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The Beat Generation is a culture, lifestyle, and poetry style emerging during the 1950s in America. If you are ready for a challenge of abstract grammar, vocabulary, and imagery, you can engulf your mind with the poetry of the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burrows. If you are intermediate English, listening to beat generation poems being performed in their traditional way can help your listening just because they are a blast of words. You can challenge yourself to understand what you can, maybe just small pieces here and there.

What do I recommend? Turn off the lights, turn it on, just listen. And, don’t blame me if you have English nightmares!

Here’s a video of Allen Ginsberg reading his famous poem “Howl”.
Here is the words to the poem : http://tinyurl.com/yzac34s

If you are interested in the recent news from North Korea, you should watch this documentary. It’s stunning! This video below is only part 1. You have to watch all six to hear the true story. A website online called it a “romcom” (romance comedy). Hah. Not exactly.

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It’s from today’s article:

http://www.howcast.com/

I think this website is a good one for practicing your English. It can teach you all kinda of cool things. Pick your favorite category and go.

Here is a sample:

Learn some beer tasting!

http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/node/939

http://www.beerappreciation.com/HowtoBeerTasting.pdf

If you are interested in financial, and economic language you can try listening to the same internet radio show that I listen to.  DH Unplugged is a great show involving a market analyst and a money manager who discuss the weekly trends in the economy, as well as political and future trends.  The hosts do a good job to teach, as well as inform and even joke around a bit.  It might be tough listening, but if you have the chops it’s a good choice to improve your listening increase your economic vocabulary.

http://www.dhunplugged.com/category/podcasts/

The Dali Lama walks into the pizza shop and asks the shopkeeper, “can you make me one with everything”?

Why is this funny? Simple… Well not so simple. It has a double meaning.

1) make me “one” (a pizza) with ALL the toppings.

2) make me together one piece with the whole universe. One goal of mediation is to feel that yourself and he universe is one entity. (if you are still confused, look up the adjective “one”).

Here is the video with the the guy who had the gall to ask the Dali Lama the joke. His holiness doesn’t get it.

Black swan is easily my favorite movie of 2011, and in all respects, what I think a good movie should be. There were minimal, but haunting special effects, the dialogue was minimal, but realistic and well delivered, and finally the set designs were fluent and powerful in a marble chess board sort of way. A new emotion was created in each of the few setting of the script. Finally, the movie was well under 2 hours.

Black Swan is clearly of the art film genre, with a touch of horror. The small, but neatly twisted ending left me wondering if it was a happy, or sad retreat. Walking away from a movie a tad confused and with some memorable scenes still running their way through my subconscious is what I get off on, so the slight staggers in the plot flow create good but quickly resolved suspense. Appropriate for the movie goer with a life to get back to. If you know how picky I am about films then you know that me giving this an “epic” rating is the highest compliment. Best thing since Shutter Island!

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