Friday, January 22, 2010

Lenny Bruce and The Meaning of Obscenity

New World Notes News
Vol. 3, No. 4 -- January 23, 2010

This Week in New World Notes, radio program #99, Jan. 26:

Lenny Bruce and
The Meaning of Obscenity

Pink-collar summary

"I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce,"
-- Paul Simon, "A Simple, Desultory Philippic"

"This show is all about Lenny Bruce. Well, not just about Lenny. It's also about obscenity, American-style. Dirty words, oral sex, and the fatal stabbing of two women--one in Brentwood, one in the Bates Motel. All of the above, and Lenny Bruce too, are intricately connected."

Featuring a handful of Lenny's greatest routines, recorded 1963-64. (Sorry: no room this week for "Christ and Moses." Soon, though!)


Owing to technical difficulties--that's bureaucracy-speak for "I screwed up"--station WWUH in West Hartford, CT, was unable to air NWN #98 ("Cheap Junk and the Deindustrialization of America") last week. They did have #100, "Merchants of Fear," on hand and so played that. Next week, when the rest of the world is enjoying "Merchants of Fear," people in central Connecticut can settle for "Cheap Junk." Sorry 'bout that!

This week's songs

  • Incidental music: The Trashmen, Surfin' Bird
  • Outro: Supertramp, Goodbye, Stranger

Coming Soon

  • February 2 on WWUH -- Cheap Junk and The Deindustrialization of America -- Welcome to the Third World! (Hope you had your shots!)
  • February 2 elsewhere -- Merchants of Fear

Nicole Brown Simpson, June 12, 1994. Click to enlarge.

What makes the photo especially sad, to me, is the riot of
green plants, blooming away in mindless vitality, quite unaware
of the dead woman at the bottom of the stairs. "Where the dogs
go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse / Scratches
its innocent behind on a tree" (Auden,
Musee des Beaux Arts).
I hope somebody is watering them.

Notes & Credits

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