Wednesday, February 12 2003
The story is interesting in the cultural context the author provides but, ultimately, it fails to satisfy on a deeper level.
As I sit here in a fabulous new pair of striped, sparkly, 1972 polyester pants and a furry-collared shirt with dachshunds racing across the sleeves, I wonder what my shopping habits say about me in the context of these words from cultural critic Thomas Hine's newest book.
It doesn't really matter whether you believe he's a fashion genius or the world's luckiest tie salesman, because anyone who has read the book on Ralph Lauren knows that he's both, in addition to something else: an ice-cold businessman with a heart of steel.
The bottom line is: at this moment in history, a somber one, to say the least, when there are so many serious global and national issues and egregious injustices to be addressed, does the American woman really want to be bitching (yes, bitching) about who does the dishes.
Wednesday, January 22 2003
Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.
Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.
The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate
Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.
He desired nothing more than to be a rock star.
Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.
So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"
Those in urban centers often presume their superiority, their greater stake in humanity and value.
Wednesday, January 15 2003
Elmore Leonard manages to entertain us and make us think.
The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video by Edited by Nina Damino and Micha
the world unfolding inside it is always interesting and sometimes fascinating.
The glory and thrill of this pivotal game against the backdrop of a troubled country.
Hepinstall's writing comes inflated by high praise.
Patricia Cornwell has gone ... silently and irretrievably mad"
From an intellectual property standpoint, creativity is seen more and more as a force of constant innovation.
Precious little has been said about the individuals who drive this industry: the customers.
He's missing a hell of a lot because the water is rushing around him faster than he can drink.
Monday, December 23 2002
I have mixed feelings about Dave Eggers. I stay up at night thinking about it.