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  • gilwilson 3:34 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, americana, hitchhiking, john waters,   

    “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” By John Waters 

    18594483Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
    By John Waters
    Narrated by: John Waters
    Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    Release date: 06-03-14
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    We’ll start this out by me confessing that I’m a fan of John Waters.  Now when I say that I mean the films he’s directed and/or written.  I was first introduced to his work through 3 of his movies.  A friend told me I would love these films, since they knew I was an indie-film fan.  Those 3 movies were: “Cry Baby,” “Serial Mom,” (my favorite) and “Hairspray” (the original 1988 version).  They were off the beaten path and were dark and fun.  I later tried to watch some of his 70s films with Devine (i.e. “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Troubles”) but they were a bit out there for me (and that’s saying alot).  So when I got wind of this book, I just had to give it a listen.

    Narrated by the author makes this book priceless, only John Waters can do John Waters, but what makes it extremely interesting is that it is basically 2 novellas and a memoir in one audiobook.  Waters goes across country and experiences America in a way only John Waters can.   What is funny is that I was not aware for some reason that it was 3 separate parts.  The first section is his journey written as if only the best things happen as he hitchhikes across the USA.  The second section is if only the worst things would happen and finally the last section is the actual events on his trek across the country.

    Not being aware of the 3 sections, I was listening to his story unfold in section one and thinking, “Wow, how cool is that?”  Basically, he gets picked up by a drug dealer on his first ride and the drug dealer gives him a million dollars to fund his latest film.  I thought this has got to be the luckiest guy in the world.  Yeah there were times I was doubting the reality of his tale, but he told it with such feeling that I bought it.  Then when section two starts and we are starting over and he says that was the best case here’s the worst, I felt ripped off.  That feeling soon passed because I realized  he’s a master story teller and that’s exactly what I want.

    When I recommend this to friends and family and they listen to it or read it, I’m quick to ask what their favorite part was.  It is all good, but the bad part get’s really bad and dark.  The real life experience is not boring by any means, but it was nice to have the best and worst as comparisons.

    Have fun with this book,  but before you start make sure you are familiar with John Waters so you don’t get too surprised.

    Publisher’s Summary

    A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo.

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho”, he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: A friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: A young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

    Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion – and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

    ©2014 John Waters (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
  • gilwilson 12:42 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, americas, , indians,   

    “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” By Charles C. Mann 

    1491: N1538183ew Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    By Charles C. Mann
    Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    Release date: 08-29-16
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    So when Columbus “discovered” America, as we are all taught in school, the country was barely populated and ripe for the picking.  Well, my problem with that was always that, well he only landed on a few islands that were populated, maybe not densely, like his hometown, but populated.  Had he traveled actually inland onto the main continents of North or Sout America he would have see a larger population of a land that was NOT India or China as he believed.  Rather, he would have seen that the land was more populated than Europe and had very intricate governments, civilization, and culture.

    This book provides evidence for a picture of North and South America that could have been the equal to if not better than the rest of the world.  Unfortunately with the journeys of the white man into the “New World” brought with them the white man’s diseases, most prevalent of them was small pox.  Small pox can be blamed for easily wiping out at least half of the original citizens of the Americas.

    Mann takes on a journey to the Americas before Columbus and even before the birth of Christ, where civilizations were using agriculture and government to an extent that may even rival today’s civilization.

    When I first looked into this audiobook, I saw that it would be a 16 hour commitment and wondered if I was ready for that long of a history lesson.  Once in the book, it was very hard to stop and it the information provided made not only the time fly, but also made me want to seek out more information.  For example, here in Illinois we have the Cahokia Mounds location where history and archaeology have proven that it was a culture that rivaled the Incas and or Mayas and was just as ancient.  I now have an overwhelming urge to go visit that site and learn more.

    I’ve always known that the Americas were inhabited but how they arrived and to what extent I had no clue, now it can be read with the support of great evidence that our “discovered” country was thriving long before westward expansion of Europe destroyed it.

    Publisher’s Summary
    A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

    Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’ landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

    In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

    In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
    Certain cities – such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital – were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
    The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
    Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as “man’s first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering”.
    Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it – a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
    Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively “landscaped” by human beings.
    Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

    ©2016 Charles C. Mann (P)2016 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 12:43 PM on August 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9/11, america, conspiracy theories, dick russell, , government, jesse ventura, jfk, kennedy, malcolm x, martin luther king jr, robert kennedy, shadow government, stolen elections, watergate   

    “American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells ” by Jesse Ventura & Dick Russell 

    “American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells ”
    by Jesse Ventura & Dick Russell
    Read by George K. Wilson
    Produced by Tantor Audio (2010)
    Approx 10.5 hours

    I have just read the first non-fiction audiobook that has left me looking over my shoulder and watching what kind of digital/paper trail I’m creating.  “American Conspiracies…” by Jesse Venture and Dick Russell is one of those books that tells you the facts and fallacies and leaves the listener/reader to decide for themselves.   Jesse Ventura had a very interesting TV program on TruTV network which exposed a lot of hidden government ideals and this book provides a great supplement to that program.  It also works alone in that it presents some things which the network wouldn’t touch.

    Ventura begins the book with information on all the lone gunman assassinations that have plagued our government since the days of Abraham Lincoln.  The first half of the book covers the assassinations of Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy.  Bringing to question the whole lone gunman theory.  Through the latter assassinations Ventura talks about the mind control branch of the CIA commonly referred to as the MK Ultra program.  I have always thought that to pull off such high level of killings these folks (Booth, Oswald, Sirhan, Ray) had to have some sort of backing.  Think about it these took careful planning and then to carry out the operation had to have a team of experts.  Even when the government is the good guy, they need a team to carry out such events.   Look at what it took to bring down Hussein & bin Laden.

    Ventura then goes on to bring to light some of the darker sides of the Watergate scandel, the Jones town massacre, The stolen elections by Reagan and later the 2 almost three stolen elections by Bush (George W.), the financial crisis of 2007-10 (which is still being felt today) and the questions brought up in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the one question I’ve had why was the bin Laden family on the only allowed flight out of the country during the week after the attacks?

    At the end of each chapter Ventura throws in a “what should we do now?” section in which he suggests ideas that the American public can institute to help keep this from happening again.  These sections are very thought provoking without starting revolution.

    If you love your country (U.S.A.) and want some food for thought check out this book.  I will warn you though, thanks to the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act the government can and will access your digital/paper trail, so if you check this out from the library (like I did) or purchase online they will know.  It’s funny that I never had any problems with any government institution but one month after checking out this book I started getting strange letters from the IRS and audits on my government based student loans.  Makes me feel like being a veteran isn’t enough in this day and age.

    The reader George K. Wilson, does a great straightforward job of presenting this book and at times reminded me of listening to the Saturday morning news show for kids, “In the News.”  Giving the listener a nice flow of some very in depth information.

    • Marcie Buckner 4:42 AM on January 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Is any one as satisfied as I that the protestant conspiracy theories about the Vatican killing millions of people are finally being removed from the history books? More and more people are becoming aware to the fact all protestant peoples joined forces with the Jews, the pagans, the Muslims, and all enemies of the Vatican to spread a lie so dirty the creators themselves began to believe them and fill their history with “vicious lies”. Every word spoken against the pope is a lie and another protestant conspiracy against God incarnate, the pope. No Catholic would ever harm anyone or lie about history or the things they experienced, certainly not the Pope.

      The Vatican’s records show that only 5000 people suffered under the Vatican’s rule, contrary to the lying records of all the other European, African, American, and Asian countries who lied with ‘stories’ of genocide.


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