Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cool thoughts

Since the temperature outside is currently stuck in the mid-'90s, I'm going with this blog's tagline theme of "something cool" to bring you the song of the same name. First it's sung by the person most associated with it (it was the title track of Christy's first and most famous solo album, made after she left Stan Kenton's orchestra). Next is a bit of a curiosity: a fragment from the tail end of Judy Garland's tv show in which she tries several times to introduce the song (pretty much ad libbing), finally gets down to a quite visceral rendition of it (@2:37), and then muffs a line and quits. Like her outtakes from Annie Get Your Gun, it's a poignant reminder of what could have been from one of the most compelling performers who ever lived.


From a roundup of "seriously cool" bookcases comes one with punctuation marks (for the editor/grammarian in your life!) and another for people with a penchant for contemplating infinity.

And from our own vast resources of cool ways to take your mind off of the heat, how about a little fun and frivolity from one of our favorite funny women? Don't miss out on Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, & Health-Inspected Cartoons by Roz Chast, 1978–2006.

Now for a Campari & soda…..


  1. there's a lot going on in this post, and it's all very cool indeed! that figure eight bookcase is absolutely to die for. if i had just a bit more room in my house...and thanks for the videos. before watching them both i thought that surely no one had anything on the great judy garland. but, wow! june christy has an amazing voice!

  2. Yum. You bring the Campari, I'll bring the soda! Very cool, indeed.

  3. That Judy Garland vid is fantastic. What could have been, indeed! I also love those bookcases. I think my first apartment could have fit inside the figure 8!! As a total side-note, well done with the phrase "people with a penchant for infinity." Great stuff. Sounds like a great name for another blog (or a faux cult!!)...