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World Semi-Premiere: Merle Hazard Heads to the Beach (and Off the Fiscal Cliff)

World Semi-Premiere: Merle Hazard Heads to the Beach (and Off the Fiscal Cliff)

Dear Kay, Everybody’s favorite financial crooner Merle Hazard is popping up on PBS again, this time with “Fiscal Cliff,” in which he imagines what would happen if our congressional leaders played the ultimate game of chicken: Please take a moment to Like and Share, if you’re feeling Likeish. I’ve been humming this all day. It totally erased “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” from my head....

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World Premiere: Merle Hazard Takes on Those Thievin’ Bankers

Dear Kay, Oh, it’s ON. Econo-crooner Merle Hazard is back, and he’s headed for a showdown in “The Ballad of Diamond Jim.” Hope you enjoy The Man in Beige in his most dramatic song yet. The PBS NewsHour has a lot of juicy Merle-related stuff over here, including a video interview with the MIT economist Simon Johnson, who watches Merle’s video and does a damn fine job of explaining exactly what the problem is with...

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The Joke’s On You, Narrowminded Cur!

Dear Ann, How did we miss this? Book ‘em, Brontes! Love, Kay P.S. Status report on El Blanki Magnifico: All but 2 squares joined into wholeness; those 2 blocks need their 2 half-blocks before they can be united with the others. Down to 3 yards of #269, spit-felted from 2 pieces. RUGGED! Waiting for a ball of #269 to drop from the sky (a pony would also be nice). Seriously, I have reason to believe that Yarn. Is on. The Way. This...

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We’re All Dead Chuffed

We’re All Dead Chuffed

Dear Everybody, Listening to WFUV on the way to Jersey last night, we heard Dennis Elsas play the Beatles’ 1963 Christmas greeting. This was a special record sent to their fan club members. (Dennis said the record was green vinyl.) Listen all the way, and hear George thank the fan club secretaries! It must be a fresh thrill for Ann, Bettina and Frieda every time they hear it. They were so young and silly. More of these, for other...

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The Jayum and the Hayum in the Payun, Baby

Dear Ann, Let’s not pussyfoot around it: knitting is just not a priority this week. The week leading up to Christmas, the to-do list is so compelling that I find I need stronger procrastination aids than knitting. My choice: video surfing. This morning I was watching a video of Fanny Cradock making a trifle, over at The Women’s Room, and I thought, geez, Fanny talks funny, but can’t we do better? Yes we can. Here is...

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“Sit Down and Shut Up”

Dear Ann, Just had to share this award-winning short film (15 minutes or so) from 1981, Quilts in Women’s Lives. This is a short trailer: Here’s the whole film, which is worth the 15 minutes if you like to think about why we make stuff by hand. (Ann and I both had those big round glasses back then, so be kind, young’uns!) I found this film via our excellent friends over at The Sister Project, (And by the way, The Sister...

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