Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vic and Sade and Oscar Wilde — Simpatico

It may seem funny to us that so much energy and emotion is invested in wallpaper on “Vic and Sade” — but Wilde would disagree:
“Why, Mr. Wilde, do you think America is such a violent country?”
“I can tell you why,” he said. “It’s susceptible readily of an explanation. America is such a violent country because your wallpaper is so ugly.”
Wilde wasn’t being capricious or cute — he was making a serious point in a funny way. I can’t say it any better than Fry said it himself:
[H]e could see that we were harmful to our planet in terms of its aesthetics. That we were making the earth uglier. Uglier with bad architecture, uglier with badly designed factories, uglier with badly stamped out tin trays and cheap ornaments, ugly with appalling wallpaper. And if you’re someone who grows up in such an environment, who is surrounded by badly made ugly things, then you think ugly thoughts of yourself and world. You think ugly thoughts of your whole species.
So when Sade campaigns for attractive upstairs wallpaper, when she battles with Mr. Erickson and wears herself down mentally over wallpaper, she’s not just being womanish and superficial. There is a lot at stake: for her mental health, for her family’s, for society’s. And, in fact, Vic makes this very same point, in fewer words, right in that episode:
VIC: Uh-huh. Say, talk about your poisonous greens…this baby on top here takes the cake.
SADE: Could you imagine livin’ in a room with wallpaper like that?
VIC: I’m afraid I’d grow morbid and homicidal.
Other conversation in this episode recalls another famous Wilde zinger, often paraphrased and mischaracterized as his final words: “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do” (also quoted in another source as “One of us has got to go”). Wilde was in a bad way when he said this, broke, exiled, and dying painfully in a cheap hotel. On one hand, it was a funny remark to make in that situation — you’re on the verge of death, and all you care about is the wallpaper? On the other hand, it is terribly sad to think that a man who cared so much about beauty was forced to lay dying in agony while staring at a wallpaper pattern that distressed him. Vic, once again, understands:
RUSH: “For those who love a rich, restful emerald color, this lovely pattern should be a perfect joy.”
SADE: Oh, my, my, my, my, my.
VIC: “Rich, restful emerald color,” huh? If I was entertainin’ somebody I despised for the weekend I’d expose them to this “rich, restful emerald color.” And I’d guarantee by Monday morning he’d feel vaguely ill and be affected with spots before the eyes and a tendency toward involuntary shakes and shudderin’s.
I don’t know how familiar Paul Rhymer would have been with Wilde and the aesthetic movement, or if he would have ever heard either of these quotes (though it’s certainly likely — Wilde being one of the great comedy writers, I’m sure Rhymer read plenty of him), but great minds think alike. Attributing violent behavior and illness to wallpaper is funny. It is also profound. These two things need not contradict one another.  -- Lydia Crowe

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Audio slowly being added to V&S Print Media site

Slowly but surely, audio is being added to the V&S Print Media site.  I'd venture one-third are done as of now.  If you'd like to help, please let me know.

Keevy's office

Find the gory details here, plus a new film title...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Presto, change-o, reverse engineero

I worked my tail off last week, finishing off the new Vic and Sade appendage, Vic and Sade in Print Media.

Yep, I know it's not sexy or pretty, but it does the job...

I wonder how many of you realize how I have reversed engineered these sites to do what they are doing.  These are BLOGS. Who knew you could turn a blog(s) into an encyclopedia?

Well... I'll be back in a couple of days.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Newspaper and magazine articles are finished as a horse!

I finished posting the remaining newspaper and magazine articles.  There are 284 articles, to date.  Find them here.

Reading, recording articles and scripts for the blind

I have many news and magazine articles that will need to be audibly recorded, so those who are visually impaired may also enjoy them.  If you would be up for volunteering, please let me know.  I will not overburden or pressure you, if you choose to help.  E-mail me for details.

Sade's on the phone and Bill's in the Navy

43-01-28 Sade's On the Phone has been updated, including a script.  Bernardine Flynn did this episode by herself, so the script has her doing some interesting things.

The script also has Rush outside and earlier helping Sade move furniture... well, he was in the Navy.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Being lazy

Every now and then I have take off my Superwwwwman cape and take a needed rest and regenerate; I am also stuck with an injury that is likely to involve rehab.

Cut to the quick, I'm going to take it easy for a few days. I will do some stuff, but as little as possible.

I do not worry about 'burnout' when it comes to Sade and the boys.

Vic in Sade made the news today. It's not much, but continues to show that fans remain.

Tell a neighbor about the show.  Tell someone about Paul Rhymer, the ease and flow of Idelson, Van Harvey's odd mercury, how Bernardine made 'the perfect Sade', and of course, mention 5 stories about Uncle Fletcher, Honey.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Twenty five new news entries

Twenty five new news entries just finished, although some you may have seen before as I am assembling this new site.  See them here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

But before I go...

I believe I have solved a minor mystery.  It's a behind-the-scenes kind of thing, and not that important, in the scheme of things.

Though we have NO evidence, I have notes from the Friends of Vic and Sade that before Third Lieutenant Clinton Stanley, there was Second Lieutenant Bob Womble.

I've read more than 300 newspaper and magazine articles on the subject of Vic and Sade and can find no mention of "Bob Womble".  However, I have found a Bob Wamboldt, who was a studio engineer.  This HAS to be the guy in question. I've found him mentioned twice (at least), both in 1936, prior to Clinton Stanley joining the studio team. 

Second Lieutenant Bob Womble will become Second Lieutenant Bob Wamboldt, when I return.  And just in case, please fix this for me, 'Plan B'...


There's a good chance I am about to spend some time in the hospital.  I hope to return ASAP.

If I do not return, do not panic... there IS a 'plan B' in place.

However, I do expect to return.

In the meantime, there yet again 25 or so new entries in the Vic and Sade in Print Media site.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

About 2 dozen new articles posted

I'm getting close to finishing posting all of the newspaper and magazine articles.  There appears to be close to (more than) 250 total.  The Friends of Vic and Sade provided about half of these.

You can check out all the new ones, or explore by keyword here.

Roy Dejectedly Roy Dejectedly

Monday, November 3, 2014

A FOVS piece about music

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Icebergs in Illinois

New commentary and script from Vic and Sade fan, Mis' Crowe!

You will appreciate this script, because the audio is so bad...

41-xx-xx Icebergs in Illinois 

Big changes

Due to the fact that 1) I have a number of new newspaper and magazine articles (only 1/2 have been posted thus far) and 2) some of the articles might be hard to read, I have taken the enormous giant leap to try and solidify things.

I have begun a new branch (blog) to hold just newspaper and magazine articles.  They will be "blown up" to their largest size from the get go; you may then read it, or choose "save as" (to save it) or choose "view image" to make it even larger and you can read it (or again, choose to save it).

This means a few things: first, the "Newspaper Articles" choice on the left hand side of blog no longer exists (or won't as of Monday).

Secondly, 99% of the newspaper/magazine articles that existed on The Vic and Sade Notebook no longer exist here but have been transferred (or are in the process of being transferred) to a new site, Vic and Sade in Print Media.  You can go ahead and check it out, but it's unfinished.

Another advantage of the new site is that it should be much easier to find the specific article you seek, if you are looking for a specific reference without reading all of an article.  In processing and creating the site, I have done my best to highlight specific words or phrases to make finding things easier.

As of this writing, I am probably only 35% of the way done, but by Monday, I hope to have it completed.  Everything else has been put on hold until this is done.

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