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Sunday, December 21, 2021

This “Raisin Brahms” spot for non-profit Americans for the Arts has been around for months, but it’s new to me:

Then again, it’s not so new to me — which is the point. Because that wall-crashing entrance by composer Johannes Brahms is evocative of the same reckless technique employed by the old 1970s-era Kool-Aid Man.

That must be why I like this spot so much. That, and the curious dichotomy of promoting cultural learning as nutritionally-dense, while drawing inspiration from a notoriously nutrition-devoid sugarwater beverage. OH YEAH! Er, I mean, “Guten Taaaaag!”

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/21/2008 01:19pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Comedy, Pop Culture
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Inspired by the resonant aria from sci-opera Doctor Atomic, I feel compelled to present a snippet of the John Donne original, “Batter my heart, three person’d God (Holy Sonnet 14)”, here:

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

In keeping with the Robert Oppenheimer-prismed dynamics at play, feel free to compare this three-personed god with that found in the Bhagavad Gita.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/21/2008 12:53pm
Category: Creative
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He’s actually not for sale, but gawking is free:

Dozens of holiday shoppers, tourists and curious New Yorkers walking past the Roger Smith Hotel on 47th Street and Lexington Avenue were stopped by the sight of Tor Hamer, a 25-year-old heavyweight from Harlem, exchanging punches with his trainer, Shawn Raysor, in a display space usually reserved for mannequins.

The last time I was up that way, the Roger Smith was fronted by construction scaffolding, making the sidewalk on Lex already a tight squeeze. So I can imagine the pedestrian traffic jamming going on this weekend in front of that pugilistic display.

I would go check it out myself, but with the steady snowfall, I’d need a lot better reason to venture all that way than watching some palooka spar with himself.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/21/2008 11:45am
Category: Advert./Mktg., New Yorkin', Other Sports
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