Finally read this piece. Happy I did. One thing, though, Mr. Brooks: Your generalization about radio is only valid if you ignore college radio. I'm sure you meant commercial radio, but I feel like it's worth mentioning college radio, which has certainly been around for three decades or so, as a place "people who like music" can find something to listen to over the airwaves.
Long live music AND college radio!
I'm more than a bit confused as to why this reviewer was looking for comedy and declared it a flaw of Frances Kuffel's writing when none emerged. In my opinion, one of the threads of this memoir is that certain situations in life (in this case the dating scene over age 50) is not a fun time even if approached with hope, low expectations and a grain of salt. Perhaps the reviewer should stick to reading books that promise to entertain her.
I think what the reviewer is saying is NOT that she expected everything to be tied up with a shiny bow at the end, but that she was hoping that when Frances wrote "Maybe I needed me," it signified a change in Frances' behavior, maybe even an end to desperately searching in all the wrong places for love. I have to agree that a lot of the book was painful/sad and cringe-inducing.
I couldn't disagree more with this review. I found Frances Kuffel's honesty compelling, and her prose to be fun, dancing, and intelligent. The fact that there was no resolution to the story told is because it's a series of stories---because our lives are like that. Short little films. Odd docu-dramas and quirky short movies. What you might have found choppy and erratic about her tales, I found easy to follow. The book flowed for me. Perhaps it's because I understand what it is to search for something and never find it. The idea of any book having to have some sort of resolution is silly. Life isn't resolved until death, and I certainly don't want the author of a memoir to die at the end of her story. I want her to dust herself off, pick herself up, and start all over again. That's what Frances Kuffel has done---in this book and in her life.
Why don't you do an article on the EVIL George Soros, the billionaire who says he would like to see the US dollar collapse and would like to help make it happen. The guy who has donated over a billion dollars to left wing liberals over the last decade. Once again you show how one sided you are. Why doesn't some one do an article about WHY Obama had lawyers hide all of his college records (and other records from his past). Why would a presidential candidate go to those lengths to hide his past?? Answer me that also.
A distinct bravo to writer/book and reviewer. Doesn't sound like much has changed:-(
Having grown up in the aftermath of massive Forest Service backcountry road projects,gigantic sasquatch-shaped power corridor pylons, and chain-linked electrical
mega-power installations, I applaud your work. Note Hanford sits on the Olympia-Wallowa
Lineament, a regional faultline, the San Andreas Fault of the northwest.
Nice article, Dan. I can't tell if your lament for the ease of defining yourself relative to an evil empire is sarcasm or if it truly pains you.
I personally think the new era where we must actually judge music on it's content is the BIRTH of taste. We can no longer feign sophistication through the laziness of being a part of a non-mainstream counterculture. We actually have to think. We may have to explain and justify our identities by developing our own values.
Thank you for this beautifully written review - and hope to see some Missoula folks tonight!
I love pony boy! Used to ride trains with him!!
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Thank you so much Mr. Brooks! Your words hit me right in the 'aw shucks' part of my chest. It is truly very appreciated.
Wonderfully imaginative look at a dire situation.
I recently got to see the punk rock/ avante art/ total crowd participation/ madness that was Peelander Z. The Japanese duo played about 3 chords and had little in the way of what most music fans would label 'musical talent.'
This being said, it was one of the greatest shows this music fan has ever witnessed. It was super fun and all interactive. They handed out instruments like pots and pans. It was insanity.
Now I have never seen Bad Naked. His naked performance at The Ritz, (now The Badlander) and his subsequent LIFE BAN from venue: is legendary.
Personally, I'm very curious to see what Bad Naked brings this Friday. If it's anything like Peelander Z; it will be madness combined with fun. A spectacle with a jingle. After all, isn't that essentially the point?
This whole thing sounds ridiculous and I can't wait to witness it first hand!?
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His video "Prayer Loop Song"has been seen by over 1 million wordwide on our page
Polar Bears were indigenous to as far south as Minnesota upon settlement but called the Yellow Bear because it retained its summer coat longer but still the same bear. But keep the finger on the panic button anyways.
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