"Why should the calculus of the destinies not have its thorny parts?"

"Turn It Up" by Michael Davidson.

I listened to this song maybe a thousand times back in the summer of 1987, lying around my friend Kelli’s house, dressing Barbies, playing with cigarette lighters, drinking Classic Coke, watching MTV. The cassette tape of the Who’s That Girl Soundtrack was always in the boombox. (We fast-forwarded “The Look of Love” most of the time. Ugh.)

But until now I had never seen the “Turn It Up” video…and OMG I’m so happy that I have now. What passion! To paraphrase another 1987 hit, “I wanna dance with somebody (wearing a mock turtleneck).”

11:37 am, by ascendingcoherence
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The most melodious phrase: catalpa blooms.

Chicago, Illinois. June 2014.

5:00 pm, by ascendingcoherence
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Possibly a case might be made out that children are not human either: but I should not accept it. Agreed that their minds are not just more ignorant and stupider than ours, but differ in kind of thinking (are mad, in fact): but one can, by an effort of will and imagination, think like a child, at least in a partial degree — and even if one’s success is infinitesimal it invalidates the case: while one can no more think like a baby, in the smallest respect, than one can think like a bee.

Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica (1929).

It’s just a coincidence that I’ve been reading so many books that concern themselves with the strange moral landscape of children this summer.

1:30 pm, by ascendingcoherence
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The inside of Laura was different indeed: something vast, complicated, and nebulous that can hardly be put into language. To take a metaphor from tadpoles, though legs were growing her gills had not yet dropped off. Being nearly four years old, she was certainly a child: and children are human (if one allows the term “human” a wide sense): but she had not altogether ceased to be a baby: and babies of course are not human — they are animals, and have a very ancient and ramified culture, as cats have, and fishes, and even snakes: the same in kind as these, but much more complicated and vivid, since babies are, after all, one of the most developed species of the lower vertebrates.

Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica (1929).

Now I recall my emotions at that moment, children seem to me a remarkable race. They want so much to murder so many people, and they so rarely murder anybody at all.

Rebecca West, in The Fountain Overflows (1956). 

(The context is an incident when she is furious with her older sister.)

9:58 am, by ascendingcoherence
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The apex of Juice Newton’s comedic art arrived with the video to “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me.” 

This video plays out like an episode of one of those forgotten sitcoms like “Too Close for Comfort” or “Three’s a Crowd.” In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me this video was shot on an ABC stage set, the look is so 1982.

"Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard On Me" is the best. The image of Juice Newton in her cast is what etched itself onto my mind as a child, and still pops up first when I think of her.

I think she is Huey Lewis’ equal in mugging at the camera. I can think of no higher compliment to pay. 

11:40 am, by ascendingcoherence
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For Juice’s hit love ballad “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” they played it fairly straight: a romantic day in New York.  If you saw this video on mute you would think it was one of those stock background pieces they play at karaoke.

However, a bit of the goofball still shines through. I enjoy the “you spilled my coffee? I don’t have any use for you now” bit at the beginning, and the part where they appear to be spitting off a bridge.

More importantly: don’t we need a Juice Newton biopic, so that  John C. Reilly can play Otha Young?

How does one choose their favorite Juice Newton video?

In case you don’t remember, back in the ’80s Juice Newton was a bit like a female Huey Lewis — a hitmaker with a goofy video persona.

Consider “Queen of Hearts.”  I like this one because it looks like they made it at Silver Dollar City in Branson. Everything Juice and Otha wear in this video is something you could find in the costume trunk at those places where your family dresses up like the Old West and gets a sepia photo taken.

Crap. Now I want some salt water taffy…

11:15 am, by ascendingcoherence
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Chemists have conducted a few different studies identifying them. One prominent compound results from the breakdown of lignin, a polymer found in plant cell walls, as well as paper. As it degrades, it’s converted into vanillin, a chemical naturally present in vanilla beans, accounting for the hints of vanilla.

9:42 am, reblogged by ascendingcoherence
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Summer household hints from Marlys!

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