American Democracy guarantees Freedom of Speech to everyone, whether they be birthers or deathers or people who are outright liars or just plain nuts, which leads me to wonder whether Democracy carries within itself the seeds for its own destruction. DEMOCRACY S(elf-destr)UCKS?
To encourage more effectively a life-long habit of pleasurable reading, many public and private elementary schools and even some middle schools in New York are now starting “reading workshops” which abandon the traditional teaching of previously-required texts like To Kill a Mockingbird or Huckleberry Finn, encouraging children instead to bring in books of their own choosing to read. Okay, so what if a precocious kid rummages through dad’s library and brings in Lady Chatterley’s Lover or The Happy Hooker?
A feminist friend writes me the following about the enigmatic cover of the August 31 issue of The New Yorker: “We see, from the back, a white-haired man carrying a slender girl into the water, toward the moon, from a beach marked with a No Trespassing sign. Could this be a reference to Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne, and a message of some sort of redemption?” What do you think?
A 26-year-old woman who was posing in the nude for a photographer at the Metropolitan Museum in New York has been arrested for “lewdness.” It’s clear she was no Venus de Milo. Both of her arms were intact.
They say the Senator is dead. Republicans will probably refrain from dancing in the streets, but watch them all weep crocodile tears as the lion continues to roar for health care reform, even in death. He may have passed. Now let’s hope what he fought for his whole life will finally come to pass.
So, what words do “hip” people use these days to say that something is “cool” or “uncool?” According to today’s Sunday New York Times, it’s “so (not) Obama” anymore to say that someone or something is “so Obama,” and I’ve never even heard the expression until I read the article. Just sayin,’ just sayin.’
Writing newspaper headlines is an art. Witness the front page story in yesterday’s Lawrence Journal-World about Bernadette Gray-LIttle, the exciting new chancellor at the University of Kansas. The headline? Gray-Little stresses worth of pursuing education. Hmmmm. Was this ever in doubt? So what’s the subtext here?
David Mamet is working on a new film version of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. I can see and hear it now: “Who the fuck are these fucking Nazis, and why the fuck are they doing this to us? How much longer do we have to fucking hide in this shithole?”
Sonia Sotomayor reassures the Senate Judicial Committee that she is all for “the letter of the law.” She cleverly dodges all questions about “empathy” or “the spirit of the law.” She refuses to be our Antigone to their Republican Kreons.
Isn’t Pop Culture wonderful? Michael Jackson has now metamorphosed from pariah to messiah, from the King of Pop to the King of Kings.