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Just testing some edutech tools this morning, this is my first attempt with Animoto, which lets you make free 30 second animated slideshows. I’m picking up on a topic I wrote about two years ago. – Do you recognize all of the bearded men in the pictures?

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BTW: A group of us is going to see a great bearded man reading at Amerika Haus here in Munich on Sunday: Harry Rowohlt, quite possibly the greatest translator from English to German. He’s responsible for Winnie the Pooh, Shel Silverstein, Ernest Hemmingway,… and he’s been touring, reading the letters of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with Gregor Gysi. On Sunday he’ll be reading from his translations.



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  1. “Last week I attended a family affair &
    A few remarked upon my recent growth of facial hair”

    Quite an inspired rhyme from Loudon Wainright, unfortunately i could only find this version for you.

    Not the best quality and also a truncated and not brilliant rendition of his song The Picture which usually makes me cry.

  2. Nope! One of those strange blind spots. Looking him up I saw that he was in all the right places including listening to Dylan in 1962, playing on M*A*S*H and Saturday Night Live and being married to Kate McGarrigle. I first noticed him when you and Vicki, I believe, were talking about He Said, She Said, and I enjoyed that but stored him away as “just” a novelty act.

  3. ah! maybe i can do a bit of musically educating you at last!!
    In his early days his stage show was very “novelty” singing in a very comic way, but his songs are often of the utmost sensitivity.
    some are funny, some are very sad.
    his son – Rufus Wainwright and daughter Martha wainwright both good musicians in their own right.
    He had a small part in Tim Burton’s – Big Fish – the guy who welcomes the lead character to the Heaven-like town in the middle of the forest – in one scene he is playing the banjo.
    Here’s some tunes.

    And if you can find his song Happy Birthday Bob (for Dylan’s birthday) it too is good.

    As is a lot more besides.

  4. My better half here (Randy) immediately said – Dead skunk in the middle of the road – that was his hit, very environmental etc. about cars killing animals. So, we’ve checked in on it. Seemingly Loudy used to perform in Massachusetts back then.
    I’ve been tracking the family down since Anne’s posting of Stephen Foster’s song in January – Bad times come again no more – with the sisters, the son and EmmyLou.
    Things just fall into place at one time or another.

  5. Harry Rowohlt gave us an excellent reading. His intro:

    He says, since he’s come down with this nervous disorder, his doctor lets him get properly drunk just four times a year – no more – he says “sich gepflegt die Kante geben” (literal translation: to give yourself the edge in style) and now he’s always worried he might miss that date.

    Then he read his upcoming translation of a children’s book, the title of which I didn’t catch. Oh, bother. I like his own writings well enough, and came home with various lovely bound volumes signed by the master. But my favorite works of his are those congenial translations. He’s a specialist for “untranslatable” poetry and wordplay in children’s literature, managing to retain the original spirit, meter and rhythm, the fantastical imagery, and creating something fresh and new and whole.

    His unsolicited encore (he’s always making these self-deprecating introductions) were four selections from Shel Silverstein.

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