Powerful Primates Misbehavin'

• First four quotes from  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's book,   “Off the Sidelines,”  a "part-memoir, part rallying cry for women to get involved in politics." Final "f*ck" quote from Huffpost interview.

• First four quotes from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's book, “Off the Sidelines,” a "part-memoir, part rallying cry for women to get involved in politics." Final "f*ck" quote from Huffpost interview.

• "It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s," she says. "They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general." — Senator Gillibrand

• Below: Watch Jon Stewart on the Gillibrand revelations and reactions from female journalists:

• “We all had our stories of whom you’d not get in an elevator with and whom you’d protect your young female interns from.” —NBC/MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell

• “They know who they are.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

• "After I had my son three years ago, I got some comments that would blow you away from male senators...talking about getting my figure back and things like that.” —CNN correspondent Dana Bash

• “There’s a lot at stake for men and women who come forward to talk about a hostile environment and workplace harassment. Retaliation is very real, and it could come in the form of losing your job altogether or your boss making life your life terrible by controlling which job assignments you get, and whether you get a promotion or the pay you deserve. It could even take the form of additional sexual harassment. That’s why some people don’t want to pay the price for speaking out.” —Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

• “Up to 60 percent of people who experience harassment in the workplace don’t report it … But the majority happen in low-wage workplaces like the restaurant and agricultural industries, where workers have the fewest protections and can least afford to lose their job. —Fatima Goss Graves


Your One Wild and Precious Life

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

• “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.” —William Sloane Coffin (later quoted by Lily Tomlin)

Art attributed to Banksy

Art attributed to Banksy

• “23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages”  —headline from London School of Economics 2013

• “The individual's right to pursue his own vision of the best ratio of pleasure to pain (is) utterly sacrosanct.” —David Foster Wallace

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson



• “Just choose a dead-end and chill out till you die.” —Homer Simpson’s career advice to Lisa on "The Simpsons" by Matt Groening

• Below: Mary Oliver reads her short poem that includes the animated phrase above:

Celebrating Labor - Out Our Window

All photos taken from inside Fizzdom's San Francisco studio 

All photos taken from inside Fizzdom's San Francisco studio 

• “If all the cars in the U.S. were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.” —Doug Larson

• “If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.” —Abraham Lincoln 

Film crew  sets up a chase scene around our block.

Film crew sets up a chase scene around our block.

• “I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.” —Dolores Huerta

• “Of all the American educational system's problems, none is more severe than the academic year beginning before Labor Day.” —P. J. O'Rourke

Emergency responders  deal with a grounded cabin cruiser on SF's Ocean Beach highjacked by drunk man celebrating his 35th birthday. He travelled over 20 miles through the Bay and the Golden Gate before calling it a night. 

Emergency responders deal with a grounded cabin cruiser on SF's Ocean Beach highjacked by drunk man celebrating his 35th birthday. He travelled over 20 miles through the Bay and the Golden Gate before calling it a night. 

• “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” —Ovid  

Source: The Century Foundation tcf.org

Source: The Century Foundation tcf.org

Banksy's Art Will Provoke You

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• Banksy is the pseudonym for the anti-commercial and highly-secretive British artist and activist whose satirical street graffiti and mashups have appeared sporadically in England, New York, Los Angeles (placing a Gitmo-prisoner replica at Disneyland) and the West Bank. 

• Below: Watch and listen to "Sirens of the Lambs" heading for slaughter from Banksy's 2013 stay in New York City.

• Below: Banksy art in the West Bank:

• Below: Banksy's edgy opening couch gag for a 2010 Simpsons episode, depicting beyond-the-pale sweatshops churning out animation cels and merchandise. "According to Banksy, the storyboard ‘led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walkout by the (Korean) animation department.’ Executive director Al Jean jokingly said, ‘This is what you get when you outsource.’ "

• Below: Banksy added the Nazi officer to the $50 scenic print, then secretly returned it to the NYC Housing Works thrift store. After Banksy identified himself online as the embellisher, the store reportedly auctioned the painting for $615,000. 

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• Below: Banksy "unmasked" in Jamaica according to dailymail.co.uk, which reports he was born in 1974 and that "a network of myths has grown up around him. That his real name is Robin Banks. That he used to be a butcher ... that Banksy is actually a collective of artists and doesn't exist at all."

• Below: For really curious fans, watch this 10-minute tour of Banksy's show at his hometown Bristol (England) Museum. We love the bizarre animatronic dioramas featuring a cosmetics-testing bunny, chirping McNuggets chicks and swimming fish sticks. Overlook the so-so production values. Suggest full screen for details.  

• “Known for his contempt for the government in labelling graffiti as vandalism … Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti."

 • Banksy's first film, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

• Banksy was named “Person of the Year” at the 2014 Webby Awards for the online presentation of his month-long “Better Out Than In” performance in New York in October 2013 — creating a surprising new piece of public art each day for a month.  

• Animated Banksy art at top by Fizzdom. Additional sources: wikipedia; artist Patrick Mclynn who turned us on to Banksy years ago.

Betsey Johnson: Why Girls Dress Up


• “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachell Zoe

• "I really would not call me a fashion icon. I would call myself somebody who gets dressed by professionals … I would call myself more of a monkey." — Jennifer Lawrence

• “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel

• “One reason they call them ‘Relaxed Fit’ jeans is that ‘Ass the Size of Texas’ would not sell well.” — Jim Rosenberg

• “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”  — Wednesday Addams

• “I like Cinderella. She has a good work ethic and she likes shoes.” — Amy Adams

• "I feel that flip-flops are the downfall of many relationships. It’s, like first it’s the flip-flops, and then it’s the sweatpants … it’s the gateway drug to no sex." — Lady Gaga

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wash.post-gusto images

• “Betsey Johnson (b. 8.10.42) is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered over the top and embellished. She also is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows.” (wikipedia)

(additional sources: stylecaster.com, brainyquotes.com, interview magazine)

"Best" Summer Movies of All Time

2013 list

“Best Summer Movies of All Time” selected by RottenTomatoes.com 2013:

“In defense of the blockbuster, Rotten Tomatoes offers you Best Summer Movies, a countdown of the highest-rated wide releases since ... 1975 ... using a weighted formula that takes the Tomatometer, the number of reviews, and the year of release into account ... released wide ... between May and August.”

• “Oscar-worthy films appear at the box-office between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day followed by a lull on either side of summer’s blockbusters. Quality TV airs across the calendar year.” — Prof. Victoria Johnson, UC Irvine

Below: Click full-screen view and watch the magnificence of adult filmmaking (pre-CG) with a dazzling array of actors.

• “Television has taken possession of grown-ups and fans of things like narrative and character."

• "Hollywood studios construct their core businesses — cartoons, superhero films, young-adult franchises and sequels — for a less demanding clientele that doesn’t mind leaving the house even if the joy of the moviegoing experience is now marred by all the lapses of comfort and etiquette that keep many adults at home …”

• "Today, it’s the over-30 audience that’s written off as not worth the effort. Reaching them probably means rethinking distribution, even if that means surrendering the idea of movies as a primarily theatrical experience ... (and) treating the production of nonfranchise films as a viable business rather than as a favor or an act of atonement.” — Mark Harris, NY Times (3 quotes above)

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gratuitous gif by fizzdom.com

• “Disney's 'Frozen' recently became the highest grossing animated feature of all time. The sci-fi thriller 'Gravity,' starring Sandra Bullock (above), has raked in over $700 million, and 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has banked about $864 million in box office sales. These movies all starred women, and yet the opportunities for women in film both in front of and behind the camera remains an uphill battle. According to a 2013 report, women made up 52 percent of the moviegoing population, yet only about 15 percent of current movies feature female protagonists.” — ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, film/tv critic

• Below: Enjoy a taste of 'Sharknado,' the "superstorm that sucked toothy killers out of the Pacific and hurled them at Los Angeles and landed in the waters of social media like a bucket of delicious chum ... (its title) a portmanteau of American excess to match the cronut and the turducken." — James Poniewozik, Time 

• “All the sincerity in Hollywood you could stuff in a flea's navel and still have room left to conceal eight caraway seeds and an agent's heart.” ― humorist Fred Allen

Roz Chast is a Dutiful Daughter

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"Mostly people are glad that I've said it was really hard, and really messy. I wanted to write about the entire experience, including the parts that were gross, and funny, and including my mixed feelings about my parents. I didn't want to write with a fake, rosy glow."  — Roz Chast

• "As they inched into their late 90s, (Chast) arranged for round-the-clock care. And she kept a horrified eye on their dwindling savings, all the while thinking: 'There goes my inheritance. It's a terrible, terrible thing and you look at yourself in the mirror and think: I'm a worm. I'm a lowly, shitty, crappy, horrible worm to be thinking about this.' " —  Roz Chast quoted by Emma BrockesTheGuardian.com

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• "Chast had done right by them, but she was still sick with regret after they were gone. 'Should I have taken them into my house? Should I have seen them more? Why didn't I love them more? You know? Am I a disgusting person?' " — Roz Chast quoted by Emma BrockesTheGuardian.com

Selected Reviews:

• “Roz Chast squeezes more existential pain out of baffled people in cheap clothing sitting around ... in crummy apartments than Dostoevsky got out of all of Russia’s dark despair. This is a great book in the annals of human suffering, cleverly disguised as fun.” — satirist Bruce McCall

• “A tour de force of dark humor and illuminating pathos about her parents’ final years as only this quirky genius of pen and ink could construe them.” —  Elle

• “Very, very, very funny, in a way that a straight-out memoir about the death of one’s elderly parents probably would not be.” — New York Times

Chast's photo in animation at top by her husband: “Bill Franzen is a humor writer who began his career in the mail room of The New Yorker. His book, Hearing From Wayne — a collection of short stories, most of them reprinted from Gentlemen’s Quarterly, National Lampoon and The New Yorker — was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “carefully crafted studies in whimsey and moments of truth....” — ridgefieldauthors.wikispaces.com

• Watch 5-minute excerpt of Roz Chast interview by New Yorker Editor David Remnick (full 15-minute version at www.hulu.com/watch/641493 )

• Chast's memoir reminds us of Deborah Hoffmann and Frances Reid's revolutionary film, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, about Deborah's mother's battle with Alzheimer's. Deborah's father Banesh, who died earlier, was an associate of Albert Einstein's. 

• The 1994 PBS/POV doc, an Oscar finalist and winner of a Peabody and many other awards, was the first to address the challenges of a family member with Alzheimer's using a combination of humor with appreciation for the victim's residual-yet-declining humanity

• “The taboo that I broke was that, without being disrespectful to my mother … I admitted that this is a funny situation … in any other situation, everybody would laugh … (Alzheihmer's sufferers) are really doing very crazy, insane things, and it’s okay to see the humor in it … even my mother sees the humor in it … once I allowed myself to ease up and see the humor, my mother felt a lot better. She enjoyed laughing about it.” — Deborah Hoffmann

• "She is the ultimate of living in the moment," Hoffmann says proudly of her mother in the film's closing monologue. "She's sort of the ultimate enlightened person."

• "This is the best film about Alzheimer's disease that I've seen, and I've seen quite a few... film critic Gene Siskel

 • "Unflinchingly honest...a film that will give hope to Alzheimer's caregivers as well as early-stage Alzheimer's patients." — Marcia Freedman, American Society on Aging

• Watch an 8-minute excerpt of Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter below:

Satirical Genius of Pawel Kuczynski

Above  : Watch   11 illustrations   cycle through ©Pawel Kuczynski

Above: Watch 11 illustrations cycle through ©Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski was born on August 12, 1976 in Szczecin, Poland.

• Focusing on satirical illustration since 2004, Kuczynski's work sharply articulates social, political and economic injustice.

• He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (Poland) with a specialization in graphics (drawing) and has received over 100 prizes and distinctions for his satirical art.

Pawel Kuczynski  animated by  fizzdom

Pawel Kuczynski animated by fizzdom

Animation of  Kuczynski  illustration:  Made by abvh  - http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/

Animation of Kuczynski illustration: Made by abvh - http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/

 • "Pawel Kuczynski captures the real in a satirical mode. His work forces us, in a most curious way, to stop and consider consequences of our actions and the credence we give to political decisions." — voiceseducation.org

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Drinking with Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Miller Hemingway (7.21.99 - 7.2.61) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 for "The Old Man and the Sea" — about an epic struggle between an aging fisherman and a giant marlin.

• In 1954 Hemingway won Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in 'The Old Man and the Sea,' and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style."

More Hemingway:

• “All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.”

• “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

• “We have come ... into the more difficult time when it is man’s duty to understand his world rather that to simply fight for it.”

• “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.”

• “Courage is grace under pressure.”

• “Never mistake motion for action.”

• “I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you goodnight.”

• He was married four times and had three children.

• Hemingway suffered from the pain and disabilities of two plane crashes, numerous accidents, electroshock treatments and a life of heavy living.

• Before his suicide in 1961, "Hemingway's behavior was similar to his father's before (his father) committed suicide; his father may have had the genetic disease hemochromatosis, in which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration. His sister Ursula and his brother Leicester also committed suicide.” (wikipedia)

• He is mistakenly credited with saying, “Write drunk, edit sober,” but reportedly wrote sober in the morning hours, and drank enthusiastically later in the day.

• "When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?"

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• About his writing style, he said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

Henry Louis Gates believes Hemingway's style was fundamentally shaped 'in reaction to [his] experience of world war.' After World War I, he and other modernists 'lost faith in the central institutions of Western civilization' by reacting against the elaborate style of 19th century writers and by creating a style 'in which meaning is established through dialogue, through action, and silences—a fiction in which nothing crucial—or at least very little—is stated

“Hemingway called his style the iceberg theory: the facts float above water; the supporting structure and symbolism operate out of sight. The concept of the iceberg theory is sometimes referred to as the ‘theory of omission.’” (wikipedia)

Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho

Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho

Freedom: What's It Mean To You?

• Which of the quotes above appeal to you?

• Which of the quotes above appeal to you?

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• Original edits

• "The contradiction between the claim that 'all men are created equal' and the existence of American slavery attracted comment when the Declaration was first published. Although Jefferson had included a paragraph in his initial draft that strongly indicted Britain's role in the slave trade, this was deleted from the final version. Jefferson himself was a prominent Virginia slave holder having owned hundreds of slaves."

• "From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress."

• "Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin and all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed."

• "In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as President of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day." (quotes above: wikipedia)

• Above: A must-see for fireworks fans: New Year’s Eve 2013. Watch the city of Dubai break the Guiness world record for largest fireworks display, with 479,651 shells fired in just six minutes at a rate of almost 80,000 shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second.