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This installment includes Henry's thoughts on komodo dragons, Deerhoof and orange republicans, plus the awesomely annotated playlist for his KCRW BROADCAST #96 originally aired Saturday 1-08-11. For more details please visit KCRW.com and HenryRollins.com]
What a week, first one of the year. I am happy the downtime is behind me and relieved to be back at it. Even though I spent the entirety of the holiday up against a deadline for a book, I am still glad 2011 is here and I am moving ahead.
I spent a night and a day the Television Critics Association press marathon on behalf of National Geographic earlier this week. As some of you know, I have been doing documentary work with Nat. Geo. for a little while.
I was there Tuesday and Wednesday for press and panel discussions about a documentary we did called The Snake Underworld that comes out in April. It is part of a multi-night snake special on the Nat. Geo. Wild Channel that month. Other shows on the bill are episodes of Dangerous Encounters with Dr. Brady Barr and Python Hunters with Shawn Heflick.
I spent a few hours with Brady and Shawn. Their stories are incredible. They have been all over the world hunting for reptiles. Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, crocs, anacondas, pythons, mambas. The two of them were basically talking shop but for me, it was adventure stories, one after another. Their recounts of elephants, komodo dragons and hippos blew my mind.
The National Geographic world is fascinating.
On Tuesday night after the run through for Wednesday, I talked to retired astronaut Jerry Linenger for quite awhile. I don't think I have ever spoken to an astronaut before. Well, Lemmy was in Hawkwind but this guy was in NASA.
The guy was living in space for months on end. The descriptions of his feelings of being so distant from Earth, literally, made me have to re-think my definition of existentialism. He said he could watch wind patterns go across Earth, taking dust from one continent to another.
The idea of looking out your window and being able to see Earth, I still can't get my head around that. To be gone from the planet, that's really far away from home. Days later, I still can't get the vast expanse of that idea out of my head.
Also at the event was Terry Anderson, the subject of a new Nat. Geo Explorer special called American Hostage. Mr. Anderson was abducted in Lebanon in March of 1985 by Hezbollah and was freed after six years and nine months. I watched American Hostage a few nights ago, it was intense. I talked with him for a short time, very cool guy.
It was a very interesting group to say the least. I am looking forward to my next project with National Geographic, whatever it turns out to be.
The Tan Man cometh. And now ladies and gentlemen, it's star time! John Boehner is Weeper of the House. His tendency to cry publicly needs to be examined. What a strange, orange tinted man he is. He should be getting up to full speed next week. I will wait until the next teardrop falls. Since there's nothing I can do about the sound of one man crying for the next several months, I guess I will just have to settle in for a prolonged engagement of As The Orange Peels.
The new House, is apparently very big on the Constitution. Well, that's at least one thing we have in common. I can't wait to hear Michele Bachmann pull out an Article or an Amendment, expound upon it and illuminate us all. No really, I am giddy with anticipation for all that good learnin' I'll be able to do from her teaching. Her funhouse mirror take on the Tenth is going to be great to reflect upon. I highly doubt she'll be able to cool my great affection for the Fourteenth, no matter how much contempt she shows for it but I am looking forward to her psychobitchanalysis with baited breath.
My time spent with the Nat. Geo. crew, journalists and critics was light relief to the drudgery of editing that I returned to once my press duties were over. Until it's done, I am a man tied to a desk in edit mode.
One bright ray as always is my one hundred and twenty minutes of fun on 89.9 FM KCRW every Saturday evening. You might want to take a minute to check out the notes for last weekend's show because we had an exclusive that some of you might find very much to your liking.
Until next week, I hail you.
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