Coming soon from Thomas Friedman: The Keg Stand and The Olive Tree
By KarenUhOh on The Dystopia Derby
You know, let's quit dicking around and do this really right. Let's send the robots out to fight and kill all the enemy robots, and then we can have a parade.
In 1997 I got bumped up to first class on a flight from NYC to GSO, and wound up sitting across the aisle from Dr. Angelou. I had some poetry I'd written with me and asked her if she'd read it. She touched my hand and regretted that she couldn't because she was being sued for plagiarism for her poem for Clinton's 2nd innauguration, "Because, apparently, someone else wrote about rivers and rocks before I did." But she did engage with me for the entire flight (pouring two airplane bottles of Jameson's into each cup of coffee she drank), and made me a reading list that included Grace Paley, Shelly's Ozymandias, the work of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and a few other pieces. "Read these," she said. "You will be astonished."
What a nice lady she was!
@Pop Socket Scary, eh. But Hollywood never recycles ideas, so we're off the hook.
@KarenUhOh A Britanny is not a goal; it is a consequence.
"Scott's goals for 2014 include landing a Brittany and a Tori."
Dear Lord. All those minivans in the parking lot with their motors running.
Seriously. My advice is to light that dude on fire, and THEN do all the good stuff Polly said.
By LondonLee on Ruth Reichl On David Foster Wallace's "Consider The Lobster": "He Argued Over Every Edit"
I worked at The Atlantic when Wallace wrote a (terrific) feature for them about talk radio. According to our managing editor he was a sweetheart to deal with.
True: Whenever the books section reviewed something about WWII or The Holocaust (which was often), BMW pulled their ads for that issue.
By jfruh on Journalists Cowed
Probably a good place to point out that people who register/identify as politically "independent" usually vote for one party just as consistently as people who register/identify with that party.