Supreme Dissent

Yes, it’s clear that this decision makes one religious belief more important than another. This is not religious freedom, this is religious imposition. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby dissent was already spot on, but when sung, it’s amazing. And for a written version, check out Mother Jones’ article.

Sylvia Archive: Purchase Records

Sylvia’s 1998 quiz memorializes Ken Starr. Share your quiz answer in a comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Realistic, Miniature Clay Sculptures Of Food That Look Good Enough To Eat

My friend Nicole F. knows I like miniature stuff…you know food, dolls, furniture, scenes, rooms you name it, you tell me about it, I’ll look at it and report back to you.

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Sylvia Archive: You Groaned?

The Fairy Godmother to mothers has her work cut out for her. Click the strip for a larger comic.
Monday, July 7, 2014

My Uterus Is Not On Your Payroll

Sometmes, with no explanation I get an email headed: “Daily Kos Recommended.” It’s always worth reading. I have read the first two bulleted articles, they were excellent. Will I read the others, or will I be distracted by the many things which distract me and us? Here are two to read for sure!

Here are few of the creative protest posters:

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Sylvia Archive: Identification

The rare Woman thinks of fellow successful people. Click the strip for a larger comic.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cats On YouTube

A friend sent me this you tube about some cats who live with some engineers. I have to revise my ideas about cats and their aesthetic. From watching the Henri videos I thought cats cared about decor, that they were fussy about what they ripped to shreds, perhaps even fussy about their owners attire.  Watch this video and tell me if your faith in felines has not been shaken. 

The Final Brain Frame

I met Lyra and Lilly through Lyra’s brilliant idea Brain Frame: a combination comics and performance. I was a performer.

I witnessed Lilly’s first foray into performance Saturday at Hubbard Street Lofts. The theme was the Apocalypse. She and her friend Tyler were dressed in white hazmat suits. Something had gone dreadfully wrong on their expedition. The outlook was dire. Lilly was discussing her feeling about Tyler: hated him! Food supplies were low: Should she eat him? They both expired before anyone did something they might be sorry for.

If you live in Chicago and would like to see the last ever performance of Brain Frame, it is Saturday, August 9.

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Sylvia Archive: Clean Up In Aisle Four

The Cats with Signs are at it again. Click the strip for the big picture.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There’s something about New Jersey!

What is it about New Jersey? It’s a small state, right? Yet it seems to have more than its share of fascinating characters.

When I was newly married I lived in Princeton, New Jersey. My husband was in the PhD program at Princeton and I needed a job. I walked over to the Westminster Choir College and applied for a secretarial position. I became secretary to the Musical Director. There were virtually no duties. I had minimal secretarial skills, but I presented well. I had an arts degree. The director never appeared in the office. I think my only assignment was to match student names to a group photo, which I botched. He had an enormous collection of paperback mysteries, though not enormous enough, because after a month I was left with absolutely nothing to do. I did get to attend choir practice. The choir was world-renowned, and it was wonderful to hear them and to get out of that lonely office.

The other notable fact about the college was that they bragged that they had no Jews on the faculty. Yes, it’s odd that I was told that. How does a statement like that even come up in conversation? I was married to a Hungarian Jew who knew a secret. One of the VIPs at the college, higher than the musical director, was in fact a Jew. But of course it’s difficult to discern Jewishness in someone who has a heavy Hungarian accent and who, being a Jew from a country with a long history of Anti-Semitism, knows enough not to announce his affiliation. My husband told me that when he left Hungary he vowed that he would no longer be Jewish. He ended up in England, looked around and decided no one cared and so remained Jewish.

But I have wandered off the subject. I was going to write about “Jersey Boys,” the musical and the movie. I saw the musical years ago. I, who hate musicals, loved “Jersey Boys.” I loved the way it was written and staged, and of course the music was wonderful.

On Friday night I saw Clint Eastwood’s version of “Jersey Boys.” Every criticism of the film is true. Dead in the water, as far as writing, directing and acting, but I was in Heaven. John Lloyd Young, who plays Frankie Valli, is an enormously talented singer and whenever he and the Four Seasons are singing I defy you to sit quietly in your seat. He is not an actor. I am not a movie critic. Please read Richard Brody’s review of the film.


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There is one quote from Clint Eastwood (via a French journalist) which explains Clint Eastwood’s politics better than anything else. “I was outta synch with the sixties.” No kidding! That explains his infamous interview at the RNC with the empty chair.*

On Saturday I listened to Ira Glass, who replayed a piece by Gay Talese called “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold.”  Frank Sinatra came from the same background as Frankie Valli, he never traveled alone, he always brought his neighborhood and the attitudes of his neighborhood with him. And then there’s Chris Christie!

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There’s no avoiding Chris Christie’s dynamic persona and the unending scandal and entertainment value of Tollgate. It makes listening to progressive news so much more lively and engrossing. It’s such a relief from the death and destruction played out in international politics. Thank you, New Jersey. For everything.

* Clint’s not from New Jersey, but he did direct “Jersey Boys,” so I figured I shouldn’t put in another link in a post which is already link heavy. But here it is anyhow.