The issues Matt raises here are important. We should always question the ways people in privilege respond to work that challenges that privilege. But my review is largely about that. As I write a few sentence later, "But I'm wrong. " And then, later still, "It’s also, if I’m paying enough attention, a reminder that my discomfort with Lockwood’s other poems (one of which appeared in Slate) might have something do with my advantaged standing as a straight white male in the culture she handles with such imaginative disregard." I open with that first paragraph in order to expose and then try to move past my own biases.
@scrooge If men are tired of being told they are dicks, they should stop being dicks. Problem solved. That's how my straight shooting, problem solving male brain thinks of this. But if you just wanna whine about it like a non-man, I've got a box of Seventh Generation for you.
You'll only have yourself to blame when #NotAllTechBros starts trending.
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.