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Extra-Special Post-Inauguration Roundup, No. 2


by Jerome Weeks 21 Jan 2009

Elizabeth Alexander’s inauguration poem, “Prose Song,” hasn’t won many accolades. But  her publisher is betting that it will still sell well: Graywolf Press is rushing out a printing of 100,000 copies. Many people believe — no, make that ardently hope — that Barack Obama will be “an arts president.” But the inaugural music from composer […]

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  • Elizabeth Alexander’s inauguration poem, “Prose Song,” hasn’t won many accolades. But  her publisher is betting that it will still sell well: Graywolf Press is rushing out a printing of 100,000 copies.
  • Many people believe — no, make that ardently hope — that Barack Obama will be “an arts president.” But the inaugural music from composer John Williams wasn’t exactly for the ages. Or maybe it was better than that. In any event, there’s already a new musical about him, Obama on My Mind, set to open in London in March
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  • Rawlins Gilliland

    The poem? No comment.
    The Williams music? Loved it.
    Per ‘Obama On My Mind’; Think Obama on my waistline.
    Monday night I prepared a massive buffet of wonderful food to dine on throughout the marathon Obama Day and Night….15 hr. brisket, turkey meatloaf, shrimp remoulade, chipotle brown rice, assorted vegetable medley (eat your heart out John Williams) fresh berries in sweet cream, ………….guacamole, cherry tomatores marinated with massive olives and purple onions in fresh shredded Parmesan—-Colombian pork Milanesa—the works….and ate the day and night away enjoying every vignette. Today my torso looks more like Rush Limbaugh than our new trim President. Back to reality! Worth every calorie and fat gram. What a time it was to be alive and feel it.

  • Sad to see artists cashing in on this great day for America.
    But look at politicians and their book advances.
    Where’s the media to stand up to this excess greed?