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September 26, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Prodigiously polished young fogey Andrew Cusack makes suave fun of Renzo Piano's cheap-looking addition to New York's otherwise-beautiful Morgan Library.

* Colleen and the b.f. discover that they've put on a few pounds.

* David Chute's oddball buddy Tulkinghorn dodges the Toronto Film Festival and wonders if the British crime writer Derek Raymond is worth the effort.

* Cineris points out a hilarious Garfield comic-strip randomizer. Now that's one inspired and well-executed piece of conceptual art.

* John Williams revisits Ithaca, New York, and finds the town as pretty as ever. Ithaca -- set on the hilly shores of Cayuga Lake -- always reminds me of a miniature San Francisco.

* Nate's ready for food pills.

* The Sydney Morning Herald's Sam de Brito thinks that using prostitutes is often more honest than trying to talk a non-pro into the sack. (Some mostly outraged responses here.)

* Searchie has awakened out of her depression.

* The raw-milk debate reaches the pages of The New York Times.

* Michael Bierut shares some work from his finding-his-way years: Snazzy designs, as well as commentary that's a fun way to learn about some of the major visual trends of the last few decades.

* Lester Hunt points out that anti-slavery hero William Wilberforce was about as conservative as a politician can be.

* Lester also takes a re-look at Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" (here and here), and concludes that it's one modern novel that deserves to be considered a classic.

* I'm glad they found each other.

* Thursday shares some shrewd thoughts about David Cronenberg.

* Smokin'!

* Country legend Guy Clark entertains some friends.

* Growing brain-dead raising her young children, HaggisChick picked up a camera. She's certainly expressing herself now!

* MBlowhard Rewind: I considered the cases of Carla Gugino, Nicole Kidman, and James Spader.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 26, 2007




Comments

The Morgan Library:

Ye gods! That ruined my whole day.
I vote for horse-whipping the architect.

Posted by: thaprof on September 27, 2007 9:28 AM



I've been drinking raw goat milk for about four years and I'm never going back. It's not only far better tasting, but it lasts about three times as long as pasteurized milk. I had some last as long as six weeks without spoiling...I kid you not.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on September 27, 2007 3:34 PM



I think a Paul Theroux character had one of the best lines about prostitution: People make love
[he may have said 'have sex'] for all sorts of weird reasons. Why shouldn't money be one of them?

Narr

Posted by: Narr on September 27, 2007 4:55 PM



Thanks for the quick link. I've tried to improve my "netiquette" by updating my post to mention that it was inspired by commenting on your "exercise and weight" post.

And my wife has informed me that "power bars" are the next best thing to food pills so I should quit bitching.

Posted by: Nate on September 27, 2007 7:16 PM



*young fogey*

One of my favorite terms! I used to refer to myself as one, but alas can no longer. Middle-aged fogey doesn't have the same punch

Posted by: Reid Farmer on September 27, 2007 7:18 PM



Ah, the excellent Guy Clark. Exceptional talent.

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on September 30, 2007 11:43 PM



There is this subtle and delicate piece of modern architecture at The Monarchist.

It looks like an alien crystaline structure has burst out through the body of The Royal Ontario Museum.

Posted by: Mild Colonial Boy on October 1, 2007 1:34 AM






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