Saturday, "In every episode, there is Ellis" went up. Bronwyn e-mailed this of Anjelica Huston speaking to Entertainment Tonight of Anjelica Huston discussing Ellis last March, "He's a little snake in the grass, isn't he? But a very charming snake. Which is fine as long as he's working for you. But not to be trusted, that's for sure."
Bonnie Raiit's new album? Kat's "Kat's Korner: Bonnie's got another classic" praises it as Bonnie's best ever. If you're a fan of music, you should check that out.
You should also check out Ava and C.I.'s latest book review. They're tackling . . . Carole King.
"Carole King's Conditioned Role and Desire (Ava and.C.I.)" (The Third Estate Sunday Review):
She often makes moments seem real and alive. This is especially true when recounting how she had to battle the state of Idaho in court repeatedly when they attempted to call a private road on her property a public one. Those pages are probably the strongest of the book because they give Carole something to really rage against.
She doesn't rage elsewhere in the book.
Everything's great and everyone's wonderful. She manages that feat of Pollyanna-ism by simply rendering major people in her life invisible. Phil Spector? Carole hated him. They fought bitterly. She fought with Gerry over Phil claiming credit on the songs she and Gerry wrote together. Carole stood up to Phil at a time when few people did. (Cynthia Weil always stood up to Phil.) Now days, Phil Spector doesn't control the music industry. Today, he's infamous for his abuse and torture of Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes lead singer who made the mistake of marrying Phil) and for being in prison currently after being convicted of murdering Lana Clarkson. And despite Carole knowing him and working with him for years in the sixties, he shows up only in a single sentence, "More recently he [Lester Sill] had been the 'Les' of Philles Records (Spector being the 'Phil') and the music supervior of the Monkees' movie, Head."
As this sort of thing happens repeatedly throughout the book, you sort of get the feeling that if she'd spent years in the Philippines with the Marcoses, she'd work in a sentence about Imelda's lovely shoe collection. Or maybe she would have developed a crush on Ferdinand Marcos and written an unbelievable portrait of him the way she has James Taylor?
It's a real shame Carole never slept with 'baby' James. If she had, her romantic and child-like view of him would have died real quick. James can't stand women, he's treated all of his wives poorly, the only ex-girlfriend he doesn't trash is the one who left him (Joni Mitchell) and was smart enough not to cater to him. (The minute you cater to James is the minute you cease to be a person in his eyes.)
Reading Carole's James stories, after you shake off the school girl crush that she can't, you realize she doesn't know a thing about this man she claims to be friends with. She has no insight into him or awareness of him or even fond shared memories unless you're talking memories located in studios and concert halls.
I don't know if I picked the right part for the excerpt. They really do a thorough review of this book. It really is something. Carole writes about domestic abuse in the book (her third husband) and Ava and C.I. point out that no one deserves to be beaten but that maybe someone like Carole needs to explain their role in glamorizing abuse?
(Carole wrote the musics, her first husband wrote the words, to the song "He Hit Me, It Felt Like A Kiss."
I agree with them, that's something Carole should have addressed the issue. She didn't.
If you read the amazing piece Ava and C.I. wrote, you will be blown away. They really capture everything about the book in that review.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):