It is 20 years since I reported for Vanity Fair the sad, sordid tale of Mia and Woody and Dylan and Soon-Yi and Mia’s other children, caught up in a major tabloid scandal. Today, at 68, Mia Farrow is far removed from that media circus. The mother of 14 children—ranging in age from 43 to 19—10 of whom were adopted and 2 of whom have died, she also has 10 grandchildren. Her focus is no longer acting (she has made more than 40 films) but activism, in Africa, as a UNICEF ambassador and on more than 20 missions of her own, particularly to the Darfur region of Sudan and to neighboring Chad. Coupling the mass killings in Darfur with China’s tacit support of the Sudanese government as well as its veto power in the U.N. Security Council in exchange for a claim on Sudan’s oil, she named the 2008 Beijing Olympics “the genocide Olympics” and triggered an international reaction. Her partner in this crusade has been her son Ronan Farrow, born in 1987, when she was with Allen. Ronan was 10 the first time he went with her to Africa, and after he graduated from college, at 15, he received the title of UNICEF youth spokesperson. Currently a Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Yale Law School at 21 and worked in the State Department from 2009 to 2012, first on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan for two years and then as head of the Office of Global Youth Issues.
posted by josher71
on Jan 15, 2014 -
Free Bird. That's right, the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune. It's an icon, it's a joke. It's a legend, it's a must to avoid. It's a masterpiece, it's a disaster. It's all and none of the above. But, yeah, whatever. Here's the guitar solo, isolated
. That is all. No, wait. That is not all. What the hell, here's Ian Anderson's isolated vocals for Aqualung, Cross-Eyed Mary and Up To Me
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 12, 2013 -
Will Allen's Growing Power
operates urban farms. His first Milwaukee farm is three urban acres where he grows enough food to feed 10,000 people. An interview
by the Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper in support of his new book. Previously
posted by shothotbot
on May 6, 2013 -
Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts
was a literary magazine founded in 1962 by Ed Sanders, a poet later co-founded The Fugs
. Its credo was "I'll print anything", and Sanders produced thirteen issues on a mimeograph machine from 1962 to 1965. Issues included works by Tuli Kupferberg, Charles Olson, Peter Orlovsky, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Julian Beck, Herbert Huncke, Norman Mailer, Gary Snyder, Diane DiPrima, William S. Burroughs, Leroi Jones, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol. - wikipedia.
With a helpful index
. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Apr 12, 2012 -
The Great Rock n Roll Swindler has died. Allen Klein
, who once managed both the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, died in New York on Saturday, aged 77, after battling Alzheimer's disease. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd
on Jul 7, 2009 -
Design geek and brilliant self-promoter Pete Dungey just completed a project where he did a 'survey' to find the best-known people named Alan or Allen, and printed the top names on Allen Wrenches
(or Alan Keys as they're called in the UK, I guess). Brilliant! And if you're a non-UKian wh's wondering who the funny-named #1 is: Ground Force
! [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Jun 24, 2009 -
He loves tradition:
"[He] said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where 'blacks knew their place'."He gives free food to the poor:
"After they had killed a deer, [he asked] where the local black residents lived. [He] then drove... to that neighborhood with the severed head of the deer. 'He proceeded to take the doe's head and stuff it into a mailbox'".And even before "macaca", he enjoyed giving out clever nicknames:
"[He] gave him the nickname 'Wizard,' because he shared a last name with.... the imperial wizard of the United Klans of America".
(But don't call him a Jew!
That would be an "aspersion."
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 24, 2006 -