Sunday, October 30, 2016

Vendee globe starts Sunday, November 6

The 2016-2017 Vendee Globe race starts Sunday, November 6.  The rules are very simple. One person on a boat, no outside assistance.  Leave from Les Sable d'Olognes, France, circumnavigate the globe, leaving the great Capes to port: Good Hope, Leeuwin, and Horn.  Return to the point of beginning.

On the hard

At Barron's Boatyard, City Island.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

'I was left speechless': Bob Dylan breaks two-week silence over Nobel prize | Music | The Guardian

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'I was left speechless': Bob Dylan breaks two-week silence over Nobel prize | Music | The Guardian

“There’s a certain intensity in writing a song,” he added. “You have to keep in mind why you are writing it and for who and what for.”
The singer also tied songwriting to his interests in painting and sculpting, though he recognized that not all of his ambitions would achieve the same success as his music.“I’d like to drive a race car on the Indianapolis track. I’d like to kick a field goal in an NFL football game. I’d like to be able to hit a hundred-mile-an-hour baseball. But you have to know your place.” he said. “There might be some things that are beyond your talents.
“Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.” 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's celebrate Dylan's Nobel //David Remnick ~ The New Yorker

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good day for the Patriot League

Good day for the Patriot League.
Fordham 41 Yale 34
Holy Cross 27 Harvard 17
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Few Thoughts on Dylan's Big Day // Josh Marshall

A Few Thoughts on Dylan's Big Day
Barack Obama:
Barack Obama being interviewed in Rolling Stonetalking about Dylan's performance at the White House in February 2010 where he performed a recognizable but re-candenced version of the Times They Are A Changin'. 
Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.
These are both important people to me. This is how I'd prefer both of them be.

Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - The New York Times

Sage advice from Robert Zimmerman from Mr. Tambourine Man (1964):

"...Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow."
Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - The New York Times

So put me down as a YES on Dylan's honor.  He really is a great writer.  Chronicles is excellent.  But it's for his poetic lyrics that he will be rightfully remembered.  Literary critic Christopher Ricks Dylan's Visions of Sin persuaded me that Dylan can hold his own with writers from Shakespeare to Browning, to Keats.  As one reviewer, Andrew Motion in the Guardian writes:
Dylan's Visions of Sin is a labour of love, and a proof that he's won (though not by himself) the argument about his man. These days no one would think - would they? - that it's doubtfully transgressive or suspiciously cool to call Dylan a genius. Perhaps for this reason one of the most exciting things about the book is its air of vindication. "I've told you before, and now I'm going to tell you good," it seems to say at the outset, before unspooling at great length and with a mixture of skittishness and seriousness heady even by Ricks's standards.
The rewards are just as one would expect: a bracing attention to artfulness, a wonderful sensitivity to nuance, and a particularly brilliant sympathy with the purpose and effect of Dylan's rhymes. The big figures in Ricks's pantheon - Empson, Eliot and (yes) Keats - are repeatedly invoked to give a context other than the ones in which Dylan usually appears, and generous attention is given to less familiar songs as well as the more famous ones.
The overall structure, too, is appropriately fixed and capacious: realising that "the word 'sin' haunts [Dylan's] songs" Ricks gives seven chapters on the deadly sins themselves, four on the virtues, and three on the heavenly graces. In each case, he discusses lyrics that illustrate the theme in question - "Song to Woody", "Positively 4th Street", "Blind Willie McTell" and "Handy Dandy" for envy, "Gotta Serve Somebody" and "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for covetousness, and so on. Just as the governing idea of embarrassment in his Keats book allowed him to keep a clear end in view and also to wander, so these divisions maintain a definite shape while making space for diversions, asides and elaborations.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bye bye Big Papi

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BUT WHAT NEXT for the Red Sox? The idea of finding a replacement for Ortiz is daunting. He hit .315/.401/.620, leading the majors in slugging, extra-base hits (87), and OPS (1.020), blasting 38 homers, and leading the majors with 127 RBIs. Who else can be that sort of DH?
“I don’t know that that hitter exists right now, to be honest with you,” said Manager John Farrell.

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