I appreciate your postings. They are always well thought out and are generally informative. Anyone who has gone to Atheist Nation's chat can see how communication can breakdown without postings such as you provide.
I am putting together a documentary on "Everyday Atheists" and want to make sure that the Black Freethought voice is heard. I need help is finding someone who is black, lives relatively near Burlington, North Carolina (central part of the state), and is willing to be on camera. I have a document describing the project that could be posted, just let me know. I have sent a "friend" request to you, so you could send response via that route or we could make other arrangements.
I've read some of your material and your writings and essays are exceptional. Your copious works will now become a part of my required reading. Once I saw the Eric Dolphy sound clip, I knew you were hip! Eric's rendition of "You don't know what love is" is still, in my mind, one of the most profound interpretations of that standard ever played (and that's not because I'm a flautist).
I am an aspiring writer, my blog can be found by googling: "The African American Agnostic." If you don't mind I will quote you from time to time.
Well, I would imagine the racism isn't as virulent as it once was, but it still remains. As long as people are still racist in general it will be there. I went to a school that was heavily polish with a church that held mass in both english and polish. So I'm personally familiar with that experience. It was there amongst the students, but I can't say as much about the leadership.
The issue for them was that I was not catholic so they charged my parents more so I could attend and many of the teachers and students seem to quietly enjoy getting to exclude me from things like first communion and confession, etc. That's what first turned me off.
I research twentieth century US political history. I'm writing a dissertation on the New York Republican party, Nelson Rockefeller, and the liberal tradition in the Republican Party that was actively stamped out for the most part. I came to political history a little late, when I first came to graduate school I was most interested in urban history. I'm also very interested in African American history (which is my minor).
I noticed that you are a history buff what eras and topics interest you the most?
Kovacs broke the ground for everyone working in the business today--and he had to build the tools from scratch to do what today's people can do with the touch of a button. He took people's breath away. And to think...at the time of his death, he was making a pilot for a series starring Buster Keaton. Two of the most original comedic geniuses of all time together. The mind boggles!
Thanks for asking about the availability of an Ernie Kovacs DVD--it made me look it up on Amazon, and now I've got to put it on my wish list.
Kovacs had a show with an audience in the early days of his career. (I was in the audience once, too, when I was about 4; I don't remember much about it.) His later, more brilliant stuff, was just him and his crew and the camera.
Posterity owes a huge debt to his widow, Edie Adams, who went deep into debt herself to preserve his work. So much of early TV was just bulked for the silver content of the film or, worse, simply to make room in the networks' warehouses. Edie kept Ernie's stuff alive because she believed in him.
Kovacs' stuff may look primitive and slow to the modern eye. Just remember, he was doing this 50-60 years ago, before computers and special effects. Everything had to be done physically. His genius was in seeing what could be done in ways no one else ever thought of before.
Kovacs appeared in about a dozen movies, too (probably the best was Bell, Book and Candle), but he wasn't spectacular. Movies weren't his medium because he didn't have control. TV was where he shone. (BTW, he also contributed some material in the early comic book days of Mad Magazine.)
Thanks Ralph. I would surely subscribe to Africa related groups though I have been hoping to seek out Zambian atheists and agnostics. I know there quite a good number around but we are so isolated that each one thinks s/he is the only one. Having your like in close proximity makes it easier to get easier exchange on local issues. Most of the times topics are so western oriented you find it irrelevant to participate. Good day
Hi. I don´t have the best english so forgive my faults. Here in Brazil we have a lot going on. Our people suffer under the chains of neopentecostalism(?) and prejudice. Prejudice not because of the color of skin but the color of the ideas. See that: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/4968239/Brazils-president-attacks-Vatican-for-condemning-nine-year-old-rape-victims-abortion.html. Sad. 2009 and counting... bye see you soon!