Sunday, February 25, 2007
- Robert Jay Lifton
Saturday, February 24, 2007
- IN forum post.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
My friend Herbert was rude to his mother last spring, and, some time later, Mt. St. Helens erupted. And three girls I met on the Central Park carrousel were kicked out of school for smoking, and the price of silver dropped by forty thousand rupiah in Indonesia. With these seemingly trivial events from my own life, I illustrate the dramatic principle by which the Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu makes his movies.
From the New Yorker. Long review to come.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Did your town not matter, you thought? Did it not contain real people
living real lives and needing real music? Was indie rock the only zone
in which people would tolerate this slummy shit? Could Les Mis tour with five people wearing Dockers, accompanied by a jambox, and still call the show Les Mis? You thought of the passage from Curtis White's novel Memories of My Father Watching TV,
about what his family would settle for: "They'd eat the most
unbelievable junk…the cheapest margarine you can imagine...it came in
gallon tubs…the manufacturer didn't even have the decency to dye it
yellow. It wasn't something to eat; it was a expression of contempt."
For some reason, you felt as if someone (everyone?) was getting a treat
and being swindled at the same time.
Happy new year everybody. I'm back and blogging and whatnot.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006
Luther King Jr.
Truman (faced the hardest decision of any American, period.)
Einstein (not generally considered an 'American' per se)
Go for your life in the comments
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
That is not to say that the war and its handling are unimpeachable (for what war could be, ever?), but to suggest a step-back to see a bigger picture, one that sees America as trying to help the world — often failing, to be sure, but still trying. Is that not quite a bit better than not trying at all?
One possible answer, from Ken Adelman:
Fearing that worse is still to come, Adelman believes that neoconservatism itself — what he defines as "the idea of a tough foreign policy on behalf of morality, the idea of using our power for moral good in the world"—is dead, at least for a generation. After Iraq, he says, "it's not going to sell."
And if he, too, had his time over, Adelman says, "I would write an article that would be skeptical over whether there would be a performance that would be good enough to implement our policy. The policy can be absolutely right, and noble, beneficial, but if you can't execute it, it's useless, just useless. I guess that's what I would have said: that Bush's arguments are absolutely right, but you know what, you just have to put them in the drawer marked CAN'T DO. And that's very different from LET'S GO."