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June 06, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Congratulations to chemist and super-blogger Derek Lowe, who's once again gainfully employed.

* Anne Thompson's blogpost about Sharon Waxman's departure from the New York Times is a priceless introduction to the politics of entertainment reporting.

* Tintin's creator Herge would have turned 100 last week.

* Daily Film Dose celebrates some of cinema history's greatest long tracking shots, complete with links to YouTube clips.

* Has investment banker Bruce Wasserstein been good for Lazard? Matthew Lynn argues that the only entity that has done well by Bruce Wasserstein in recent years has been Bruce Wasserstein. Btw, did you realize that one of Bruce Wasserstein's siblings was the playwright Wendy Wasserstein?

* The giddy and exuberant yet down-to-earth Alice Bachini gives her blog a sweet makeover and a cheery new theme. I had a couple of good chuckles reading this posting about getting a root canal ...

* Tyler Cowen evaluates some of the heterodox schools of economics: Post-Keynesian, feminist.

* Mystery writer Melodie Johnson Howe is sick of the way the lit snobs look down on mystery writing.

* Charlton Griffin passes along a link to some appallingly beautiful footage of nuclear explosions.

* Shouting Thomas recalls losing his beloved Myrna.

* Maxwell Goss finds some indications that Webster's College Dictionary has gone P.C.

* Lexington Green -- who is in the middle of a lot of heavier reading than I've attempted recently -- turns up a beautiful clip of cool-jazz diva Anita O'Day. Here she is from "Jazz on a Summer's Day."

* Marc Andreessen confesses that he's addicted to "productivity porn" (Gina Trapani, David Allen, etc), then comes up with some good productivity tips of his own.

* Slow Food, Slow Cities ... Now meet Slow Leadership.

* Thanks to the "baby carrot" phenomemon, Americans are eating more carrots than ever. Given that fact, it's interesting to learn from USA Today that baby carrots aren't really babies at all.



posted by Michael at June 6, 2007


..Shouting Thomas recalls losing his beloved Myrna..
How that is news, man? Or even interesting?

I'd understand if you had linked to couple threads at Megan, that would certainly be one instructive reading.

Posted by: Tat on June 7, 2007 6:49 AM

Over the course of my life, I've learned that jealousy is the most powerful human emotion.

Myrna, who had everything going, faced the most incredible torrent of jealousy I've ever witnessed. Those who did not love her passionately hated her with a vengeance. There was no middle ground.

And, the fierce love that bound Myrna and me provoked unending, vicious jealousy. Although I always knew that it was hiding out and waiting to attack, it always surprised me when it was expressed.

And, so, Tatyana, I am surprised, but then again, I'm not.

And, thank you Michael, for linking to that post. Telling Myrna's story is a difficult obligation. I'm not just telling her story because I loved her, although that that's certainly part of the reason. I am telling the story because I want you to know her.

I am struggling to understand how to tell her story. I think that it will take years for me to understand how to tell her story, and to find the courage to do it.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on June 7, 2007 7:58 AM

Thank you for Miss O'Day. Such a pity that jazz died.

Posted by: dearieme on June 7, 2007 3:32 PM

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