In "Mailbag," I made some comments that have resulted in a ton of e-mails. Before more come in, I'm going to put other things on hold and make this the focus of tonight's post.
1) Bob Dylan.
I am not speaking of Bob Dylan. I have never reviewed a Dylan album at The Common Ills, sorry. A lot of you really wanted the male rock god to be Dylan. It's not. Nor is it Mick Jagger. But I will share that Ava and C.I. quote Mick at length (without naming him) in a TV piece they did awhile back. They were on the phone with Mick and just tearing apart a certain performer. (They had him on speaker phone.) It was very funny. C.I.'s known Mick for years. Going back to the days of Bianca (who C.I. knows -- and never say a word against Jade Jagger around C.I., she won't tolerate it).
You need to look at my reviews. If you look at them, you'll figure out quickly who it was. I'll give you one more hint, it's not Neil Young.
2) Does C.I. really tell people to write what they feel?
Yes. Even if it's something she doesn't agree with or wouldn't herself.
If that puzzles you, grasp that she approaches it as art. And in art, you have to be honest.
3) Is Elaine correct?
Yes. C.I. has only said one thing about the piece. And that was Monday morning when we were getting ready to leave and Jim was saying, "Well what did you think?" And C.I. was saying, "I already said I wasn't commenting." Jim wouldn't let it go. Finally, as we were leaving, C.I. looks over at Jim, "C.I." Huh? Jim's confused. "You meant to type 'Ava and C.I." but you typed 'Ava and I'." That's all she's said about it. (And Jim's corrected the typo.)
Elaine's correct. C.I.'s busy with her life. She doesn't have time for the petty natures of others.
Does the petty hurt her? I bet it does on some level. It would hurt me.
But she's not going to say a word. And, like Elaine pointed out, she doesn't have time for it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"