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You know, for all those items that don't fit into my other painstakingly selected categories.

William Faulker’s Nobel Banquet Speech (& Planet of the Apes)

Three years ago, I chose to recite William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech for a Public Speaking class in college. I had so loathed the prospects of taking that course that I was the sole senior in a class full of freshmen and sophomores. Begrudgingly, I got through it though if memory serves correct, I made a miserable job of it. In any case, the text itself–which speaks to Cold War fears and anxieties–is masterful.

Imagine my surprise, however, to hear bits of it used in the recently released teaser trailer for this summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Granted, it’s not his voice and the words have been fairly condensed and reworked, nevertheless I quite liked its inclusion and thought it a rather unexpected place to find Faulkner! (Full disclosure: I quite love this Planet of the Apes reboot so perhaps I wouldn’t be okay had another film done this.) Below’s the film’s teaser trailer, Faulkner’s delivery of the speech from 1950, and the full text from his speech.

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A Plumber’s Guarantee

With all the talk of Nixon and the “Saturday Night Massacre” lately, I decided to watch the BBC’s 5-part documentary on Watergate from 1994 (available in its entirety on youtube here). First, It’s a very good, and features interviews with all the major players from the scandal. Second, some of the stuff is patently absurd (and a bit hilarious), particularly those bits with the White House “plumbers.” Above, I’ve clipped a story about an incident of miscommunication and Gordon Liddy who thought he was tasked to “take care of” journalist Jack Anderson…the stuff of a farce.

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