My Least Favorite Film of the Year
The year began with high hopes. It ended with dashed dreams. I need to take 2004 off from you. Two shows within a week of each other in August will do that even to me. The Bowery show was a lot of fun to be so close to my idol from my childhood. I knew that I shouldn't expect too much and when you did most of your most recent album "Plan B", you lost me. I'm sorry Huey, even though my dad once described that record as a "stone groove", it is not very good. I respect that you are still playing new songs in a club setting, but come on, not for an hour. We want the hits. And when you finally delivered them, I was happy. The Wolf Trap show with my family seemed particularly uninspired. So unless you plan on playing my wedding, I need a break.
And what is up with no Chris Hayes, "The Kid", in the band anymore? You can't just lose your guitar player like that and expect me not to care. I mean, you already lost Mario "Bad Boy" Cipollina on bass a few years ago. And why is Bill Gibson on drums not wearing those tighty white shorts anymore as he pounds on the skins? Sean Hopper on keyboards is not looking so hot these days, is he? At least, Johnny Colla on saxophone is still super fine. Your name is Huey and you've just heard the news. Happy 2004.
A disappointed fan
It's been way too long since I've written in this space and it's been even longer since I mentioned my fascination with Terry Gross.
But I think this exchange sums up a typical Terry Gross interview. What used to infuriate me now amuses me to no end. It's all there. The giggles are the best part of course.Either that or the lack of a real question. I love that the transcript mentions the laughter. But there were at least 2 or 3 other moments of nervous giggling and stammering as she led up to asking the question (or non-question).
GROSS: If you're just joining us, my guest is Thanassis Cambanis, and he's the former Middle East bureau chief for the Boston Globe. He now writes the foreign policy column for the Globe. He teaches at Columbia University and is the author of the book "A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel."
Now you covered the war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006. You continued to cover Lebanon after that. You've covered the entire Middle East. So, Hezbollah is now an important part of the picture in terms of how the Middle East is changing in such a rapid way. Hezbollah now controls the government in Lebanon. So let me start by just asking you to connect the dots a little bit. Since you're looking at the region, I'm not sure what my question is here, so...
Prof. CAMBANIS: I have an idea of what the answer might be...
(Soundbite of laughter)
Prof. CAMBANIS: ...or the beginning of the answer.
GROSS: Okay. Then just take it. Go ahead.