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After years of shameless freeloading, I was finally compelled to join the Ricochet community this weekend. Would that I could say this action was prompted by a particularly persuasive entreaty by Rob Long which rendered further avoidance inconceivable. While I could defensively insist that it has long been my intention to become a member, I will refrain from offering excuses. My ultimate motivation for joining Ricochet was a heightened need, brought about by recent events, to seek a level of ideological kinship not presently available to me.

Beyond my nuclear family (i.e., parents and siblings), the circles in which I travel are overwhelmingly left-leaning. As an introverted, lifelong resident of the Boston area employed in the Arts, there is little opportunity to make any connections of a right-of-center persuasion. It is my sincerest wish that this forum will assist in filling that void.

It is my intention to post with some regularity. In addition to conservative/libertarian politics, my main points of interest include opera/operetta/classic musical theatre, Gilbert & Sullivan, Shakespeare, and silent cinema, and I expect that I will feel motivated to expound upon these and other topics with greater frequency than on politics. I hope that some of my fellow Ricochetti will find my musings of sufficient interest to indulge me.

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  1. JoelB Member

    Welcome to Ricochet. Looking forward to future posts.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:11 PM PST
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I hope you will see us as another kind of family, one that can be unpredictable but committed to supporting a country that was founded in freedoms. Welcome !

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:13 PM PST
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  3. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Welcome to Ricochet and I look forward to your thoughts on all topics!

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:14 PM PST
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  4. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I hope your nuclear family glows just as brightly as mine! Welcome aboard.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:24 PM PST
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  5. PHCheese Member

    A Xeno for a Dudley Doright. Seems fair.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:29 PM PST
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  6. Manny Member

    Welcome! You caught my attention with Shakespeare. ;)

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:32 PM PST
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  7. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge

    Xeno: lifelong resident of the Boston area employed in the Arts

    That kind of environment would be tough for me. I want to hear your libertarian take on issues, we need more of that:)

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:36 PM PST
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  8. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Welcome! On Ricochet, you will always find dozens of members who are into the same things you are. Check the list of Groups. Also, there are probably many other members within 50 miles of your location to meet with in person. Post away!

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:37 PM PST
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  9. Sandy Member

    You do need us, I see, but we need you, too. I happily await your posts. 

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:38 PM PST
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  10. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Welcome aboard! I have noticed many new members this past week. 

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    • January 10, 2021, at 6:42 PM PST
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  11. Quintus Sertorius Coolidge

    Welcome!! I am in a very similar boat. I am a high school history and politics teacher in 100% liberal Lawrence, Kansas. Only 1 of 2 counties that went for Biden. My school…students and colleagues are 98-99% Democrat. Suffice it to say I bite my tongue quite a bit!! Ricochet has been a wonderful safe haven for me even if some have disagreed with my posts on President Trump. 

    Welcome!!

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    • January 10, 2021, at 7:12 PM PST
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  12. kedavis Member

    It’s a shame you missed Western Chauvinist among others, but welcome.

    P.S. I recorded a lot of silent movies especially from TCM for a now-deceased friend who was very passionate about that form. I still have them all, so if there’s something you haven’t been able to find, let me know. I just may have it.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 7:26 PM PST
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  13. Z in MT Member

    Hi Xeno,

    You will find that a lot of the people on Ricochet are in a similar boat. In careers or locales where you are lonely silent conservative/libertarian in perpetual need of time to heal their tongue from all the biting.

    Z

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    • January 10, 2021, at 7:45 PM PST
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  14. tigerlily Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Welcome to Ricochet. Looking forward to future posts.

    Yes. Indeed. Posts about subjects outside of politics are always welcome here at Ricochet.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 8:06 PM PST
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  15. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Welcome to Ricochet!

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    • January 10, 2021, at 8:44 PM PST
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  16. Xeno Coolidge
    Xeno

    Manny (View Comment):

    Welcome! You caught my attention with Shakespeare. ;)

    I hope I also caught your attention with my choice of title for the post.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 8:51 PM PST
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  17. Xeno Coolidge
    Xeno

    kedavis (View Comment):

    P.S. I recorded a lot of silent movies especially from TCM for a now-deceased friend who was very passionate about that form. I still have them all, so if there’s something you haven’t been able to find, let me know. I just may have it.

    Thank you for the generous offer. I just might find reason to take you up on it.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 8:52 PM PST
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  18. kedavis Member

    Xeno (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    P.S. I recorded a lot of silent movies especially from TCM for a now-deceased friend who was very passionate about that form. I still have them all, so if there’s something you haven’t been able to find, let me know. I just may have it.

    Thank you for the generous offer. I just might find reason to take you up on it.

    Some of them are “shorts” that may not have even appeared on their regular/official schedule, certainly not reliably. One of my friend’s other interests was early Technicolor, especially 2-strip, and I have some of those including the 20-minute short The Flag from 1927.

    Most of what I recorded for him is “indexed” separately, so I could email you that part of the list to peruse. I think it’s too long to fit in a PM here. But PM me your email if you would like to see that part of the list.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 8:55 PM PST
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  19. kedavis Member

    My list for that friend starts at line 7934 in the total index, and ends at line 8954. So that’s a total of 1021. A few are “duplicates” (sometimes I’d record the same movie again if the Robert Osborne intro/outro was different…) but it’s still a lot.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 9:01 PM PST
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  20. James Lileks Contributor

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to the silent movie posts. Let’s fight! Lloyd, Chaplin, Keaton: choose two! Do Arbuckle and Langdon deserve to be up there with the big three? Brooks or Bow? Why don’t we remember Fairbanks’ comedies – was his the Bruce Willis of the day?

    Interested in your thoughts on pre-Hollywood Lang as well; I think Metropolis is the most visually astonishing piece of art to come out of Europe in the 20s.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 9:45 PM PST
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  21. Randy Webster Member

    Xeno: Beyond my nuclear family (i.e. parents and siblings), the circles in which I travel are overwhelmingly left-leaning. As an introverted, lifelong resident of the Boston area employed in the Arts, there is little opportunity to make any connections of a right-of-center persuasion. It is my sincerest wish that this forum will assist in filling that void.

    Welcome.

     You’ve come to the right place.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 9:45 PM PST
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  22. kedavis Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to the silent movie posts. Let’s fight! Lloyd, Chaplin, Keaton: choose two! Do Arbuckle and Langdon deserve to be up there with the big three? Brooks or Bow? Why don’t we remember Fairbanks’ comedies – was his the Bruce Willis of the day?

    Interested in your thoughts on pre-Hollywood Lang as well; I think Metropolis is the most visually astonishing piece of art to come out of Europe in the 20s.

    Would you like the list too, James? I just sent it to Xeno. I appear to have over 1,000 of them, in digital form. At least from what my friend told me, many of them are not available on DVD and may never be.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 9:51 PM PST
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  23. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to the silent movie posts. Let’s fight! Lloyd, Chaplin, Keaton: choose two! Do Arbuckle and Langdon deserve to be up there with the big three? Brooks or Bow? Why don’t we remember Fairbanks’ comedies – was his the Bruce Willis of the day?

    Interested in your thoughts on pre-Hollywood Lang as well; I think Metropolis is the most visually astonishing piece of art to come out of Europe in the 20s.

    Have you seen the anime Metropolis?

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    • January 10, 2021, at 10:39 PM PST
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  24. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Hey, Xeno, the first thing I thought when I saw your screen name was “Xenophilius Lovegood”.

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    • January 10, 2021, at 11:24 PM PST
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  25. Hartmann von Aue Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to the silent movie posts. Let’s fight! Lloyd, Chaplin, Keaton: choose two! Do Arbuckle and Langdon deserve to be up there with the big three? Brooks or Bow? Why don’t we remember Fairbanks’ comedies – was his the Bruce Willis of the day?

    Interested in your thoughts on pre-Hollywood Lang as well; I think Metropolis is the most visually astonishing piece of art to come out of Europe in the 20s.

    And you would be right. 

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    • January 11, 2021, at 1:00 AM PST
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  26. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Now, Lang’s Nibelungen is just an interesting artifact of its time. It still amuses me that they used a real flamethrower for Fafnir’s breath. 

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    • January 11, 2021, at 1:02 AM PST
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  27. tigerlily Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to the silent movie posts. Let’s fight! Lloyd, Chaplin, Keaton: choose two! Do Arbuckle and Langdon deserve to be up there with the big three? Brooks or Bow? Why don’t we remember Fairbanks’ comedies – was his the Bruce Willis of the day?

    The first question is easy – Keaton in a walk.

    Interested in your thoughts on pre-Hollywood Lang as well; I think Metropolis is the most visually astonishing piece of art to come out of Europe in the 20s.

     

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    • January 11, 2021, at 2:35 AM PST
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  28. Henry Castaigne Member

    Have you watched Breaking Bad? Many people compare it to Shakespeare. 

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    • January 11, 2021, at 3:17 AM PST
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  29. Henry Castaigne Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Hey, Xeno, the first thing I thought when I saw your screen name was “Xenophilius Lovegood”.

    Was that Kirk’s green girlfriend?

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    • January 11, 2021, at 3:17 AM PST
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  30. Randy Webster Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Hey, Xeno, the first thing I thought when I saw your screen name was “Xenophilius Lovegood”.

    Hm. The first thing I thought of was Xenophon and A March Upcountry.

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    • January 11, 2021, at 3:34 AM PST
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