Archive for May, 2009
This was already one of my favorite ’80s songs. But THIS is classic.
I recently donated my car to a local NPR station. It was a champagne-colored 1993 Saturn with more than 123,000 miles. I just don’t know how many because the odometer broke last year. I will not replace it. I live in a neighborhood and a city with plentiful mass transit options, a bike-sharing program, and [...]
“Something new each weekday.” To that end, Susan Sontag in Aspen magazine: Every era has to reinvent the project of “spirituality” for itself. (Spirituality = plans, terminologies, ideas of deportment aimed at the resolution of painful structural contradictions inherent in the human situation, at the completion of human consciousness, at transcendence.) In the modern era, [...]
Ever think our society suffers from Multiple Identity Disorder? Me too. Sure, Prop 8 was upheld by the California Supreme Court, but L.A.’s Fairfax High elected a gay prom queen this week.
Must-read New Yorker article on health-care costs and quality.
Remember the theme mix? Used to be something you crafted over days or even weeks, linking up lyrical motifs and musical patterns into a coherent whole that explored an idea or told a story. Searchable databases have changed all that. Now I can type any word into iTunes—say, “book”—and get a perfectly bookish playlist that [...]
April 19: First order of business: to the Chinese consulate to pick up our new visas. Then, back at Kowloon, I once again fall prey to the people-eating credit card phone. I call Karen, who I haven’t spoken to since last summer, despite repeated attempts from Moscow. For 10 minutes or so, we scream at [...]
Pity not those motherfuckers, no matter what their shills say on teevee. (Via Yglesias, who really should be more radical than he says he is, with all he knows.)