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July 03, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Learn about the early -- the very early -- days of Kung Fu cinema, complete with videoclips from some of the movies. (Link thanks to David Chute.)

* Israel and Maxim magazine have been doing some co-branding, and some Israeli women aren't happy about it.

* Say hello to the sober truth about book-writing and book-publishing.

* Alice proposes a convincing theory of exercise. Roissy has his own Roissy-esque take on current gym culture.

* This looks like a celebration that every advanced country should treat itself to. (NSFW)

* Make your home videos a little more bearable with these tutorials and these tips. And if you're a little bit more ambitious ...

* Thursday divides Christians into Dostoevsky Christians and Jane Austen Christians.

* Here's an amusing Powerpoint-powered takedown of Powerpoint presentations.

* The Querencia gang try to make some sense of "bully whippets."

* Alan Sullivan has a convincing go at Richard Schickel.

* Kate Marie has some quibbles with a new AFI list of the 100 greatest American movies.

* Fred Wickham watches his hair go white.

* Richard Wheeler is appalled at how shoddy book editing has become.

* MB Rewind: I mused about fathers, jobs, and hobbies here.



posted by Michael at July 3, 2007


Thursday's distinction is quite sensible. It's worth noting, though, that the Jesus of at least three of the canonical gospels is very much a "Dostoyevsky Christian". More significant (if less well supported) is the view that his antagonists (pharisees, Pilate, perhaps even Satan) represent the Austen side, never really getting the chance to make its case.

Posted by: J. Goard on July 3, 2007 5:57 PM

Damn it, Michael. This stuff you post is so interesting I spent several hours poring over it instead of getting my work done. That piece on Richard Schickel was really wonderful. Hell, they all were.

Posted by: charlton Griffin on July 3, 2007 7:14 PM

Ah, Voyeurweb. What a site ... I might have sort of accidentially looked at it once or twice before :)

It also did not escape my notice that many of the women in the linked pictures were in their natural hirsute state, if you catch my drift.

Posted by: Peter on July 3, 2007 8:41 PM

re. Voyeurweb: pierced nips - yuck!

Posted by: PA on July 3, 2007 9:27 PM

I loved the takedown of Schickel. What a fatuous blowhard he is. "Gentlemen, we must protect our phony baloney jobs."

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on July 4, 2007 3:48 AM

Thanks for the link.

RE: Shoddy Editing
I recently finished Stephen Pearl's new translation of Oblomov from Bunim & Bannigan. The work itself is excellent, but the editing was appalling, especially in the last half of the book, where all the problems Wheeler mentions were all too apparent. The book deserved much better.

Posted by: Thursday on July 4, 2007 10:49 AM

J. Goard -- Thanks, that's interesting. Where Xtianity goes I'm forever 3/4 baffled and trying to learn a bit. When I treated myself to a wrestle with the Bible some years back, what mostly struck me was how much God and Jesus reminded me of a father-son duo you sometimes still see around: Dad the rough-tough, quick-to-explode, hard-to-understand pushy Ellis Island immigrant, Son the spoiled high-minded princeling. That's unfair, I'm sure, but it sure hit me.

Charlton -- Tks, but I'm only half the websurfer you are.

Peter -- Fun the way that Voyeurweb has become one of the web's taken-for-granted standards, isn't it? Fun to see hwo many of the women bicyclists were traditionalists too so far as crotch-styling goes ... Hmm, maybe in the world of pubic grooming there's a kind of New-Urbanistic revolt happening against the excesses of chic and extreme grooming. Time to do some research.

PA -- You don't go for pierced nipples? Now that does mark you as a traditionalist.

Peter -- Alan made a lot of great points, didn't he? I sometimes think Schickel is pretty good myself, though more with the TV docs he's made than with his writing. But it's funny to see how pompous he gets when he takes on questions like these.

Thursday -- Too bad about the editing on the new "Oblomov." The whole standard publishing process is no longer what it once was, not that it ever was what it was cracked up to be, but still ... Funny fact: there are now a fair number of editors who do almost no text-editing. They're known as "acquiring editors" and their entire job is to network and bid and snag hot properties. Funny the way duties are shaking out as we move further into a media-conglomerate-digital world ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 4, 2007 3:54 PM

Schickel is such an ass. I've never read any of his actual "criticism," but his commentary track of La Dolce Vita is an absolute disgrace. A masterpiece of film nerd non-knowledge. To Schickel, the Acqua Felice is just "some Roman ruins," and he even manages to fail to point out the appearance Nico!

Posted by: american fez on July 5, 2007 11:58 AM

Much enjoyed your essay on hobbies

Posted by: Reid Farmer on July 5, 2007 2:34 PM

'Taint that "European Video" really from "Amelie"?

Posted by: Yahmdallah on July 5, 2007 10:17 PM

Just noticed the author bio on the sober truth piece about writing. She is: "the author of three unpublished historical novels and plans to become a life coach specializing in helping writers achieve their dreams. She writes a weekly column about writing on her Web site."

There's an interesting advertising angle for you! Maybe she intends to sell the negative example?

Posted by: Matt Mullenix on July 9, 2007 7:43 AM

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