 in Anytown Lower Falls. He has been committed and now permanently resides at the Arcadia Nursing Home, even though he is only 27. The paper hastily printed a retraction in the afternoon edition.) Stolas is known to enjoy horseracing and casino gambling; aside from these minor vices, he has no other known hobbies or avocations. His is, however, said to have a curious tattoo, though nobody can agree as to what it represents; some say it is a dragon, and others have variously reported it as a star of David, a crown, a crucifix, a lion, a bearded man, a sphinx, a corpse, a heart, a dagger, a globe, an all-seeing eye, a phoenix, a bell, a spider, a tiger wearing an army helmet, a bear on a unicycle, three lengths of chain, a skull in a cobra’s basket, a mermaid, a coiled rattlesnake, or a pair of circling sharks.

1*SALUTATION

HARPER’S BIZARRE

HAPPY TALK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttXZPVvb-9s

 

2*REFERENCE

THE JUNGLE: A HOBO ROMANCE

http://pappysgoldenage.blogspot.com/2013/04/number-1347-its-jungle-out-there.html

 

3*HUMOR

THE MAD MAD COMEDIANS

Truly awful Rankin-Bass animated special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sjp9em8uQlU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QtWZzF3o6I

 

4*NOVELTY

BIM SKALA BIM

WISE UP

http://youtu.be/ZrgKNO1RVSk

 

5*AVATAR OF THE ZEITGEIST

DON RICKLES ROASTS JERRY LEWIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AllhU-qRRbs&feature=share

 

ALSO SEE:

JACK CARTER ROASTS JERRY LEWIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mISGdzpAT9A&playnext=1&list=PL49428868634B46A9

 

6* DAILY UTILITY

LEO KOTTKE

SIX AND TWELVE STRING GUITAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6HgQHj-zb4

 

7*CARTOON

TEX AVERY

LITTLE ‘TINKER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWJUC5rYJWI

 

8*PRESCRIPTION

VIA STEVE MULCAHY

Bob Marley Rises From Grave To Free Frat Boys From Bonds Of Oppression

http://www.theonion.com/articles/bob-marley-rises-from-grave-to-free-frat-boys-from,1808/

 

9*RUMOR PATROL

ANTI- ACID HOUSE PROPAGANDA FROM BRITISH TABLOIDS

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/anti-acid_house_propaganda_from_british_tabloids_late_80s

 

10* LAGNIAPPE

FACES

STAY WITH ME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSQp7YOPdJ8

 

11* DEVIATIONS FROM THE PREPARED TEXT: A REVIEW OF OTHER MEDIA

THE HOBO REVIVAL

Be sure and watch for forthcoming volumes in my ongoing Americana series, including:
The Hobo’s Apprentice:
The Cross-Country Hobo;
The Runaway Hobo;
The Hobo’s Legacy;
King Hobo;
The Rock Candy Mountain Hobo;
The Christmas Hobo;
Circle of Hobos;
The Hobo’s Homecoming;
The New Year’s Hobo;
The Lost Hobo;
A Hobo’s Holiday;
The IWW Hobo;
The Hobo’s Bride;
The Billionaire Hobo

And be sure not to miss the other titles in the series, including:

Hobo on the Run;
Big Top Hobo;
Hobo Detective;
Killer Hobo;
The Forgetful Hobo;
Morning Comes Softly, Hobo;
Hobo By Starlight;
Undercover Hobo:
Song of the Hobo;
Hobo in the Rain;
Yesterday’s Hobo;
The Laughing Hobo;
Am Hobo, Will Travel;
The Hobo and the Widow;
The Way to a Hobo’s Heart
Here Comes Hobo Junior;
The Super Cigars of the Magic Hobo, and Other Stories.

And don’t miss related titles, such as:

Friday the Hobo Slept Late
Saturday the Hobo Went Hungry
Sunday, the Hobo Stayed Home
Monday The Hobo Left Town
Tuesday the Hobo Saw Red
Wednesday the Hobo Got Wet
Thursday the Hobo Walked Out

The Story of “H”: The Sensuous Hobo.

CONTROVERSIES IN POPULAR CULTURE. 683.

AMAZON REVIEW: MAN AND SUPERMAN

I must admit I was very disappointed with “Man and Superman”. I thought it was going to be another corking adventure yarn featuring the Man of Steel but instead of having Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane and the rest of the Daily Planet gang it was a boring play about a bunch of stuffy and shallow jerks. One star.

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