|The Homepage of Keenan Powell
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Hi. My name is Keenan Powell. This is my personal web site, yada,
Iím a Chicagoan by birth, by inclination, still. Iím residing in Owensboro,
Ky., but I still consider Chicago "Home," with a capital "H." You can take
the kid out of the smog, but youíll never quite get the smog out of the
kid. I donít expect non-Chicagoans to understand that, theyíre not from
there. I was able to return home a short while ago. Someone mentioned
new Comisky Park and I made a comment about how they should have
named it after someone else. (Understand: Charlie Comisky and his
penny pinching did more than the gamblers did to cause the "Black Sox"
scandal.) The way the comment came out was "Bah, dey shouída named
dit aftaí someone else." I hadnít been back in the city for ten minutes and I
started sounding like the "souísider" I guess I am at heart.
From this main page, you can reach other portions of my site via the
menu on the left.
Shame on you!
You didn't trust
As for me, I'm not that interesting of a person, I don't think. My main
interests are writing, reading, films, music and, of course, computers and
the web designing.
I like reading mostly history, pop culture, some fiction (A note to
prospective correspondents: There is a severe lack of John Gresham,
Steven King, Tom Clancy et al from my reading list and I intend to keep it
like that!), sci-fi/fantasy. My favorite authors are people like Kurt
Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allen Poe, E. T. A. Kaufman, T. S. Elliot,
Robert Frost and more.
I like most kinds of films. Classic horror films have always been a
favorite of mine. I still hear an occasional comment from my parents
about how I use to stay up on Friday & Saturday nights to watch
Svenghoulie and Creature Features on TV (on WGN, Channel 9, if you're interested).
But films appeal to me. All types, almost all types. I'm not the biggest
fan of westerns/action films. They bore me. There are a few exceptions,
even I like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (Is that the right last
name? I don't remember) and I like True Lies. I even like silent movies.
As far as any of us can tell, anymore, I was first exposed to silent films at
the Museum of Science and Industry, whom I thank for inspiring that
and several other interests over the years.
I like jazz, down and dirty blues (aka "Chicago blues" or "Urban blues"),
rhythm and blues ("Memphis blues", "Soul", etc.). As I type this, I'm
listening to a John Lee Hooker collection, again. I couldn't tell you how
many times I've listened to this collection and I plan on listening to it
some more. I dearly adore John, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Arthur
Crudup (sp?), Robert Johnson, Etta James, Mama Thorton, Leadbelly,
Susan Tedeschi among many, many more.
I like all kinds of jazz, from the Dixieland of the early days to
contemporary jazz, but I suppose I'm partial to the bebop of people like
Bird Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and the cool style of people like Miles
Davis and Dave Brubeck. And there ain't a vocalist that could ever top
I'm still partial to the rock I grew up with ("Come on over to the place
where I work . . ." See if you can figure out what and who I'm listening to
now) like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon (with/without Garfunkle),
the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, among others. But I also like Joan
Osbourn and the wonderful, sexy Sheryl Crow.
People say that I have an unusual outlook on life. I probably do.
Everybody keeps telling me how much America has changed since 9/11,
but I don't see it. I still see Americans as thinking we are the center of
the universe. Even though we didn't deserve what happened on that
day, we still don't realize how much our attitudes, our policies, caused
9/11 to happen.
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I don't think America is the worst country in the world. I honestly do
love my country. But I don't think she's quite lived up to her own
promises, her potential. Somewhere along the way, we lost our way. But, I guess, like Paul Simon said,
"You can't be forever blessed."
We put more emphasis on a piece of cloth than we place on the rights
and freedoms that piece of cloth is suppose to represent. No one, I
repeat, no one has ever died for our flag. They died defending the rights
and freedoms that the flag represents. But we would rather destroy those
rights and freedoms the flag represents in order to protect the symbol?
To me, that is more dangerous and far more unpatriotic than any one
who would burn the flag.
Well, that's all for now. Hopefully, sometime in the future, I will set up a
literature site that will include some of my own writings.
For now, though, if you care to write me, write care of
email@example.com, or simply click on Thing wherever you see him
do his thing.