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January 17, 2004


Dear Friedrich --

* Sean Hackbarth's reaction to the plan for a WTC memorial couldn't be briefer or more to the point, here.

* SYAffolee (here) pointed this out: a be-Flash'd essay/demo about fashion photography by Karen Lehrman for Slate, here. I think I like the form Lehrman's piece takes better than her fuddy-duddyish points. It's certainly a promising way of discussing the visual world. Brian Micklethwait comments here.

* The filmmaker Robert Benton tells the Telegraph why he likes Sam Peckinpah's "Ride the High Country," here.

* Despite having visited Canada many times, I've never been able to puzzle out Canadian politics. Colby Cosh's posting here got me started.

* I forget who pointed out this charmingly bizarre Japanese Flash whatjamajig, here. Thanks!

* I've been remiss in not highlighting, here, where Franklin Einspruch discusses art in an informed and up-to-the-minute way, and where he shows off his own classy paintings. A few are fresh out of the oven today.

* The times are certainly changing. Here's a USA Today editorial by Yale's Sally Shaywitz arguing that schools, especially grammar schools, may be biased against boys.

* James Russell has some tough talk for Britney Spears, here.

* Fun with IMDB: Joe ("Basic Instinct") Eszterhas has earned $20 million from his sold-but-as-yet-unproduced screenplays alone, here. Scroll about halfway down and find out how much he's made from the produced scripts.

* Greg Ransom figures out his family's share of the national debt, here, and points out that, according to the WSJournal, "Republicans had a 28-point lead over Democrats as party best able to 'control government spending' in 1996. Now, their lead is just 2 points."

* Tim Hulsey loves George Axelrod's flakily brilliant SoCal comedy "Lord Love a Duck," here. The Wife is a SoCal native, and it's one of her favorite movies too.

* Our Girl in Chicago and Terry Teachout are comparing notes about movies and words, as well as movies about words, here and here.

* I followed up on a referral and discovered this good Bill Brown posting about dads, parents, daughters, clothing styles and sexiness, here.

* People who are fond of Arts and Crafts, bungalow-style houses should enjoy the well-done magazine American Bungalow, whose website (here) is a generous one.

* Can writing be taught? Alan Sullivan has some sensible thoughts, here. "Few adults need to write creatively; but many need to write competently," he points out.

* I enjoyed browsing through this comics encyclopedia, here. What a resource: 4500 artists from many different countries, with biographies and art samples.

* John Derbyshire thinks that too much has been made of Lenny Bruce, here. Fab passage: "Bruce was one of those annoying people who do not see the point of the kind of mild, harmless hypocrisy that allows us to get through life without having to think about unpleasant things too much."

* Evo-bio types won't want to miss Godless Capitalist's essential reading list, here. Oops: I've got some catching up to do.

* Wise words from Philip Murphy about the kinds of people who volunteer to work for political campaigns, here.

* David Sucher's terrific book "City Comforts" (buyable here) continues to garner raves, here.

* The Stumbling Tongue has returned to bloglife. Alexis finds book-reading more valuable than blog-reading, here, then cooks some sausages and learns some valuable (and hilarious) life lessons, here.

* Dept. of Don't Say We Didn't Tell You So: Mireya Navarro reports for the NYTimes that some black people have been less than thrilled to learn that -- thanks to liberal immigration policies and lax enforcement -- they've now been outnumbered by Latinos, here. She writes: "The Web site for Black Entertainment Television put the question bluntly: 'Does it bother you that Hispanics now outnumber African-Americans in the U.S.?' The response has been torrential." Interesting to note that all the participants, both from left and right, in this startling symposium here agree that another consequence of dramatic demographic change is likely to be an increase in white nationalism.

* Alice Bachini points out that not all fundamentalisms are religious ones, here.

* Sasha Castel is in New Zealand, and posts a guide/review of the Auckland Art Gallery, here. Her posting has observations, discoveries, opinion and pix -- what a great way to discuss art. Sasha, as you'd expect, makes a first-class museum-going partner.

* Steve Sailer's not just a political pundit, he's also a movie reviewer. He talks here with Bernard Chapin about how he approaches moviegoing and moviechat.

* Jim Kalb wonders how far it makes sense to take pluralism as a guiding principle, here.



posted by Michael at January 17, 2004


"In the very long run, it's possible that the main political divisions of the future will be outgrowths of the current intra-Right disputes. One main breakdown could be between those who want to hammer the rest of the world into being just like America and those who fear that trying to do that will only end up making America just like the rest of the world."

This is from Steve Sailer's interview, and I think it's about as succinct a summary for current political conflicts as I've seen!

Posted by: annette on January 17, 2004 07:28 PM

I think 'wonders' is a pretty understated way of describing the Kalb piece. Of course I say this having just fisked it.

Posted by: Nicholas Liu on January 17, 2004 07:43 PM

George Axelrod claimed that the SoCal setting of "Lord Love a Duck" was incidental; it could take place in any town, but happens to take place there. I don't see how the story could take place anywhere else, though.

And does it disturb anyone to find that Roddy McDowall used to be kind of sexy? Well, maybe it's just me.

Hey, hey, HEY! ...

Posted by: Tim Hulsey on January 18, 2004 06:00 AM


1. You describe Tuesday Weld's character as "Monroe without the heart." Now Sugar Kane in "Some Like It Hot" had a heart. I assume you mean Monroe's characters. From what I've read about her, the real-life Ms. Monroe was too needy and messed up to have time for a heart!

2. Where does "the Duck" come in?

3. Your description sounds like Axelrod got to Mike Nichols turf ahead of him---alienation and traditional roles stood on their heads all around---a few years ahead of "Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate."

Posted by: annette on January 18, 2004 06:12 AM

It's actually "Hackbarth," but thanks for the link.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth on January 18, 2004 05:29 PM

I assume you mean Monroe's characters.

More like her cinematic persona, which varied relatively little from film to film. The real Norma Jean Baker, alas, no longer exists.

Your description sounds like Axelrod got to Mike Nichols turf ahead of him---alienation and traditional roles stood on their heads all around---a few years ahead of "Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate."

Yes, but I think Axelrod was a lot nastier about it. I can't imagine the relatively congenial Nichols saying that "the planet Earth is the insane asylum of the galaxy, and your hometown is probably one of the violent wards."

Where does "the Duck" come in?

I have no idea.

Posted by: Tim Hulsey on January 18, 2004 07:05 PM

Oops, sorry Sean: corrected.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on January 18, 2004 11:30 PM

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