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October 21, 2006


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Tyler Cowen lists five economic policies he'd like to see put into effect.

* Lex (and visitors) celebrate J-Pop.

* So this is the way these things work ...

* James Panero is flabbergasted by a dimwitted review of Jacob Collins' brilliant new show.

* How do any teen boys make it through to adulthood? And then, when they do ...

* Coming soon: Laser-lit TVs.

* Al Minns and Leon James demonstrate how the Charleston was danced.

* Social networks are shrinking and men may be suffering most. DadTalk offers some ways guys can increase the number of their male buds. My favorite: "Grill burgers or steaks ... and just wait. Men will smell the smoke and find their way to you." Testosterone says, Smoke is good!

* Kirsten Mortensen muses beguilingly about why so many people want to write.

* Bill Kauffman celebrates the Western novelist Elmer Kelton.

* Bookgasm's Allan Mott shows a fun and appropriate way to write about movie books.



posted by Michael at October 21, 2006


I guess Blacks have always danced with more flair than whites. For the white version of the Charleston watch the famous dance-over-the-swimming-pool scene in "It's A Wonderful Life".

Posted by: able on October 21, 2006 5:21 PM

One of the reasons why volunteer fire departments persist in areas that normally would have paid departments, Long Island for example, is that they represent an increasingly rare opportunity for men to socialize in an all-male environment. In some ways volunteer departments are men's social clubs that do some firefighting on the side :) While technically speaking women are allowed to become volunteer firefighters, in practice they're strongly discourged from doing so and instead are pushed into the "ladies' auxiliary" ghetto.

Posted by: Peter on October 21, 2006 6:39 PM

As a youngster, I loved going to my cousins' house in Robert Lee, Texas, about 30 miles from San Angelo. For fun on a Friday or Saturday night, we would do "the drag" in "Angelo". Fond memories, indeed.

And Kelton is a jewel...

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on October 21, 2006 9:43 PM

I entirely agree with that pan of classical realism. There's no "noble simplicity and quite greatness" there, only naked people sitting on their goddamned horrible asses. It's rubbish. I've so far never seen any classical realism that wasn't rubbish.

Posted by: Brian on October 22, 2006 9:13 AM

Thanks for the compliment. I write 'em like I want to read 'em.

Posted by: Allan on October 22, 2006 3:14 PM


Posted by: Kirsten on October 22, 2006 9:27 PM

Able -- The combo of exuberance and delicacy, and earthiness and sophistication is hard to beat, isn't it? White-people-dancing can be pretty cute too, though, in its own way ...

Peter -- That makes a lot of sense. The opportunities for guys to hang with guys do seem to have gotten mighty skimpy. It's a good blogposting topic: dudes, how and where do you get your hanging-with-the-dudes time these days?

C. Pattie -- I've got to read some Kelton. Sigh, to be my age and just beginning to catch up with Western writers ...

Brian -- That's interesting that you don't like the stuff. I find the whole new-traditionalism thing in painting fascinating on a number of levels. Why now, for instance? And the craftsmanship, passion, and care sometimes stagger me. Plus I think it's loads of fun to see contemporary people captured in paint and canvas in that kind of way. What current art *do* you go for?

Allan -- That seems like a very sensible way to go about writing.

Kirsten -- The pleasure is mine!

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on October 23, 2006 12:11 AM

Michael, you did an excellent job of getting me part with my sofa and actually come to see Collins' show.
Review to follow.

Posted by: Tat on October 25, 2006 12:55 PM

I have read several interviews with the artist Jacob Collins, and I have to say that I like his ideas on Classical Realism more than his execution. If his nudes were more like the French artist David, maybe I'd feel differently. But, they tend to be nude without any context.

Posted by: Micah on October 29, 2006 9:16 AM

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