[Ads-l] What does the ugly stick look like?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 2 19:53:00 EDT 2016


Very nice.  Love the boots.

LH

> On Nov 2, 2016, at 7:18 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3Dz-5FSWPeyb1pg&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=vcUTrmD_-xSHkbtrpEp3NH1L5yYP-XRY9OH3tKWAgsc&s=59FLzYEpqRUmfXD8o7llg4qx6StKnpYOZri_G-93sBs&e= 
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> JL
> 
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 10:56 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> 
>> The NYTimes article includes the two elements Jon lists when describing
>> the initiation ceremony, but is silent about the presence of an ugly stick;
>> the ugly stick is only mentioned when describing the musical.
>> 
>> Jon, just how did you wield the ugly stick?
>> 
>> Joel
>> 
>> 
>>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:40 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] What does the ugly stick look like?
>> 
>> I've actually wielded a Newfoundland ugly stick in a "musical" performance
>> which was part of my ritual initiation as an "honorary Newfoundlander" in
>> the town of Trinity.
>> 
>> Other parts of the ritual included kissing a codfish on the lips and
>> downing a dram of the local "screech."
>> 
>> Make your own ugly stick:
>> 
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3DC8Mgzr-2Dkwnw&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=vcUTrmD_-xSHkbtrpEp3NH1L5yYP-XRY9OH3tKWAgsc&s=vJ36KJ5uI82RmA6g4TGpO12Bt41pS1sAB0zf_sEOfmc&e= 
>> 
>> I do not know if this "folk instrument" antedates the 1980s, at least under
>> the current name.
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:53 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
>> 
>>> From "A 9/11 Parable, Staged for Samaritans," by Michael Paulson,
>> NYTimes,
>>> Nov. 1, 2016, Arts, C5/6 [New England Edition], discussing the grand
>> first
>>> performance ever in Gander, Newfoundland, of the musical "Come From
>> Away,"
>>> which is centered on the hospitality shown stranded international
>> airplane
>>> passengers and crew diverted to and grounded there after the attack on
>> the
>>> World Trade Center towers.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> "They [the audience] stomped their feet at the Celtic-inspired folk-rock
>>> [sic!] and cheered the ugly stick, a local instrument fashioned from
>> bottle
>>> caps and a boot attached to an upside-down mop."
>>> 
>>> Unfortunately, the NYT article does not describe how the ugly stick was
>>> employed in the musical.
>>> 
>>> Joel
>>> 
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