In this era of social media, it seems everything needs to be celebrated: Margaritas! Siblings! Onion rings! Masturbation! Talking like pirates! Yes, today, virtually anything that prompts a thinkpiece, a hot take, or a viral tweet is up for grabs.
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“Technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change. It is growth, then decay, then transformation.”
These are words uttered by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the pilot of Breaking Bad, a series which sees his character transform from a wholesome high school chemistry teacher and family man to a ruthless drug dealer, serial killer and eventually fugitive on the run.
In the now-infamous climactic scene from the HBO documentary series The Jinx, the alleged triple murderer and confirmed creep Robert Durst mutters into a still-live mic that he “Killed them all, of course.” That line has justifiably received a lot of attention and will no doubt receive more when he eventually stands trial for the murder of his friend and apparent confidante, Susan Berman.
I’m both a proud Irish American and a student of history. As a consequence, every March I find myself torn between a desire to carouse on St. Patrick’s Day or to raise awareness about the messages we send in the very act of carousing.
That is, if I celebrate on St. Pat’s, will I be promoting Irish stereotypes? Will I be a “Plastic Paddy”, too?
Looming mournfully over the mismatched medieval roofs of Prague is a red metronome. Some think of the metronome as the slow tick of growing democracy in the Czech Republic, as it was erected in 1991 after the fall of communism over the ruins of a giant monument of Stalin. Ironically, the metronome often lies still, as if the weight of Prague’s history has given it too much baggage to continue the heartbeat. This is a source of constant amusement to the pessimistic Czechs. The story of the red metronome in Prague is the building of a new future that can’t possibly escape the old.