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April 18, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Steve Sailer links to a daring and frank piece about race, sports, and politics by AOL's Jason Whitlock. Whitlock's column starts with "I'm calling for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the president and vice president of Black America, to step down" -- and then it gets even better.

* Yahmdallah enjoyed "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Nice quote: "But then I like self-referential movies that break the fourth wall. When it's done well, as it is here, it actually sinks me deeper into the movie because it feels like I'm in on the joke."

* Cubs fans (and visual-arts fans) have a treat in store: Tim Souers' Cubby Blue, a mostly-visual blog by a gifted illustrator who loves his Chicago ball team. I think what I like best about Tim's art (and blog) is the way he makes the high-spirited, the sweet-natured, and the mischievous coexist. That's fandom at its best, IMHO.

* Book-writers (and book-writer wannbes) owe it to themselves to read this NYTimes snapshot of the London Book Fair. That's book publishing, kids.

* Have you ever wondered how tall female sex symbols and male daredevils tend to be? Agnostic has done the research.

* John Massengale argues that -- while the chic set is enraptured with Theory -- the New Urbanism has arisen out of a respect for experience.

* Kellogg, Idaho native Raymond Pert crafts a list asking "How Kellogg are you?" It's very evocative. I liked #13 best: "If you ever got to go to a big city, you explored it by going bowling."

* Although ChelseaGirl and the b.f. have reached a bit of an impasse, CG will be reading some of her brainy and sexy prose tonight at Rachel Kramer Bussell's "In the Flesh" reading series.

* Patrick Buchanan looks beyond the Wolfowitz scandals and calls for the World Bank to be shut down. Nice passage:

Why, when the government is deeper in debt than ever in our history, is this Congress borrowing billions every year to send to the least competent, most corrupt regimes on earth? Why has the World Bank not been shut down, its 10,000 overpaid employees dismissed -- or the whole thing deeded over to Beijing or Tokyo? Let them play world banker to deadbeat nations. They've got the money. We don't anymore.

* Two scholars are doing their impressive best to turn public debate into something as undignified as a pro wrestling match.

* There isn't much that's more amusing than inadvertent sexual humor pulled from old comic book panels. Batman and Robin always seem to be prominent in these collections, don't they?

* A new study concludes that women in traditional marriages are happier than women in modern-style marriages. Mark Richardson comments.

* There must be a movie in this.

* Tom Philpott thinks that ethanol is one big scam. What could our elites be up to, Tom asks, "beyond rigging public policy (and raiding the public purse) to generate huge private profits"?

* Time to ask George Carlin to do a little guest-blogging, perhaps? (Link thanks to Charlton Griffin.) On the one hand, Carlin isn't exactly doing comedy any longer. On the other, I can't disagree with 99.9% of what he says ...

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at April 18, 2007




Comments

Ah, Kellogg.

And let's not forget Mullen, nearby.

That "Rainier" breakfast crack in the post had to do with Rainier Beer, FYI.

Back in the late 40s or early 50s my father appraised some of the mine-related businesses in the area. In my opinion the place lost a lot of its "charm" when they finally figured out how to wedge Interstate 90 through town.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on April 18, 2007 3:51 PM



Diverting corn production to ethanol and away from providing food, food products, and animal feed is going to send food prices soaring.

So the question is, will you drive less to save money for something you may not need (gas), or drive just as much or more and pay lots more for what you can't do without (food)?

Posted by: BIOH on April 18, 2007 6:37 PM



It is somewhat embarrassing to admit that while I liked Batman & Robin in my younger days, I was too naive to catch onto what now seems like clear homoeroticism.

Posted by: Peter on April 18, 2007 8:36 PM



I enjoyed the heck of out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It manages to be a no-holds-barred send-up of movie convention as well as an appreciation of all that is generally loved about pulp entertainment--the cliches especially.

It's refreshing to see a movie that can stick it to a genre in a biting way and yet avoid being snarky or condescending.

Beyond that, the movie has a love of role-playing, magic tricks and surprises built into it, and I had a blast watching the director and actors negotiating each little plot twist and fillip of dialog.

Fun movie. I expect it'll be remembered very fondly 10 years from now, even though it wasn't widely seen on release.

Posted by: Ron on April 19, 2007 9:43 AM



Donald -- Funny how "an Interstate built nearby" often seems to coincide with a town losing its character, isn't it?

BIOH -- I read somewhere just today that food prices have been rising precisely for that reason -- corn being used for ethanol. All that said, it'd be nice if we ate less corn, and if the various semi-subsidies that go towards corn generally got torn down...

Peter -- Batman and Robin do seem to care for each other in a ... special kind of way, don't they? I wonder which of the other comic books I read as a kid had a similar kind of homoeroticism. There were an awful lot of guys in tights and briefs, and with proud pecs in those comic books ... And what was with all those capes?

Ron -- I wonder if it'll become a cult fave. I wonder if it already *has* become a cult fave.


Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 19, 2007 11:57 AM



Donald: I'm thrilled to know that you have experience in the Silver Valley. I think I-90 robbed Wallace of more charm than Kellogg...robbing charm from Kellogg was like throwing a deck chair off the Queen Mary.

Posted by: raymond pert on April 20, 2007 3:34 AM



Michael,

Thank you for the mad hott promo--and for all your support of my writing in general. The story I picked to read at In The Flesh, "night at the circus," was the very first piece you linked of mine. I admit I chose it in no small part because you liked it.

kissykiss,
chelsea g

Posted by: chelsea girl on April 20, 2007 11:16 AM






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