« October 2004 | Main | December 2004 »

Tommy Ramone & Hungary's U.S. Ambassador Punk Out for Peace

Tommy Ramone (right) howling with
Rolling Stone writer Chuck Young
at Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC

Tommy Ramone, the sole surving member of the seminal punk band The Ramones, was born Tamás Erdély in Budapest and left at age seven in 1956 to live in Queens. Who knew? In some bizarre home-coming ritual, he appeared last week at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he, the Hungarian Ambassador and wannabe rocker András Simonyi, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow, and Rolling Stone writer Chuck Young, cranked out tribute versions of "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat" and "Let's Dance" in some friendship ritual from planet Zorg. Details, photos, video and sound clips variously on Bruner Blog, Pestiside, Index.hu, the Hungarian Embassy's site and NPR.

Rick E. Bruner | East Euro Current News | Nov 22, 2004 | Comments (2)

Woodard's New Book: Lobster Coast


Congrats to Colin Woodard on the publication of his latest book, Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (details on ColinWoodard.com and Amazon). As blogger, I can't be bothered to fact check, of course (a sad little joke; Colin is something of a blog cynic in my experience), but I gather from scanning the itinerary of his book tour that it was actually published a few months ago. Sorry I'm late. If I may permit myself such an unsupportable opinion, if it's half as good as his first book, Ocean's End, it should be highly recommended reading. Would make a great stocking stuffer.

Rick E. Bruner | Gen Expat Life Updates | Nov 21, 2004 | Comments (0)

Rimmer writes...

Just came across a year-old email from Bruner inviting me to join this enterprise and, better late than never, decided to follow the link this far.

I'm theoretically living back in Berlin these days, but I haven't been there much recently. I just finished making a documentary that will be broadcast on UK Channel 4 on 29 November. It's called "2 Tone Britain" and it's a sort of essay about music and multiculturalism, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Specials and their 2 Tone record label. So that's kept me in London for a while. Next project is probably going to be the Time Out Marrakech Guide. I'm a bit fed up with doing these Time Out books, and this is only the second I've done since 2000. (The other was the Berlin guide, earlier this year.) But Morocco has become one of my places, not least because for the last couple of years I've had a girlfriend who lives in Casablanca, and I welcome any excuse to spend a bit of time there.

The only other recent project of any lasting significance was a book that came out about a year ago. "New Romantics: The Look", a series of illustrated essays about bygone club culture.

So, that's all my news. Greetings to everyone! If anyone wants or needs to get in touch, I still have the same email I've had for the last ten years, and the same mobile phone number I've had for the last eight years. I may be nomadic, but I'm very easy to get hold of.

Dave Rimmer | People | Nov 18, 2004 | Comments (2)

Sammy in The Nation

Given that I'm married to a left-wing pinko, we get The Nation. Was delighted to see this issue a "Letter from Spain" by none other than "Samuel" Loewenberg. Unfortunately, the story is accessible only to subscribers, and as an old-world journalist, I still have enough respect for copyright not to simply reproduce it here. The piece is about dramatic liberalization policies the new Socialist government is proposing along the lines of improved status and protection for women and pending moves to legalize gay marriage and abortion (I'll believe it when I see it; he cites an unsourced stat that 60% of Spaniards support gay marriage, which seems rather unlikely to me).

Anyway, you can view some of his other contributions to the magazine here.

Rick E. Bruner | Gen Expat Life Updates | Nov 18, 2004 | Comments (2)

Harper's Thoughtfully Provides 'A Reader's Guide to Expatriating on November 3'

To depressed to blog. Thankfully, Harper's provides advice on renouncing one's U.S. citizenship and a Coalition of the Willing of countries where yellow-dog Democrats may feel welcome.

(I bet our friend Bendeguz is quite pleased with himself, confused Hungarian nationalist that he is, believing that Amerika is "the freest and greatest country in the world" and proclaiming "HAJRA BUSH! I hope you cry when he wins in November." Well, Bendeguz, you had the last laugh, after all. But your paprika is full of death mold, so fuck you.)

Rick E. Bruner | Useful Resources | Nov 3, 2004 | Comments (3)