All in the Family – far, far ahead of its time

All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. …

Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin and starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers, All in the Family revolves around the life of a working class bigot and his family.

The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, rape, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television’s most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more realistic and topical conflicts.

The show ranked number-one in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. …

This is one of my favourite scenes.

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Norman Lear, age-92, just published his autobiographyEven this I get to experience.

Lear is extremely liberal, the opposite of Archie. Actually, Normal Lear had Maude, Bea Arthur, represent his personal views.

In some ways Archie still symbolizes the old white male conservative dinosaur. Carroll O’Connor died 2001.

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Archie Bunker’s ideas should have died with him.

Sex Lives of Cannibals

J. Maarten Troost 2004

Hilarious.

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At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

While his wife worked, Troost planned to write:

It would be a big book. Tolstoyan in scale, Joycean in its ambition, Shakespearean in its lyricism.

He ended up with this. :-)

He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life).

AMAZON – The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

another book by Troost – Lost on Planet China

Guardians of the Galaxy

Rockin’ convinced me to attend a 3D movie, a cultural imperative.

He was right. This is brilliant film making in 2014.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team …

The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast …

The film became a critical and financial success, having grossed over $500 million worldwide. A sequel has been announced and is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017. …

In February 2014, Gunn revealed that the film would incorporate songs from the 1970s and 1980s, such as “Hooked on a Feeling”, on a mixtape in Quill’s Walkman …

By August 2014, the soundtrack had reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart …

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating …