“Corporations are getting better and better at seducing us into thinking the way they think - of profits as the telos and responsibility as something to be enshrined in symbol and evaded in reality. Cleverness as opposed to wisdom. Wanting and having instead of thinking and making. We cannot stop it. I suspect what’ll happen is that there will be some sort of disaster - depression, hyperinflation - and then it’ll be showtime: We’ll either wake up and retake our freedom or we’ll fall apart utterly. Like Rome - conqueror of its own people.”—David Foster Wallace, The Pale King (via nevver)
The memory of the “Italian jazz” explored by Umiliani in I soliti ignoti was alive and kicking in both 3s3 films:
I recall that Mario Monicelli, director of I soliti ignoti [Big Deal on Madonna Street, 1958], had expressly called for a very modern kind of music. He wanted it to be fun and swinging, and at the same time tragic, bluesy. Because as funny as they were, the film’s protagonists were still thieves in the end. In I soliti ignoti, I also tried out new musical solutions, pairing together double bass and drums to score a scene where an individual was walking at night. Only those two instruments. In Italy, it had never been done before, and it was a big hit. In that film, I even used electric guitar in a different way. For example, the scene where the crooks fall from the roof is scored with just a simple noise lick. It wasn’t an obvious choice. On the one hand, it needed to make a thud, while on the other it had to convey the fact that they were still alive. It was tragic and comical at the same time. Obviously, I couldn’t use strings or other instruments. I recall that Monicelli jumped up in his seat, he was thrilled. I had also been given a lot of liberty on Luigi Zampa’s Il Vigile [The Traffic Policeman, 1960]. I was happy with Chet Baker, too, whom I got to know working on L’Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti [Fiasco in Milan, 1959], Urlatori alla sbarra [Howlers of the Dock, 1959], andSmog (1962). I remember that while working on l’Audace colpo, I had been finishing up a couple of small musical themes at Cinecittà when suddenlyChet Baker appeared. He wasn’t well—he was a drug addict. He picked up a trumpet, played three pieces, and then disappeared from the studio. He always called me “maestro.” “But you’re the maestro,” I’d tell him. He was a genius, as great as Armstrong.
Umiliani was an artist of great importance.7 With I soliti ignoti, he had managed to adapt American crime jazz to the Italian comedy, rendering it all the more ironic and “Italianized” without being “too jazzy.” The result was a sufficiently exotic sound that, although “it didn’t seem Italian,” truly recalled the melodic tradition of Italy: simplified harmonic sequences and orchestral arrangements.
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In the US, we rely on the National Hurricane Center to forecast storms. The NHC is in turn a division of the National Weather Service, itself a part of the NOAA. Which, in the GOP’s 2011 budget bill, had its funding slashed by $1.2 billion from what was proposed in the president’s own budget bill, a bill that very notably included a $700 million increase over the previous year to cover needed upgrades to the satellites that gather the data that gets crunched in order to predict storms and weather in general.
“If there is any group of people that should be opposed to war, torture, militarism, the warfare state, state worship, suppression of civil liberties, an imperial presidency, blind nationalism, government propaganda, and an aggressive foreign policy it is Christians, and especially conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians who claim to strictly follow the dictates of Scripture and worship the Prince of Peace. It is indeed strange that Christian people should be so accepting of war. War is the greatest suppressor of civil liberties. War is the greatest destroyer of religion, morality, and decency. War is the greatest creator of fertile ground for genocides and atrocities. War is the greatest destroyer of families and young lives. War is the greatest creator of famine, disease, and homelessness. War is the health of the state. But modern-day Christianity is in a sad state. There is an unholy desire on the part of a great many Christians to legitimize killing in war. There persists the idea among too many Christians that mass killing in war is acceptable, but the killing of one’s neighbor violates the sixth commandment’s prohibition against killing.”—Laurence M. Vance (via azspot)
“When I learned of an essay of Heidegger’s called “The Age of the World View,” the mere words suggested to me, from my knowledge of “Being and Time,” a range of issues - that ours is an age in which our philosophical grasp of the world fails to reach beyond our taking and holding views of it, and we call these views metaphysics. I have half-deliberately avoided that essay; I have enough problems.”—From Stanley Cavell’s preface to The World Viewed (via emissions)
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