Young David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, while in the solitude of the quiet car on an Acela Express returning to New York from the Coronation rite, tries his hand at fashion notes or is it anatomical notes:
The Obamas are so preposterously good-looking, so put together, that you watch them come out of a morning church service and you notice the President of the United States fourth. Whoever thought to give Michelle Obama purple gloves so that they echoed her daughters’ outfits—well, are there prizes for that?
January 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Actress Jodie Foster, midst an elegant rant at the Golden Globe Awards, descants on the hygiene and the Art of Hollywood:
“Well, for all of you ‘SNL’ fans, I’m 50! I’m 50! You know, I need to do that without this dress on, but you know, maybe later at Trader Vic’s, boys and girls. What do you say? I’m 50! You know, I was going to bring my walker tonight but it just didn’t go with the cleavage…. Executives, producers, the directors, my fellow actors out there, we’ve giggled through love scenes, we’ve punched and cried and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another—and those are just the co-stars I liked.”
January 13, 2013
Another of Joseph Goebbels’ aspirants in the field of American propaganda—though with a nicer smile—Jeffrey Toobin immortalizes Bob Bork:
Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, was an unrepentant reactionary who was on the wrong side of every major legal controversy of the twentieth century. The fifty-eight senators who voted against Bork for confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1987 honored themselves, and the Constitution. In the subsequent quarter-century, Bork devoted himself to proving that his critics were right about him all along. Bork was born in 1927…
December 19, 2012
The Weed Blog.com
Celebratory news about a health food craze sweeping the country and the intellectual uses to which it can be put:
It’s a brand new year, and in the world of marijuana we are going into unchartered territory in Washington State and Colorado. In other states, medical marijuana programs are either up and running or in the works. It seems like almost every other state is talking about either recreational or medical marijuana reform. New products are coming out every day, marijuana is going mainstream, and there appears to be no end in sight. It’s truly an exciting time to be a marijuana consumer/activist/etc…. I have often dreamed of opening a 420 arcade with retro games. There’s just something about smoking a doobie while playing pinball at an establishment that sounds awesome to me, even if I had to bring my own.
January 1, 2013
The stringently apolitical National Father’s Day Council gives its 2013 award for “Father of the Year” to—whom else?—Bill Clinton, presumably for his exemplary work with young interns. Incidentally the stringently apolitical National Father’s Day Council gave its 2007 Father of the Year Award to—whom else?—John Edwards, precisely eight months before candidate Edwards’ little love-child was born:
Former President Bill Clinton will be honored as a “father of the year” by the National Father’s Day Council this coming June, the Council announced Wednesday.
In a press release highlighting Clinton’s philanthropy through the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative—and as the U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti—National Father’s Day Committee chairman Dan Orwig commended the politician and philanthropists for his “profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations.”
January 10, 2013
The columnist Dana Milbank goes into the raptures over a shameless drunk’s appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with an obvious hangover, argumentative and indignant, emotional and unruly, all in all overwrought and ready for retirement:
They blamed her mismanagement for the death of Americans in Benghazi, Libya. They accused her of a cover-up. Some even suggested that she faked an illness to avoid testifying about the attack.
On Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton finally had her chance to respond to critics, and the outgoing secretary of state served up a potent brew of righteous outrage.
She began her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with restraint, and even remorse. She choked up as she described receiving flag-draped caskets at Andrews Air Force Base and hugging relatives of those killed.
But her anger boiled over….
January 24, 2013
The celebrated intellectual Mark Oppenheimer of Yale and the New York Times contemplates taking up the current left-wing health food craze midst his sleeping daughters and boring wife:
I have three daughters, ages six, four, and two, and they are all in bed by eight o’clock at night. My wife, who rises much earlier than I do, retires by 9:30 or ten. I, however, am a night owl, and I find it hard to fall asleep much before midnight. So usually I find myself with about two hours alone in my house, puttering about, wishing I had a better cable-TV package. Late in the day, I don’t have the energy to write, or even to read much. Last night, I ended up watching a 2009 Aziz Ansari stand-up special, streaming on Netflix, while eating a Häagen-Dazs coffee “cup,” one of those cute 3.6–ounce miniatures. Which got me thinking: Why am I not stoned right now?
This was not a new insight; for about the past year, I have been meaning to start smoking pot again.…
January 30, 2013
Someone with the improbable name of Jendresen reaches back to the Republic’s first idealistic actor and links him to the 20 percent of Americans who remain liberal to this day. Who would have thought of it?
John Wilkes Booth “could be the poster child for the tea party,” Erik Jendresen, exec (sic) producer of National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Lincoln,” told shocked TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2013.
Booth was not mad, and his views were, in fact, pretty common when he assassinated Lincoln, Jendresen said Friday.
“This is not the act of somebody who can easily be dismissed as a psychopath, so that it’s easy to understand…. This is a man who believed what still probably 20 percent of this country still believes.”
January 5, 2013
In the intellectual pages of the Nation, the celebrated DJ Spooky, the “hip-hop musician, turntablist, producer, author, professor, philosopher, artist,” and obvious hustler who is a resident artist at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, elaborates on his theory that Antarctica is really a huge ice cube in search of a colossal martini:
As a composer and artist, I’m always searching for ways to open up new paths of looking at the world. For me, art reveals the imagination as an unruly, open text—one that embraces interpretation and revision.
At this complex juncture of the twenty-first century, Antarctica evokes many things as a postmodern reflection of what ails humanity. It’s truly a place of ice.
January 28, 2013
A bewildered community organizer from Chicago’s South Side limps back into office with four million fewer votes than he had in 2008 thanks to his grip on America’s moron vote and is confronted by an obstreperous House of Representatives, fully thirty Republican governors, and a majority of state legislatures, and columnist Joe Klein has visions of a modern Napoleon, on the cartoon page of the last American newsweekly:
We have a new year and, apparently, a new Barack Obama. This year’s model doesn’t mess around. He is tough, resolute, unbending. He forces the Republicans to raise taxes for the first time in 22 years. He says he won’t negotiate with the Republicans over their next manufactures crisis, the debt ceiling. He nominates former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, despite the objections of noisy neoconservatives and the quietly powerful Israel lobby. He seems ready to make aggressive proposals on immigration and gun control.
These are all positive steps.
January 21, 2013