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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-27 05:59
Subject: [links] Link salad hums "Bei Mir Bistu Shein?"
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Jade de Jay Lake — What appears to be French flap copy for Green, with a positive recommendation at the end. The French edition uses the Dan Dos Santos cover.

The Perils of PredictionThe Mumpsimus is interesting about the film 2001.

Juana la Loca — A fascinating squib on art and history from James Gurney.

Neglected graves home to 'invisible dead' — A sad piece of African-American history.

The Quarter: 1903Shorpy with an old photo of an even older, neglected French Quarter courtyard.

A close-up of Saturn's moon Hyperion — It's like a wasp nest in space.

The Problem With Question 36Why are so many of the answers on the U.S. citizenship test wrong? Curious and weird.

?otD: Klezmer or big band?

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Sue Burke
User: mount_oregano
Date: 2011-02-27 18:27 (UTC)
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"It's like a wasp nest in space."

Maybe it is exactly that.
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User: anghara
Date: 2011-02-27 20:06 (UTC)
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I took that citizenship test, back in 2006. The guy asked me, glancing at me across his desk on which there was a PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED MINIATURE FLAG OF THE US, "What are the official colours of the American flag?"

Dude, I was SO tempted to answer "Dark Green, Purple, and Yellow".

I mean, it was right there in front of me. I was STARING at it. What on earth was that question trying to prove? That I wasn't blind?

Luckily, I remembered in time that a sense of humour is not one of the things to be tested on this particular occasion. I think I kept a commendably straight face when I gave the answer they wanted. TO be perfectly honest, I'm not even sure the guy was listening too hard.
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-02-27 20:40 (UTC)
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I'm in a "Yiddish Cultural Expressions" class that has us studying klezmer music (of course). It's a very interesting genre, I must say. Now, I need to find the time either today or tomorrow to listen to an album and write an analysis of it...

Any recommendations?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-02-27 22:33 (UTC)
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I'm no particular expert on klezmer music, but I shall ask the Twitterverse and Facebookland.
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-02-28 06:01 (UTC)
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Here's a great little video of the amazing Itzhak Perlman playing klezmer with several different groups.

My favorite klezmer band is the Klematics--lots of videos on youtube but this song, Shnirele Perele...
Is gorgeous. A sweet poem in Yiddish.

I like traditional klezmer but also the modern rock-klezmer restyling.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2011-02-27 22:43 (UTC)
Subject: Klezmer
The Flying Bulgars, once known as the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. They mix it up a bit, but are well worth it.

Derryl Murphy
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Aaron Leis
User: ripperbard
Date: 2011-02-27 22:45 (UTC)
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I used to listen to a lot of The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, who were pretty awesome. Haven't listened to much other Klezmer, but did see notice some similarities between them and Gypsy bands like Taraf de Haidouks who, regardless of what you're after, you should check out as well.

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