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September 15, 2006

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Alicatte delivers a convincing pan of the new covers on Penguin's Classics Deluxe Editions.

* Derek Lowe suspects that a drug researcher in search of respect probably shouldn't be working on a cure for obesity.

* Science nerd SYAffolee reports that she got as much discouragement about going into science from her female teachers as she did from her male profs.

* La Coquette reveals a few secrets of the Frenchwoman. I blabbed a bit about Frenchwomen here.

* How much sense does it make to import thousands of immigrants who don't even know how to use a doorknob?

* Susan has her misgivings about Michael Joyce's famous hypertext fiction, "Afternoon, A Story."

* David Chute is lovin' "The Wire" but feeling suspicious of its point of view. Quiet Bubble is a fan of the series too.

* She wants attention? She's got attention. Send 'em home happy, girl! (NSFW)

* Matt Mullenix senses that brawny-backed Chicago is going soft on us.

* Did you know that 60-70% of YouTube's traffic comes from MySpace?

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 15, 2006




Comments

I think you should know that you're turning off at least one of your longtime readers with the constant immigrant-bashing.

Posted by: JW on September 15, 2006 12:53 PM



JW -- I'm sorry to hear you're feeling turned off, and I'd hate to lose you as a visitor. Can I point out, though, that I have nothing against immigrants? Like 'em, have immigrant friends, etc. Can't imagine "bashing" them. But I do think that our immigration policies are nuts; I do think that it's a debate that brings up all kinds of interesting other questions; and I do think that the intensity of feeling people have about the subject is 'way underreported in the mainstream press. But if my references to immigration questions bug you, you can always just skip 'em. You won't hurt my feelings!

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 15, 2006 1:41 PM



At the other end of the book-jacket spectrum are the recent collector's editions of P.G. Wodehouse works from Overlook Press. They're sublime--simple, colorful, mesmerizing!

http://www.overlookpress.com/pgw.php

Posted by: beloml on September 15, 2006 2:49 PM



I never could figure out the doorknob thing. But I finally realized that if you turn the doorknob clockwise and the door doesn't open -- turn it counterclockwise! Or vice versa. Same thing with lightswitches. If not up -- down! Surely the Somalis can get their minds around that -- I did!

Posted by: ricpic on September 15, 2006 3:53 PM



*ricpic - except when you're inside unfamiliar bathroom and trying to get to the doorbell (or the phone) ringing outside...and the damn knob doesn't recognize you as a Master Race. And you panic. And start pulling where the obvious method is turning....

Posted by: Tat on September 15, 2006 10:11 PM



Alicatte is entitled to dislike those Penguin covers, and I might even be Inclined to agree in some cases. But the critique should be based on at least a modest amount of knowledge about the offending artists. Most of them are highly regarded alternative comic book creators of the Raw/New Yorker school who were not chosen out of mere perrversity.

The Canadian artists Chester Brown, who did the hated LCL cover (which given my own feelings about DHL is probably better than it desrves), is the creator of one of the most inventive surreal series of the last two decades, Yummy Fur. The homework isn't even hard to do.

PS: Thanks for the plug re. The Wire. I'm also engrossed now in the Argentine policier series Epitafios, which is available from Netflix as a subtitled HBO boxed set.

Posted by: David on September 16, 2006 9:02 PM



Hey--Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Matt Mullenix on September 18, 2006 1:14 PM






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