Defining Cool: A Celebration of Art, Artists, Artistry

Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel

Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel

Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon

Like a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face

And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space

Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind.


By SJWNY, a Trail Mix Contributor

The Thomas Crown Affair was filmed in ’68

Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway were sexy, young & great

When cool was cool they defined it to the max

Robbery’s a crime but the heist’s a game, relax

When love intrudes on lust can law win out, you see

Man flies away & leaves lover in the cemetery

Bring the money & join him -or keep the car & weep.


When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware

That the autumn leaves were turning to the color of her hair

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel

Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel

As the images unwind, like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind.


Creativity & artwork enhance life. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) is a sexy, creative, adult film. Celebrate the good, expand your horizons.

Thank You, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman.

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72 thoughts on “Defining Cool: A Celebration of Art, Artists, Artistry”

  1. sjwny, thank you.  one of my favorites.  it’s fascinating like a musical Chinese jade puzzle ball…. worlds carved within worlds.

  2. oh, how I hope this backfires on the gopers…. there are more of them wanting the I-word than not if they see they can still hold on to the senate.  gop establishment would be more comfortable with pence

    excerpt from  ny times: Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms

    What began last year as blaring political hyperbole on the right — the stuff of bold-lettered direct mail fund-raising pitches from little-known groups warning of a looming American “coup” — is now steadily drifting into the main currents of the 2018 message for Republicans.
    The appeals have become a surefire way for candidates to raise small contributions from grass-roots conservatives who are devoted to Mr. Trump, veteran Republican fund-raisers say. But party strategists also believe that floating the possibility of impeachment can also act as a sort of scared-straight motivational tool for turnout. Last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas used his re-election kickoff rally to introduce a video featuring a faux news anchor reading would-be headlines were conservatives not to vote in November.
    “Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced the impeachment trial of President Trump,” one of the anchors says.


  3. Like a tessaract; the geometrical shape, not in the book about time travel.  Looking at it and trying to unravel it will warp the brain.

    Didn’t realize the Pierce Brosnan movie was a remake.

  4. Sigh.  Saw it as a first run in the theater.  Same for 2001, Bonnie and Clyde, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  One I like, although filmed a couple years earlier, that is not often talked about is the Ipcress File.  All the cool boys were Harry Palmer for a while.

  5. One of my favorite films and one of those that never should have been remade.  You don’t mess with perfect.  Now I’m going to mess with perfect, because the original French is so beautiful and Michel Legrand is a genius for this beautiful song and my other “Go To” French movie in the original:  The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    Windmills of my Heart

    Like a pebble that one tosses in a living, swirling stream
    And the thousand circles spreading on the water as it flows
    Like the starry horses spinning on the moon’s merry-go-round
    Like the flattened rings of Saturn, or a carnival balloon
    Like the circle path that’s followed by the hours without end
    Like the journey ’round the world of a sunflower in bloom
    You set spinning by your name all the windmills of my heart

    Like a skein of yarn unraveled by the small hands of a child
    Or the words to an old favorite on the soft harps of the wind
    Like the snow caught in a whirlwind, like the seagulls’ wheeling flight
    Over Norway’s towering pine trees, over white-capped ocean waves
    Like the circle path that’s followed by the hours without end
    Like the journey ’round the world of a sunflower in bloom
    You set spinning by your name all the windmills of my heart

    God remembers what you told me by the flowing stream that day
    But the summer has an ending, young birds fall from out their nest
    And already, see! our footprints growing fainter in the sand
    I’m alone now at the table which my fingers set to sound
    Like a tambourine that cries beneath the drops of falling rain
    Like the songs which pass away upon having been forgot
    And the early Autumn leaves, encountering skies of lesser blue
    Are now painted, by your absence, in the colors of your hair

    Like a pebble that one tosses in a living, swirling stream
    And the thousand circles spreading on the water as it flows
    With each changing season’s winds, you set spinning by your name
    All the windmills of my heart


  6. Or if you are in a mood for love, longing and loss:  Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

  7. The original TCA was a few years before I went for that sort of film.  It came out while I was still in high school, and I think I may have seen it first when I was in college.  Nevertheless, a great film.  While I liked the Brosnan/Russo remake, it was not nearly as well done as the original.

    Wonderful weather we’re having – snow (barely) again today.  And by Friday the forecast is for 79 degrees (the second time since February 2).  I’m looking forward to that.

  8. the guardian:

    Fox News accidentally displays graphic showing it is least trusted cable network


    Poll found network trailed last behind CNN and MSNBCs
    Host Howard Kurtz: ‘That is not the graphic we are looking for’

    Fox News has inadvertently posted a graphic showing it trails other cable news networks in trustworthiness.
    During a segment on Sunday on Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz was discussing with the Republican pollster Frank Luntz a Monmouth University poll which asked respondents if the media regularly or occasionally reports fake news.
    The graphic that came up on screen showed results from another question, about what cable news outlets respondents trusted more. Fox News was last at 30%, behind CNN and MSNBC, both regular targets of attacks by President Donald Trump.
    Kurtz, the author of a recent, admiring book about the Trump White House, realized the mistake.
    “That is not the graphic we are looking for,” he said. “Hold off. Take that down, please.”


  9. The Monmouth University Poll also finds that Pres. Trump is trusted less as source of information than three cable news outlets – except if you ask Republicans. Nearly half the American public (48%) trusts CNN more than Trump, compared with one-third (35%) who trust Trump more than CNN and another 13% who trust both equally as a source of information. The results are similar when Trump is pitted against the left-leaning MSNBC – 45% trust MSNBC more, 32% trust Trump more, and 16% trust both equally. The right-leaning Fox News also bests the president as a trusted information source – 30% trust Fox more and 20% trust Trump more, although a plurality of 37% trust both equally.
    The results for the president versus MSNBC have not changed much in the past year (47% trusted MSNBC more, 33% trusted Trump more, 15% trusted both equally in March 2017). The pendulum has swung slightly but not substantially away from Fox News and toward Trump in that matchup (37% trusted Fox News more, 17% trusted Trump more, 36% trusted both equally in March 2017). CNN was not included in the 2017 poll.
    It should come as no surprise that many more Republicans trust the president as an information source than either CNN (12% versus 75% for Trump) or MSNBC (11% versus 72% for Trump). But Republicans are also somewhat more likely to trust Trump (35%) over Fox News (21%), with 40% trusting both GOP-aligned sources equally. In 2017, 29% of Republicans trusted Trump more, 26% trusted Fox more, and 44% trusted both equally, marking a slight gain for the president in the current poll.
    “One bright lining in the whole fake news debate is that major cable news operations are still more trusted than a single officeholder. Unless you are a Republican, in which case Trump’s Twitter feed may be your go-to news source,” said Murray.

  10. Proving once again that goopers have no use for facts and depend on myth and lies to prop of their version of the world

  11. Democrats are turning out in hugh numbers and winning and yet detractors (idiots) are still saying oh woe is me the Dems are suicidal — I wish all those people would fall in a hole and STFU

    The original was best but the remake was pretty good too.

    for McQueen my favorite is Bullit and Dunaway Network

  12. So all along we have been saying why aren’t the goopers -aka grand old preverts standing up to SFB  well now they are  but it won’t save them – they sold out for a tax cut- I hope it is enough to fund their retirement

  13. Mrs Jack and I had an amazing experience Saturday.

    We went to an AileyII performance. AileyII is a touring dance ensemble , they are part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater/ school.

    It started with recently created pieces and finished with a popular piece created by Alvin Ailey and first performed in 1960.

    If AileyII comes to your town go, you will not regret it. BTW the Friday night performance and Saturday night performace were entirely different. With the Friday performance being all new material. Wish now that I had went to both nights

    This is clips from  the first piece they performed Saturday. The camera doesn’t catch it all but gives you a clue

    Then they ended with the Ailey piece that sent us all out happy.

  14. Cool  Corey Booker and Amy Klobuchar

    Not   Michelle Bachman and that shrew from Tennesee

  15. KGC,
    Gen Powell was/is? a cool Republican–he had faith in his NCOs and fixed his own Volvo. In turn, we shared our beer with him.

  16. nbc news:

    Ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch talks about James Comey


    and cnn:  Lynch says Comey didn’t raise objections over handling of Clinton investigation

    Washington (CNN)Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch says former FBI Director James Comey didn’t appear concerned by the decision to call an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s private email server a “matter” rather than an “investigation.”

    Lynch’s comments in an interview with NBC News released Monday are in contrast to congressional testimony Comey gave last June, when he said her handling of the probe gave him a “queasy feeling.”
    Lynch said that her meeting with Comey about the probe “was a meeting like any other we had where we talked about the issues. We had a full and open discussion about it.”
    “Concerns were not raised,” she added.
    Last year, after being fired by President Donald Trump, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said that Lynch, an appointee of Democratic former President Barack Obama, directed him to not call the probe into Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state an “investigation.”

    “At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,” he said, adding that it gave him a “queasy feeling.”
    Lynch told NBC her first response to the testimony was: “What is the issue here?”
    “This was a very sensitive investigation, as everyone knew. And the issue when he and I sat down at that time, which I think was early in the fall of 2015, was whether or not we were ready as a department to confirm an investigation going on,” Lynch said. “We typically do not confirm or deny investigations into anything, with rare exceptions.”


  17. according to wiki:

    Coolness is an aesthetic of attitude, behavior, comportment, appearance and style which is generally admired. Because of the varied and changing connotations of cool, as well as its subjective nature, the word has no single meaning. It has associations of composure and self-control (cf. the OED definition) and often is used as an expression of admiration or approval. Although commonly regarded as slang, it is widely used among disparate social groups and has endured in usage for generations.

  18. KGC – back in the day, Bill had something about him that was very attracting.  He was not so handsome, but had something.  Hillary was the woman fighting for recognition in the 60’s (my wife was too), but the last time I was near HRC, in 2007, she had nothing external that was defining.  2008 I changed from HRC to Obama.  In 2016 I liked her because she was competent and better than anybody the greedy old perverts were throwing against the wall, especially SFB.  I still like her for what she has accomplished.

  19. Unfortunately lying, for me, takes people out of the cool category and he did in the course of his duty as a public official

  20. w’jack – I saw them when I was in college. Student tickets were only $5 and I had to scramble to come up with that much.  It was soooo worth it.  They performed a piece called, “The River.”    I love dance!

  21. BB

    I agree about Hillary.  I supported her is 2008 and in 2016.  In hindsight she should have stayed in the senate and later had Obamarma appoint her to the supreme court

  22. Not cool: Tony Robbins’ take on how women are “using” the  #METOO movement, and, sharing an anecdote about an accomplished, attractive woman being passed over for a job because some bonehead didn’t feel safe hiring her.  Why?  Because the guy didn’t trust himself not to harrass her?  Because he thought she would lie about him and she was beautiful, so folks would never believe he hadn’t tried anything?   Dumbass.

  23. Department Of Homeland Security Wants To Keep List Of Journalists’ ‘Sentiment.’ THIS IS FINE!Read more at
    how did we miss this?  and what are they up to now?

    Bloomberg on Friday:

    Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.”
    It’s seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify “any and all” coverage related to the agency or a particular event, according to a request for information released April 3.
    The data to be collected includes a publication’s “sentiment” as well as geographical spread, top posters, languages, momentum, and circulation. No value for the contract was disclosed.
    “Services shall provide media comparison tools, design and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top media influencers,” according to the statement. DHS agencies have “a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach federal, state, local, tribal, and private partners,” it said.

  24. Many moons ago when I was on the board of the Fresno Lively Arts FDN we brought Ailey to town as our annual fundraiser.  Revelation is of course his master work and the modern group has carried on the tradition with new works.  They are one of those groups that you should see live at least once in a lifetime if possible.  Judith Jamieson took over the company and it has now passed on to Robert Battle.  It was Jamieson who was the original dancer for “Cry”.  The whole four part is on You Tube with one of the newer troupe dancers.


  25. Mr Flatus, I doubt that Gen Powell is still a republican. Between his experiences with cheney and Rumsfeld on the one hand, and the rudeness, crude racism, and crookedness of trump I’ll bet that the People’s General has written off the anti-people party.

  26. Really — that’s all anyone can think of as cool for Republicans is Colin Powell?

    I am not surprised

  27. Sounds like trumpty dumpty’s lawyer needs a lawyer.

    SFB….  making jobs for lots of lawyers…

  28. Cohen raided.  Hehe.  I am waiting for the tweet storm from SFB.  Also attempts to fire Mueller.  Right now I am betting that Cohen has been found to be breaking the laws of the U.S.  Also, I am waiting for the state of New York to step in and get it’s lick’s in too.

  29. My hunch: Cohen used Russian money for slush fund to pay off women accusers, allows Trump to deny knowledge of individual payments, sources.

  30. BillKristol on CNN: “This is war. You don’t search the president’s personal lawyer’s office unless you think you’re close to the end of this.”

  31. I hope somebody is keeping an eye on that DC-4 Trump has parked at a rest stop in Jersey.

  32. Craig – something I find interesting is how many strict “conservative” republicans are now either independent or RINO because they are against SFB.  And, speak out against him.  Joe Scarborough as one of the more interesting, you have to wonder how much Mika has in his conversion to being an I.  Bill Kristol is another, but he still has far right out bursts.  They and others are not drinking the Kool-Aide ™ for some reason, and I am always skeptical.  But, it is possible they have seen the failure of the rnc and are now considering what that group is doing to the U.S.

  33. Bink – that is what many are watching for.  However hard the cornered animal bites, it is cornered and will be brought down.

    I am still waiting for SFB to attack.  Maybe someone has tied him down and is yelling in his ear that he is on thin ice, very thin ice.  Maybe he will want to strike, but is forced to understand if he does the remainder of his life is in a small cell in Florence, Colorado.

  34. Mueller handed off Cohen investigation to NY office. More officials Trump would have to fire to shut this down.

  35. Mick Mulvaney is another swamp creature.  Drain it, already!

    I hope Congress will do something about all of the excessive, govt salaries being doled out.

    Can we retrieve any of it by garnishing part of future payments? Can we get that fat, TX weasel to repay money he used in a settlement? Where is the freaking oversight?

  36. Wow.  It was multiple search warrants.  That is not a good thing if you are sitting in the room holding the gun which killed the owner of the apartment.  In this case we have not a gun or a body in the study to work on.  The FBI and and others have information about bad things going on in the with Cohen.  Lots of bad things. Payments to all sorts of ne’er-do-well types involved with what maybe a criminal (think mob) organization.

  37. Rosenstein authorizing search of Trump lawyer Cohen means POTUS firing him would further prove obstruction of justice. Sessions chuckling.

  38. “Flash!! Mrs Pence caught measuring drapes!“

    Mr. Pence spotted browsing at Electroshock, Bath, & Beyond

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