The diminutive but intensely powerful Lillian Leitzel was known for her fiery temper, her flirtatious banter
, and her ability to spin her entire body in the air while supporting herself by only one hand upwards of 200 times in a row, much like a human pinwheel
. She was one of the Ringling Bros. brightest (and most petulant) stars
, famously firing and re-hiring her maid several times a day. She married 3 times - (the second marriage ended after she cut off her husband's finger) but her last marriage was to the purported love her life, trapeze artist Alfredo Codona, a master of the triple back summersault off the flying trapeze who also enjoyed success as a Hollywood stunt double
. Their passionate (if mercurial) relationship was cut short when, during a performance, Lillian's ring broke
, and she fell 45 feet onto a concrete floor. Two days later she was dead. Alfredo, devastated, became reckless and was injured in a fall of his own, cutting short his career. His subsequent marriage to another performer failed, and while meeting with a lawyer to finalize their divorce, he shot her and then himself. Alfredo and Lillian are reunited in death, buried under a marker of their lives and love
posted by serazin
on May 9, 2007 -
Who wrote the song Hey Joe
? Jimi Hendrix recorded the most famous version, but Hey Joe
has been recorded by a bunch of artists including Love, The Leaves, The Byrds, The Music Machine
, and Eddie Murphy(??!)
. The author of the song themed with infidelity, murder, and ultimately running from the law, is under dispute, which is well documented on Wikipedia
. An mp3 blog called Used Bin Forever
features a post about this subject including a mp3 of a mindblowing version by the 60's Japanese band, The Golden Cups.
posted by byronimation
on Apr 13, 2007 -
Voices of the Fallen: the war in the words of the dead-- In letters and journals and e-mails, the war dead live on, their words—urgent, honest, unself-conscious—testament to the realities of combat. What do they have to say to us? ... The result is a window on Iraq we have not had before: the bravery, the fear and the chaos of war, and the loves and hates and dreams and nightmares of the warriors. Things are incredibly busy, then they are not. The Iraqis are welcoming, then they are not. The war is going well, then it is not. The mission makes sense, then it does not. ...
(video, audio, email, and text)
posted by amberglow
on Mar 30, 2007 -
To Write Love On Her Arms
is a story and the response to a story. I first saw the shirt on Switchfoot's Jon Foreman
and thought "Hey that's a cool shirt." Months later I saw an ad and went to look them up. That's when I found the story
. As their MySpace page
points out, they are not a 24-hour helpline, nor are they trained professionals, but they do "hope to serve as a bridge to help
." Its a small organization right now, using a unique method
of achieving recognition and exposure, but it is an important "movement of love, a commitment to begin answering these needs and offering hope to the many who struggle with depression, addiction, suicide, self injury." (from the FAQ
posted by allkindsoftime
on Mar 23, 2007 -
While there have been many posts on Mefi of blogs written by those affected by the Iraq War, I have not seen this one posted. No matter your stance on the war, your opinion of American soldiers, or the amount of other Iraq war blogs you've read, all I ask is that you at least read these few entries
. I've used too many words already, when the journal does more than enough to speak for itself. A Soldier's Thoughts. (via) [more inside]
posted by wander
on Feb 7, 2007 -
Cold Ground for a Summer Love.
A 19 year old visits the grave of her dead 19 year old boyfriend every day. Every day at Arlington Cemetery, she cries. The weekends are crowded there at Arlington, with so many families wishing 3000
dead soldiers goodbye.
posted by four panels
on Jan 1, 2007 -
On December 5th, a Croatian man named Nico awoke to find a map his girlfriend had left him featuring a specific path she wanted him to take to work; along the way he saw stencils, paint, aerosol, collage wheat pastes & other art she had laid out in the pre-dawn hours letting him know how much she loved him. The sights Nico saw, in order, are collected here
posted by jonson
on Dec 10, 2006 -
, who used to believe in the benefits
of robot pets, has changed her tune and now "finds human-machine love unsettling
)". Tyrell:"We began to recognize in them a strange obsession. After all, they are emotionally inexperienced, with only a few years in which to store up the experiences which you and I take for granted. If we gift them with a past, we create a cushion or a pillow for their emotions, and consequently, we can control them better." Was he referring to us or them
posted by sluglicker
on Dec 7, 2006 -
Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.
It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.
Quite possibly one of the most inspirational stories that I've ever encountered -- Team Hoyt
posted by purephase
on Oct 19, 2006 -
"My name is David C and I am the biggest idiot on this planet! Every girl I've ever met has done nothing except want me for what I had to offer them, the amount of cash I could throw their way and not for the person I was. One day that all changed when I meet a lady called Quonah..." Should she call him?
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 3, 2006 -
Drama is impossible today. I don't know of any. Drama used to be the belief in guilt, and in a higher order. This absolutely cruel didactic is impossible, unacceptable for us moderns. But melodrama has kept it. You are caged. In melodrama you have human, earthly prisons rather than godly creations. Every Greek tragedy ends with the chorus — "those are strange happenings. Those are the ways of the gods". And so it always is in melodrama.
His career as a film director lasted more than 40 years, but Douglas Sirk (1900-1987)
is remembered for the melodramas he made for Universal in Hollywood between 1954 and 1959, his "divine wallow
": Magnificent Obsession (1954)
, All That Heaven Allows (1955)
, Written on the Wind (1956)
, The Tarnished Angels (1958, William Faulkner considered it the best screen adaptation of one of his novels)
, Imitation of Life (1959)
-- all considered for decades little more than a camp oddity
. Now audiences are beginning to look deeper at the films of Douglas Sirk, at how, in megafan Todd Haynes' words, they are "almost spookily accurate about the emotional truths
". Now, lucky Chicagoans can enjoy "Douglas Sirk at Universal", matinees at the Music Box
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Apr 29, 2006 -
is looking for love, specifically someone who shares his love of chowder and his desire to wait out the apocalypse in a bunker. He sings,
and he's one of the world's top five camouflagists.
posted by cilantro
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Celebrate March 20th
Women have a special day set aside: Valentine's Day. Now a new holiday being promulgated for Men to show love and devotion from their significant others.
posted by Postroad
on Mar 5, 2006 -
Escape to Romance
Here's a blogmeister that runs a romantic Powerball and offers the following:
"Romantic_atlanta_2 Are you a member of the Mile High Club? Would you like a free membership? Here is your chance to make your fantasy a reality with the amorous, single webmaster of Grow-a-Brain and the southern hospitality of the folks at Mile High Atlanta."
Do you qualify?
posted by Postroad
on Feb 20, 2006 -
That thing called love.
"National Geographic Photographer Jodi Cobb scoured the globe to document how people define love and how it fits into their lives." Some great photos and interesting commentary.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Feb 17, 2006 -
"Alternately, you might spend time with people who should have got divorced, but didn't, opting instead for a lifetime of bickering and dissatisfaction. Call up Mom and Dad and invite yourself over for dinner. Understand once and for all why marriage has always seemed a fate worse than death to you."
posted by rehpotsirhc
on Feb 14, 2006 -
A wise Mefite once said "I cannot fathom the stress of multiple spouses
," and I'm sure it only gets more
stressful if your loved ones don't know about each other. As Valentines Day approaches, let us take a moment to ponder the difficulties
that two-timing scumbags of either gender will have trying to please everyone at once, on this holiday that was created by a greeting card company, yet ultimately benefits private detectives more than any other holiday of the year.
posted by jonson
on Feb 11, 2006 -
For all the hoo-ha about Callas first bringing real acting to the operatic stage, one has only to view the footage of Risë Stevens legendary 1952 “Carmen” to see what kind of Method she brought to the Met. Stevens was the definitive gypsy wanton, and her performance has it all— fire, ice, and that impossible balance between elegance and sluttiness. Her technique is superb—licking her fingers before extinguishing the candles in what will be her death chamber, then flicking off the wax; flinging her unwanted lover’s ring at him, spitting out a contemptuous
The Metropolitan Opera Guild honors
the Bronx-born singer
, now 92. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Feb 9, 2006 -
US Army Teaches Troops How to Pick a Spouse
"Army chaplains are trying to teach troops how to pick the right spouse, through a program called "How To Avoid Marrying a Jerk. ... It teaches the lovestruck to pace themselves with a R.A.M. chart — the Relationship Attachment Model — which basically says don't let your sexual involvement exceed your level of commitment or level of knowledge about the other person."
I can't decide if this is common sense or takes all the fun out of love. If, indeed, there is any fun in it. Details on the programme can also be found at www.nojerks.com
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Feb 7, 2006 -
The just ordering of society and the State is a central responsibility of politics. As Augustine once said, a State which is not governed according to justice would be just a bunch of thieves: “Remota itaque iustitia quid sunt regna nisi magna latrocinia?”.
Eros and Agape, Justice, Charity, Marxism, and the separation of Church and State in Pope Benedictus XVI's first encyclical letter
, Deus Caritas Est
posted by matteo
on Jan 25, 2006 -