beauty fear

In an unlikely combination of societies two greatest fears, the fear of “terror” and the fear of being “ugly”an America’s Top Model audition is struck by a wave of hysteria as an overheating car (?) is mistaken for a bomb.  The resultant writhing of beauty pageant wannabes as they seek to escape the unspeakable malignancy [...]

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Joel Stein in Time magazine ponders the future of journalism
“The panic comes in the morning. As I sit at my desk and drink a tall glass of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, I start to worry about my career. I may be the best journalist in the world, but if there are no journals left to [...]

The Amazing Aimee

Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, [...]

all in good taste

A few months ago, whilst engaged in the massive consumption of stuff that may or may not be information, like a baleen whale scooping through krill in the frozen Antarctic waters, in the search of tasty tidbits that may amuse my readers, I clicked on a link with a very low brow exhortation about a [...]

coffee coloured

from The Daily Beast
“Albany, N.Y., is an indoor tanning mecca, a hotbed of hot beds. There are more than 800 tanning salons in the greater capital region. Four-term Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings presides over ribbon-cuttings with a year-round bronze. At the historically Catholic college where I teach, students grow more preternaturally orange as winter progresses.
I [...]


A Russian communist group has attacked the newest Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, for her “moral and intellectual betrayal” in starring in a film about the “enemy of the Soviet people.”
Ukrainian-born Kurylenko, 28, stars in the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, alongside English actor Daniel Craig.
“In the name of all communists we appeal to [...]

spin cycle

From The Washington Post, through Sheldon’s Wet or Dry
“I attended a briefing at the CI [Counterintelligence] Center a year ago and one of the speakers was a former British SAS officer who worked Belfast for 10 years. He provided some fascinating insights into their operations and, specifically, some of the “out-of-the-box” methods they utilized to [...]

The Power of Nightmare

This BBC documentary, The Power of Nightmares, pursues similar ideas to Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, the notion that contemporary politics, having lost the power to inspire through ideology, now uses fear as its major motivation in harnessing popular opinion.  Though I found its arguments more balanced and nuanced, as it seeks the threads of [...]