Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tusk Editor's Note: 7/5

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tusk Editor's Note: 7/5

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So we've cured racism. Did y'all hear about this? The Supreme Court said so, in affirming America's One Step Up, Two Steps Back waltz. We no longer need the Voting Rights Act, but, surprise, it turns out it's unconstitutional to deny adults the rights to a legal formality such as marriage. But not to vote. And in a landmark butter battle, Paula Deen acquitted George Zimmerman.

Wait, did I get that right?

Maybe I'll just turn up the tunes and let great art flow over me. "Life is what happens when you're making other plans," John Lennon once said, and he should know.

Life also happens around you while you're doing other things, so recently I looked up from five months in which, in addition to the joyful and otherwise time-consuming duties of this job, I've put together a couple of temporary, one-night-only bands (The 10-piece Infinite Monkey Typing Pool for a benefit garden concert, and a Tuscaloosa-originated music trio, unnamed to protect the players, for Heather Roberts' Dinner With Strangers culminating party), directed two shows (a staged reading of Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters" and The Rude Mechanicals' recently completed comedy "Much Ado About Nothing") acted in three (including the above two, with a production of "The Winter's Tale"), written several new songs and worked on others, and played the Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" outside in the park another eight times, only breaking a string once.

And I look up and voila, it's midsummer. When last I had free time, it was actually still pleasant weather. Pleasant to me, that is, being the temperatures at which I don't yet change my car's thermometer readings over to Celsius, because 36 C sounds so much nicer than 97 F.

Speaking of Cool Inside, I'm behind on movie-going, what with the eaten time and physical exhaustion and whatnot. So "Man of Steel" is a big hit, despite the fact that nobody seems to really, you know, like it. And "Iron Man 3," that was a thing, yes? "Fast and Furious 6" is one of those lesser-Wayans spoofs, right? Wasn't there a new "Star Trek" movie, with Englebert Cumberbund as Darth Vader? I also heard there's a flick out called "World War Z," although the novel I read was episodic in nature, with multiple narrative points of view taking place over years, and didn't feature muscular blonde dudes at all. …

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