Mike's Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv - Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem, & Koren Shadmi

I try to reserve October postings for horror themed works to go with the spirit of Halloween (not really sure why), and considering that this work is about a terrorist attack that takes place at a kind of hippie bar in Tel Aviv, it seems to fit. It is an interesting work describing the events that led up to, included, and the aftermath of just one of the seemingly endless bombings that take place in Israel, giving details on the lives, loves, and personalities of various people involved. Apparently, it is made by the same people and relates to the documentary: Blues by the Beach. I have not seen it and don't want to give false comparison, but I will say that while this work is very good it either needs to have several characters and events cut to streamline it, or it need to increase its length by about a third to do justice to the various characters. As is, it feels rushed and truncated, so that I felt I was missing some piece of information, or an important interaction that was cut from the final draft. This may not be true, but is the impression that I get. Still, a poignant and powerful read. mike's place

The Colbert Report

Steven Colbert makes a hilarious mockery of right-wing talk shows and their egotistical hosts in his over the top satire that actually is more informative than most news segments.

The above was my original short post. It's been years since the show began and my post was written. And now, after almost a decade, the show comes to a close as Colbert goes on to take over for David Letterman. I remember even longer ago with original host of the Daily Show left for prime time television. Do you remember who that is? Nope, but the Daily Show is still running strong. I'm not suggesting that Colbert will fail in his new role, I'm simply pointing out that I'm not interested in it. Colbert did a great thing: he made fun of the lunacy of the far right of politics, he gave money to charity, he brought awareness (that he did it in a self-serving fashion, so be it). Now that will be gone. And what will replace it? Another pointless, bland, apolitical comedy talk show. Why bother?