Was it ethically acceptable of me to buy Volume I of Robert A Caro's Pulitzer Prize-winning 3000-page Lyndon Baines Johnson biography, get bored by page 3, then exchange it for the Justin Timberlake

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caro does repeat himself like you wouldn't believe but the appropriate reaction to that i think is an indulgent lol. and some skimming.

their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 01:38 (four years ago) Permalink

also for some reason all of the copies of this on the shelf at powell's are autographed

their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:24 (four years ago) Permalink

'caro was here'

lag∞n, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:32 (four years ago) Permalink

"But was there also something about Caro’s pursuit of L.B.J. that was just a little bit Ahab-like?"

an editor let this through?

If the Johnson of Volumes 1 and 2 is the “bad” L.B.J., then the Johnson of Volume 4 is the “good” one. It is almost as if Caro is writing about two different people — as if, for all his reportorial skill, he can’t countenance Johnson being both ruthless and compassionate in the same volume. He has to be one or the other.

This man has neither read Caro's book nor indeed any book.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 May 2012 20:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I hope someday to become this maniacally devoted to a project. So far my project-perseverance record is a couple years at a couple hours a week.

raw feel vegan (silby), Saturday, 12 May 2012 23:17 (four years ago) Permalink

guy is too effin' slow, he better live to 90

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 13 May 2012 00:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Caro makes by far the most convincing case for RFK Maturing than any one of the hagiographers I've read. Apparently he really did create a professional, elite Justice Department and did care about the poor.

oh, to have such an Attorney General once again ...

Boris Kutyurkokhov (Eisbaer), Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Jon Stewart seemed a little cowed by him the other night--hardly joked around at all.

clemenza, Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:28 (four years ago) Permalink

after reading that Esquire profile I'd be cowed too.

raw feel vegan (silby), Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:29 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

alright i have a library copy of master of the senate

markers, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 22:50 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I finally decided to dig into this and um, started in the middle with "Passage of Power" since that was the first volume available from the library and holy shit this guy really delivers on the meticulously researched anecdotes

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 March 2016 20:37 (five months ago) Permalink

so many zingers

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 March 2016 20:45 (five months ago) Permalink

was sure he was either dead or finished

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:47 (five months ago) Permalink

upon thread bump i mean.

johnson anecdotes always irresistable; i swear 50% of the footnotes in the taylor branch king years trilogy are just johnson quotes that couldn't be justified as part of the main text

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:48 (five months ago) Permalink

or thin

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:50 (five months ago) Permalink

xpost

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:50 (five months ago) Permalink

Master of the Senate delivers big time.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:51 (five months ago) Permalink

passage of power probably the worst volume so far btw! mean this as good news.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:51 (five months ago) Permalink

he's so thin is the thing. he really is the shadow george r r martin.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:52 (five months ago) Permalink

I'll probably backtrack to the previous volumes if I can find them, I'm barreling through this one

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 March 2016 20:55 (five months ago) Permalink

JFK purportedly ordering his staff not to slight the veep, the veep getting snickered at Georgetown cocktail parties, Arthur Schlesinger the toady, the loathsome Kenny O'Donnell. I admire LBJ for being such a good politician that the mask never slipped: he never dissed JFK in public ever.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 20:57 (five months ago) Permalink

i need to go back and reread these, tho the thought of plowing through the first book again and all that forlorn texas countryside is kinda harrowing

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:01 (five months ago) Permalink

what about the forlorn upholstery and the scampering feet of Kennedy children in the East Wing

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:02 (five months ago) Permalink

it's not on the same level as caro but doris kearns goodwin's book about hanging out with LBJ at the end of his life is a good companion piece to these books, lots and lots of uncensored quotes from LBJ himself, probably more fun to read than his actual memoirs

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:04 (five months ago) Permalink

what I've read about the final years is grim: LBJ becoming a mean old pasha directing to the last ounce grain rations for cattle, berating his staff over dumb shit, taking up smoking again. He treated the ranch like the majority leader's office.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:07 (five months ago) Permalink

shocked you didn't mention his hair

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:09 (five months ago) Permalink

lbj back on the ranch is what's meant by the cliche "a broken man"

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:09 (five months ago) Permalink

as shocked as Sissy Spacek during her BOTH BROTHERS moment

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

lbj back on the ranch is what's meant by the cliche "a broken man"

just going by the wiki entry it sounds like pretty hardcore deathwish shit

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 March 2016 21:14 (five months ago) Permalink

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 March 2016 21:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Discussing his latest new age electronica record

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 March 2016 21:22 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so how bad is this HBO thing w Cranston gonna be? Feel like they should've put some prosthetic jowls on him

Οὖτις, Monday, 25 April 2016 22:25 (four months ago) Permalink

is he playing Lady Bird

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 April 2016 22:26 (four months ago) Permalink

"It premiered on Broadway in March 2014, in a production also directed by Rauch, which won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Bryan Cranston won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance."

maybe not that bad

-_- (jim in glasgow), Monday, 25 April 2016 22:34 (four months ago) Permalink

wow, I had no idea Justin Timberlake wrote an LBJ bio

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Monday, 25 April 2016 22:37 (four months ago) Permalink

singer-songwriter-keyboardist-LBJ hagiographer

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 April 2016 22:44 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Turns out this HBO thing is really bad. I turned it off after drunk LBJ crashes his car into a lake while swigging whiskey behind the wheel and terrorizing hubert humphrey

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 May 2016 02:11 (three months ago) Permalink

cuz he caught Justin's dancing during "Suit & Tie"?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 May 2016 02:14 (three months ago) Permalink

the car turns, bondstyle, into a boat, which is accurate lbj story #551

i couldn't finish it either tho. the sort of movie where people always say "the 1957 civil rights act," never "the '57 bill".

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Friday, 27 May 2016 04:22 (three months ago) Permalink

got off on the wrong foot with it when lbj's first scene was waking from a troubled+uncertain sleep returning from dallas on air force one. in caro he's a suddenly reactivated dynamo.

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Friday, 27 May 2016 04:23 (three months ago) Permalink

sort of admired mackie's 0% resemblance to mlk -- a pencil moustache and done -- and the decision to emphasize his canny+unyielding political operator side is probably a much-needed antidote to the cuddly dreamer cliche, but it kinda misses the freakish softness with which he'd be hard imo. did like what i saw of bob moses -- tho for the sake of staging its intra-movement ideological battles between its characters in person, for drama, the movie kept putting roy wilkins in rooms i'm not sure he'd be in. whatever tho it's a play, but see also something worse: when hoover, instead of sending bowdlerized excerpts of his mlk sex tapes to joseph alsop or writing intricately passive-agressive blackmail memos to nicholas katzenbach, is just suddenly sitting in the parked limo from Every Political Thriller while lbj himself listens to sex noises on reel-to-reel. idk.

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Friday, 27 May 2016 04:35 (three months ago) Permalink

those sorts of things i imagine playing better onstage -- interactions between movement ideologies or govt departments boiled down to dramatic abstraction. but movie realism made it seem cheap and dumbed-down somehow -- and also i think a network that finds so much time for the details of cersei's schemes should find some for hoover's.

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Friday, 27 May 2016 04:42 (three months ago) Permalink

after drunk LBJ crashes his car into a lake while swigging whiskey behind the wheel and terrorizing hubert humphrey

it's probably pretty boring but this sounds hilarious

μpright mammal (mh), Sunday, 29 May 2016 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

but he terrorized Humphrey sober at Cabinet meetings

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 May 2016 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah it sounds funnier than it is

Οὖτις, Sunday, 29 May 2016 01:46 (two months ago) Permalink


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