"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Weekly Standard editor and frequent Fox News contributor Bill Kristol is tired of what he calls the government shutdown “hysteria.”
“I think there’s a little too much hysteria. We’re going to have a negotiation,” Kristol said on Wednesday morning’s edition of “Morning Joe,” according to MSNBC.
Kristol was immediately challenged by the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, who argued that the shutdown was causing real harm by denying Americans nutritional assistance. “Eighty-five thousand people are losing nutritional assistance in Arkansas; that’s not inside the Beltway, that’s Arkansas,” Stein responded.
“For these people who are affected by these cuts, it is sort of comparable to the end of the world,” Stein went on. “I understand it’s great to wait it out and to negotiate from a better platform with more power and the debt ceiling and all that. But those two weeks while you wait it out are consequential for a whole number of people, not just in the agencies that the Republicans want funded. I think we tend to lose that kind of perspective in these kinds of conversations.”
Kristol granted that “there are genuine human emergencies” related to the shutdown, but insisted “a one or two week shutdown is not going to be the end of the world … even if you’re on nutritional assistance from the federal government.” He went on to claim that “localities” and “churches” can “help out” those especially in need. “I believe no one is going to starve in Arkansas because of the shutdown,” he concluded.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)