Mar. 20th, 2014

fengi: (Mark sez)
Lawrence Walsh, Age 102
Best known as the independent prosecutor who investigated the Iran Contra crimes of the Reagan administration. He got convictions for National Security Adviser John Poindexter, NSC Member Oliver North, but they were overturned thanks to Congressional immunity. He indicted Reagan Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger twice; the second time was just before the 1992 election, which some say helped Clinton win (Bush I pardoned Weinberger). His book Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up is worth a read.

Khushwant Singh, Age 99

I mainly know about Singh from seeing his books on display in stores along Devon Avenue (Chicago's Little India). Books like Sex, Scotch and Scholarship and Not a Nice Man to Know were prominently displayed. He was a major literary figure in India, writing fiction and non-fiction, and an outspoken secularist. His novel Train to Pakistan is in my "to read" pile.

Here's a quote:
But big people’s illnesses are always made to sound big. The simple shutting and opening of the royal arse-hole was made to sound as if the world was coming to an end.
―Khushwant Singh, Delhi: A Novel
fengi: (A Nice Day for Killing)
ONE
As of yesterday, People who were 10 when the Iraq War disaster began can now drink. It doesn't feel so long ago and it's still okay to be pissed about it.

TWO
I shall again note the start of shock and awe pre-empted the last few minutes of Angel, just before the episode's denouement, adding insult to injury. On the upside, I will forever remember exactly what I was doing in that historic moment. On the downside, that was what I was doing.

THREE
David Boreanaz does not look 11 years older; what is that guy's secret?

FOUR
I wish K-Tel or Time-Life was still around as there would be ads for the Music From The Shock And Awe Era by now. Feel free to offer suggestions for tracks, liner notes or ad copy in the comments.

Here's one song suggestion (the acoustic version natch, as it's an oldie):