Once Upon A Time in Milan (Out New Yorker-ing the New Yorker)

The New Yorker explored Benedetta briefly here.

Of course we went a few layers deeper.

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McCONNELL STEPS OVER A DEAD JURIST

This ghastly man hardly waited until Justice Ginsberg was cold to announce that his 2016 assault on the Constitution was just that and nothing more. Election year, election month be damned –he will turn on a dime and repudiate his earlier concocted “precedent” to ram through another right-wing justice.

The Dems caved in 2016.
Are they going to now?
Are they going to continue not to make the judiciary a campaign issue?

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NEXT BARR WILL BE FIXING THE TRUMPS’ PARKING TICKETS

You cannot bring down a democracy without the systemic corruption of the justice system Barr is so flagrantly enacting.

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TRUMP PATHOLOGIZES SANITY

witness his attempt to turn Biden’s observance of prevention protocol into a mark of psychological disturbance.

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MITCH McCONNELL’S CONTRACT ON AMERICA

Newt Gingrich is proud.

Mitch couldn’t give a fig about COVID relief, but he’s beavering away confirming more unfit, extremist judges for lifetime appointments.

Jake Johnson at Common Dreams delivers the verdict.

Will the Democrats please, finally make the jdiciary a campaign issue?

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AUSTERITY MUST BE IMPOSED ON THE BILLIONAIRES

Bernie is right: “Instead of more austerity for the working class of this country, we need to impose austerity on the billionaire class and on Wall Street.”

The uber-wealthy have made out like bandits during COVID.

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THIS SHOWS HOW TERRIFIED THE TRUMPISTS ARE ABOUT THE DEBATES

Don Jr. predicts that Biden will fall ill with COVID in order to skip the debates–that tips you off to the fact that Trump will never agree to debate him, will find any excuse not to.

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HERE’S LISTENING TO YOU, MAN!

When Janis Joplin heard that Francesco Scavullo wanted to photograph her for a fashion layout, she was “incredulous at first, and then vastly amused,” Linda Gravenites recalled.

Myra Friedman, Joplin and Linda came to Scavullo’s East side studio in December 1969. In the dressing room were two stylists making her up and fluffing her hair–”as much as she’d let them.” She “didn’t have too much patience” with the beautification rigmarole. Joplin kept bursting into laughter: “being treated like a cover girl was just not something Janis could take seriously.”

Linda and one of the atylists helped Janis in and out of succession of outfits, some of which Linda had designed and made. Scavullo kept up the fashion photographer’s proverbial stream of patter and encouragement. He put on a record and Janis started to boogie: “Fabulous. . .more of that. . .that’s great, darling.” “Listen to you, man!” she teased him.

Scavullo recalled on a number of subsequent occasions that the session was one of his particular favorites. The pictures, however, didn’t make it into Harper’s Bazaar, where Scavullo was under contract and where Linda thought they were headed. She thought was because of Joplin’s death, but that’d didn’t occur until ten months later. Perhaps, even in 1970, Joplin was too much for HB.

So Linda had never seen the final product until I brought her Scavullo’s anthology when I first interviewed her in San Francisco in 1986. There was Joplin, just as she’d remembered her that day, shimmying away in one picture, and in the second, wagging an admonishing finger at Scavullo’s camera and cackling gaily.

I may write about Linda as a pendant to Benedetta.

Author’s self-query: Joplin’s laughter could have meant so many things — is it even fair/worth it to speculate? Not here, at least.

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WHERE ARE THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS TRUMP PROMISED TWO YEARS AGAO?

Come an election, it’s a lead pipe cinch that Trump will:

a) lie that a caravan, an ANTIFA posse, some alien group of boogey people is coming to destroy America.

And only he can save us!

b) lie that middle class tax cuts are right around the corner.

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WHO GIVES MORE THAN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BROKE?

Those are the paraphrased words and the verbatim sentiment expressed to Francis Mason thirty years ago by a production crew hand who worked Martha Graham’s New York seasons. He was grateful for the generous tip that Graham customarily lavished on her stage crew. Graham’s company itself was in perpetual straits.

I thought of this again today as I read Alexi Jenkins at Common Dreams, who states that “it is low-income communities that provide for their own needs. As The Atlantic reports, the poorest Americans give the most. While the wealthiest Americans donate only 1.3 percent of their income, the poorest donate 3.2 percent on average, and less affluent zip codes give more relative to their richer neighbors.”

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EXCEPTION TO THE RULE–Or, reality is complex and contradictory

Remember how in “Dryads of West 55th Street” I wrote about New York City Ballet ballerinas putting on the dog whenever they left the stage door?

Well, perhaps not always whenever.

In the Hollywood Reporter, Mike Connolly wrote on July 22, 1955:

“Nobody sipped champagne from a ballerina’s slipper at Jimmy Doolittle’s post-show party at the Los Feliz Brown Derby but they belted the bourbon and scotch and it turned into a real sociable downing. . . Tanaquil Le Clercq, who looks like Audrey Hepburn and Moira Shearer on stage, looked like Mary Pickford in ‘Sudsy’ [Suds]. No make-up, no comb.”

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