“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot

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Described by the magically-infallible (if only occasionally-reliable) Wikipedia as “a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology,” this work is perhaps most (albeit tangentially) famous for its role as “the basis for the musical ‘Cats.’” And that’s a shame, because it deserves to be recognized as worthwhile no matter/(in spite of?) [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Doug Wood” Edition


The following comments are offered without irony (if not entirely without guilt): That’s musician Doug Wood performing his own work, “Eye of the Needle.” I stumbled across his music (and unusual technique) on our local NPR station some months ago and was immediately intrigued. He’s got a few albums out there – including one called “Cellocentric,” which must [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Alfie and the Prometheus Dream”


From the “Susanka’s Dark, Sci-Fi Tendencies” file, through which I inevitably flip from time to time, a stop-motion steam-punk piece on the inescapably human tendency to reach for the seemingly unattainable. Promethean? Or Icarian? Or are they not one and the same? (Also, for poetical illiterati like myself, William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” is the poem [Read More...]

“Beauty That Exists in the Most Minute Things”


Macro photography is sort of like slow-mo in movies. Technically demanding and sometimes overused — Yes, I’ve abused the Micro setting on my Canon pretty badly in the past, if you must know — but capable of showing you things otherwise impossible to see and wonderful when used appropriately. Take these images from photographer Alejandro Ferrer [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Witness for the Prosecution”


Apparently, preserving this film’s twisty ending was a bit of a concern for its investors: The producers were so concerned about the financial success of the film that during the credits, an announcer urges the audience not to reveal the film’s ending to anyone. … At previews, audience members received, and were asked to sign, [Read More...]

Chuck Jones Drawing Bugs Bunny


I can’t remember the kind soul who first retweeted this video of Chuck Jones drawing Bugs Bunny — The Anchoress, perhaps? — and that’s a shame, because someone deserves a medal for the amount of pleasure it has given me over the past few weeks. Seriously, I love these sorts of things — showing me [Read More...]

Whistling My Way Across Wyoming’s Steppes


I’m a whistler. And I’ve been a whistler for just about as long as I can remember. (To my co-workers’ chagrin? Quite possibly.) I’m also a walker. (No, not AMC’s kind of “walker.” Though I definitely feel like one, at times. Lots’o kids can do that to you. At least “lots’o younger kids who sometimes like [Read More...]

Evidence That I Have Arrived (FINALLY!)


Thanks to my Twitter notifications, I now have irrefutable evidence that this whole Blogging/Social Media thing is starting to pay off: Once more, for emphasis: Shakespeare is now following me on Twitter. I’m flattered. Gonna have to start an endorsements page, methinks: “The Bard Loves Joseph Susanka And Reads His Stuff All The Time,” or [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Mickey’s Trailer”


Having just completed our mostly-annual family “vacation” with roughly the same number of boys we had when we departed a couple of weeks ago, I’m putting this one firmly in the “Success” column. (Low bar, perhaps? Yeah, but an important one.) Besides, I now know that Nathan (Son Number Seven) is a huge, HUGE fan [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Triplets of Belleville”


This one’s nuts. Truly. It’s just …insane. No two ways about it. No need to take my word for it, though. It’s currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT, which offers the following (hopelessly inadequate) description: When her grandson, Champion, is kidnapped while competing in the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her dog set out to [Read More...]