Mark Goldblatt

Mark Goldblatt teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York (MGold57@aol.com). His new novel, Sloth, has just been published by Greenpoint Press.

Desperate Measures for Desperate Times

 

It is a melancholy recognition, with Earth Day upon us again, that the calendar has come full circle since the last, and that the human species has squandered yet another annum in the struggle to save the planet. Our collective thirst for fossil fuels remains unquenched and perhaps unquenchable. Though Americans have tried to lead […]

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Contra Fabrizio: A Paean to My Book…and to the Future of E-Books

 

Many years ago, a sadistic literature professor of mine suggested James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as a book I might want to read over the summer. He based this judgment on the fact that I hadn’t been altogether repelled — as the rest of the class had — by Samuel Beckett’s experimental novel Watt. He saw […]

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Pity-Party Logic

 

Consider the following argument: “Now some folks say we should abolish slavery. But tell that to the little old lady from Savannah who’s too weak to get out of bed in the morning, so she needs her house boy to fetch her breakfast.” Logicians refer to this form of reasoning as argumentum ad misericordiam, defined […]

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Haiti and Political Hay

 

Two quick thoughts on progressive politics and the tragic situation in Haiti: 1) The usual suspects on the left have pounced on remarks by Rush Limbaugh, accusing him of telling listeners not to donate to Haitian relief efforts. In point of fact, if you listen to what he said in context he was making two […]

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Michael Vick for the EPA?

 

According to Robert and Brenda Vale, the environmentalist authors of Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, feeding and caring for your pet pooch does as much harm to the planet as owning and operating an SUV. Growing the food necessary to feed a medium-sized dog creates roughly the same carbon […]

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Who Is College Material?

 

Several years ago, I discovered a curious phenomenon among the diverse freshmen in the developmental English classes I teach. These are students who fail the placement exam and are forced to take a reading and writing refresher course before moving on to basic composition. In one of their grammar exercises, the name Charles Lindbergh appears. […]

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Hip Hop’s Intellectual Strikes Again

 

The latest controversy in the entertainment world comes from Sunday night’s MTV Music Awards show. Country singer Taylor Swift had just won the trophy for Best Female Video for her song “You Belong with Me,” edging out (among others) Beyoncé, and was giving her acceptance speech when rapper Kanye West jumped onto the stage, snatched […]

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The Troubling Psychology of Health Care

 

Among the more intriguing, and disturbing, questions swirling around the prospect of government-run universal health care is how the final version of the plan will deal with mental health services. While a senator, President Obama co-sponsored the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007. “Parity,” he has claimed, “means that we don’t allow group health plans […]

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Come Again, Ma’am?

 

Brief sidelight on the recent dustup between Harry Alford, President  and CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in which Boxer countered Alford’s skepticism about proposed environmental legislation not with a direct rebuttal of his data but by citing opinions to the contrary by the NAACP and by John Grant, […]

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The Jackson Trajectory

 

After a week of rolling my eyes at the grotesque verbal pieta constructed around Michael Jackson’s death — with the media casting itself as Virgin Mary, cradling the fallen King of Pop down to the earth — and then, despite myself, watching the entire glitz and glam, toe-tapping memorial service on Tuesday, capped by the […]

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