The My World page of Two Worlds won’t be your run-of-the-mill personal website.
People have waded through enough substance-free content online. My view is that too many personal pages or biographical profiles are safe, homogenous, devoid of personality.
Visitors to the prior iteration of My World scrolled through a wide range of people and subjects that influence me. With a few dozen entries, the category was getting out of control. In particular when viewing on a mobile device in portrait mode - began redefining 'the infinite scroll'. People and subjects include: humor, fitness, Thomas Paine, Audrey Hepburn, John Cassavetes, Muhammad Ali, Christopher Hitchens. A miniscule extract of that category can be found below. I intend to expand on the original list, but compartmentalize things.
In the end, Two Worlds is eclipsed by an ordinary insight of the human experience that each of us knows but often forget: We simply want to share our story. To send out a transmission with the hope someone, somewhere picks it up and sees a reflection.
We Travel This Road But Once.
Like "the Dude", our eyes sparkle at the dawn of each day: Be curious, seek knowledge, eat right, workout and always be ready to get down.
Don't like being the hombre to harsh on anyone's mellow, but I just learned today (February 12, 2021) of the tragic death of the dude-of-dudes, Hukumuri. Apparently,
Hukumuri was killed nearly a month ago on January 16, 2021.
We all have our routines in ife, whether it is to eat, work, exercise or other stuff.
One of my online routines was to regularly check in on Hukumuri; Was stunned to learn he was dead.
Pretty sure I watched virtually all YouTube videos on the Huk-meister over the years.
The above photo is a screen capture from one video of Hukumuri which is how I will remember him.
Dude was in his prime, sitting in front of a termite mound with a thick neck and looking annoyed (like someone just stole his car).
It’s hilarious. I loved it!!
That neck, bruh!!
What a World!!
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From This Bad Self to His Bad Self.
Naturally, James Browns' legacy is far more profound to the African-American community than me. That said, his effect on me remains profound in its own way.
My first memory of Brown was watching him perform on tv. It was the legendary Cape routine. I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions as Brown, on his knees, had the cape draped over him and slowly got back to his feet as a band member carefully sheperded him off stage. But just a few feet short of the wings Brown was suddenly hit with a bolt of energy, and he chucked off the cape and went back to entertain the audience. Just a kid, I thought, "Boy, this guy is trying really hard. He doesn't want to give up." I been diggin' His Bad Self in many ways ever since.
Frye was a university teacher, literary and social critic, essayist, and editor. Widely considered one of the most influential literary critics of the 20th century. Frye was the first to seriously consider and document a unified theory of literary criticism. What separates him from many others was the rigour and comprehensiveness of his judgements and critical structures. His ability to go to the heart of an argument and reshape it from within.
Northrop Frye's first two major works, Fearful Symmetry (1947) and Anatomy of Criticism (1957) established an international reputation that continues more than 26-years after his death.
I love too many styles of humor and comedians to begin listing them.
I will say this about humor: It is one of the most powerful qualities one can possess. Humor welcomes, enlightens, warns, heals, loves, makes ammends, is self deprecating, educates, softens harsh realities, empowers, beats bullies, cuts through bullshit, fosters courage and belief, seals deals, lessens tension and much, much more. Plus humor travels well across all society, races and cultures and is an essential quality in any era. Humor is no joke. It's the real deal.
Not certain there is another woman that, for me, engenders such a profound mix of love and protection.
Hepburn was strong, ambitious, compassionate: the eternal woman. One has a sense Hepburn would fit in
during any period in history AND look great doing it.
One of the 20th century's most successful composers, yet known by relatively few people.
Composed many of the Bond themes plus Born Free, King Rat, Dances with Wolves, Ipcress Files, Out of Africa, Chaplin, Lion in Winter and on and on.
Winner of Oscars and Grammys. Barry's music had an uncanny ability to evoke psychologically potent qualities with, at times, spartan sound.
My fascination with Custer is during his Civil War period. Custer was a largely disinterested, troublesome West Point
cadet who finished near the bottom of his graduating class. Once the Civil War broke out, Custer quickly emerged as a
cavalry leader who was fearless, charismatic and quick thinking. Critics doubted Custer's luck would last. But they were wrong.
Despite fighting from the front on cavalry charges, and having eleven horses shot out from under him, Custer always created his own luck.
His men loved him with a number of them adopting his unique fashion style.
The following is an excerpt from The Guardians', Jonathan Jones obituary on Robert Hughes in 2012. "Robert Hughes, who has died aged 74,
was simply the greatest art critic of our time and it will be a long while before we see his like again. He made criticism look like literature.
He also made it look morally worthwhile...Hughes could be savage, but he was never petty. There was a purpose to his lightning bolts of condemnation. " And, "The joy of reading Hughes is infectious and often hilarious. His sheer rudeness can be liberating."
Two of my Hughes' favorites: "The Shock of the New" - (book,1980 and BBC tv series, 1981) and "Culture of Complaint" - (1993) essays on the insufferable blind conviction of political correctness run unchecked.
If there is one person in my list who, legitimately, would be considered a renaissance man, it is Jonathan Miller. Not only does Miller possess a wide range of skills,
but he is equally accomplished in all these fields. Miller's range of occupations: Humorist, medical doctor, theatre and opera director, actor, television presenter, author.
In the late 1950s, Miller was training in medicine and specializing in neurology in Britain. Skip a few years forward and he was part of a legendary comedy revue,
Beyond the Fringe which was comprised of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. Then in the 1970s, he became a leading opera director. In 1978 the BBC aired the highly acclaimed series, The Body in Question which Miller wrote
and was the presenter. Am skipping countless accomplishments in between. In 2004, Miller wrote and presented a TV series titled, Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief.
A provocative and engrossing example of Miller's writing, The Mind's Eye and the Human Eye.
What a life! Women wanted him and men wanted to be like him. To say, Flynn led
a sybaritic life would be an understatement. There was nothing he wouldn't drink.
And if the records on Flynn are accurate, there are only two living beings left unscrewed by Flynn:
An aunt of mine in Monongahela and my seventh grade teachers' budgie.
An incredible life in incredible stages. From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, he forced change on so many aspects of American culture: boxing, professional athletes, oratory, American society, race, justice.
It is astonishing how this African-American man of modest upbringing could retain such dignity after
experiencing the blatant racism of 1960s America. The American government made an
example out of Ali by suspending him from boxing for three years - Ali's prime years - for his refusal to fight in Vietnam.
When Ali returned to the ring after the suspension, he built an even greater legend.
After his pro career,
Ali slowly transitioned into the unofficial role of honorary global ambassador for peace.
The unabashed love Ali would generate while walking amongst people of all races and all stations in life is noteworthy and humbling.
Undoubtedly, one of the most recognizable global names and personas of the 20th century.
And to those athletes on this planet who
believe they are witty or can trash talk: Sit down and shut up. It began with Ali. Any athlete who attempts to replicate Ali's vibe, without exception,
sound embarrassingly self-conscious and comes across as a diluted imitation.
Godfather of independent film making or cinema verite. Cassavetes films capture the bewildering uncertainty of simple people in convoluted circumstances. Shadows, Faces, Husbands, Killing of a Chinese Bookie and more. Cassavetes gave EVERYTHING to his filmmaking. Acted in other director's Hollywood films so he could funnel all the money he earned into his own films. He hated the Hollywood "system". No one conveyed a visible contempt for authority better than Cassavetes.
He encouraged improvisation during filming. Consequently, he did not overdo the lighting or blocking of scenes. This led to a semi-documentary film style with the camera, hand-held, moving with the actors.
Unlike many on my list, Hitchens always seemed to be with us. Didn't he? He was always front and center to debate an issue on television or, in his favorite forum, before a live audience.
Hitchens was full of wit, insight, analysis and, when required, a judiciously portioned vial of venom. He enormously productive too.
A few of my favorites - The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice; The Trial of Henry Kissinger; Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography; and, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
For those who are new to Hitchens and want to get a sense of the mans' oratorical skill and merciless verbal beatdown chops, I urge you to watch the BBC Program, Intelligence Squared Debate. The Motion: "The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World". Check it out: