Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are aliens. It makes perfect sense. If you were an alien trapped on Earth, wouldn’t you use your alien powers to create a billion dollar company and then use that money to build a rocketship to take you back to your home planet while pretending it’s for “research” or whatever? IT ALL ADDS UP. 💰🚀👽
Janeane Garofalo performed on our HOT SOUP show recently.
That’s got me thinking back to the first time I encountered her via “Reality Bites” and how that film “captured Gen X” which was BS (we felt about it the way millennials feel about Girls) but still it was A Movie That Must Be Seen. Found some article where Janeane said, “I was almost 30 – and playing a 21-year-old. Gwyneth Paltrow and Parker Posey auditioned for the role as well. I think the studio would have preferred to go with one of them, but luckily Ben was a big advocate and so was Winona.” Casting sure is strange.
In the piece, Ethan Hawke also said, “[Winona Ryder’s] character, Lelaina, is an aspiring filmmaker. When we were shooting footage for her home movies, we were encouraged to improvise. In one scene, I recited a Gregory Corso poem, Marriage, while playing the guitar. When I saw the final cut, I said to Ben: ‘Hey man, that’s a famous poem! We’ve got to buy the rights to that.’ A year later, I was in New York and this old guy grabbed me by the face and kissed me. ‘I’m Gregory Corso!’ he said. ‘You are an angel. I was destitute. And out of nowhere I got a cheque for $17,000!’”
Some story. And it reminded me of how my mom used to date Gregory Corso in her bohemian days. I didn’t know about it until one of her other exes sent me an email (he read something I wrote about my mom after she passed) a few years back that was weird and waaaay TMI but I guess some dudes never grow out of it. He wrote this, “To my distress Frances told me she was hanging out with Gregory Corso (he of the velvet scarf and the pretentious poems). I resented Corso’s success and felt he had stolen my girlfriend.” It was all news to me.
Pretty glad my mom didn’t end up with one of the freaky artist dudes she dated. Crazy people should have to marry sane people. It’s only fair. Dilute the kooky with some normal. Thanks to her marrying my dad (an extremely rational prosecutor), I’m only half crazy. Imagine how screwed up I’d be if she married that other poet she dated who wrote plays that were never meant to be staged and then moved to Kathmandu to pursue his love of tribal drumming. I’d be like a human Off-Broadway drum circle poetry slam.
Anyway, come see Janeane and I tell jokes tonight. Free tix with code SOUP at the door or via the club’s site.
And here’s the opening stanza of “Marriage” by Gregory Corso:
Should I get married? Should I be good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?
Don’t take her to movies but to cemeteries
tell all about werewolf bathtubs and forked clarinets
then desire her and kiss her and all the preliminaries
and she going just so far and I understanding why
not getting angry saying You must feel! It’s beautiful to feel!
Instead take her in my arms lean against an old crooked tombstone
and woo her the entire night the constellations in the sky-
Poison in the tea
When Trump claims that every immigrant is a criminal out to get us, it reminds me of when my dad was dying of cancer. He was filled with morphine and kept complaining to us that his health care workers were poisoning his tea. He was convinced they were trying to kill him. We’d simply nod our heads and tell him we’d be on the lookout and look at each other with the knowledge that he’d lost it. Sad but hey, what can you do?
I feel like this is the proper way to respond to Trump. Instead, we take him seriously and choose to pay attention to all his ridiculous tweets and statements. Imagine if we’d done this with my dad. “OMG, there is a tea poisoner on the loose. Shut down the hospital and build a wall around it. Send in the troops. I bet ISIS works here too!”
We’re letting a sick man determine our lives every day and it’s making all of us sick too. The fact that we even have to talk about this nonsense every day is absurd. It’s a colossal waste of time and energy. His tweets aren’t legitimate thoughts. They are the ravings of a damaged narcissistic madman.
We need to stop feeding the beast. The answer is to ignore him, not feed into his insanity. I mean jeez, am I the only one around here who has ever dated a crazy person?