Archive for June, 2009

Quotes of the day

Posted in culture, movies, politics on June 28, 2009 by Jonathan

Spike Lee, July 2008:

Lee predicted Obama would be elected in November.

“When that happens, it will change everything. … You’ll have to measure time by `Before Obama’ and `After Obama,'” Lee said during the panel. “It’s an exciting time to be alive now.”

Spike Lee, June 2009:

“I’ll tell you one statement I don’t agree with: Post-racial society. What does that mean? That we’re past it?” He snorts derisively. “We’re not there, we’re definitely not there. Those are people wishing upon a star. It’s not like it’s gonna be presto change-o, abracadabra, Obama Obama — it doesn’t work like that.

New book alert

Posted in books on June 25, 2009 by Jonathan

This looks good: I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous by Harry Stein

Hot Asian girls

Posted in other on June 25, 2009 by Jonathan

That should drive the visitor numbers up.

Update: Yeah, it’s working.

For the record…

Posted in other on June 25, 2009 by Jonathan

As the President is fond of saying, let me be perfectly clear. When I wrote in an earlier post about American men opting for a foreign-born wife as opposed to a domestic one, I did so before the Mark Sanford affair came to light. Thus, my choosing Argentina as where to find good female companionship was entirely coincidental, if not a testament to my awesome blogging skills.

That is all.

“Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old”

Posted in books on June 25, 2009 by Jonathan

Here’s something I’m sure you’ve noticed: It seems that most debut novels are written by people in their thirties. Why not earlier, you ask? John Scalzi explains:

Most first novels are no damn good. Second ones are often better, but not always, and often not by much. Third and fourth novels, the same thing. Fact is — and this should not be news at this late date — ask most debut novelists how many novels they wrote before they got one published, and you’ll find out the answer is: two, three, four — sometimes more. Debut novels are almost never first novels; they’re just the first novels you see. And all those other novels you will never know about? They took lots of time to write, too.

Read the rest of this very entertaining (and enlightening) post.


HT: Instapundit

Mad Man Ed

Posted in advertising, politics on June 24, 2009 by Jonathan

Ed Driscoll takes a look at the progressive politics in modern advertising, in a post called “The Return of the Son of 21st Century Schizoid Mad Men,” which I think was also a Radiohead album.

Rescuing beauty

Posted in culture on June 24, 2009 by Jonathan

City Journal on the fall of beauty in our culture:

That is an example of something familiar in every aspect of our contemporary culture. It is not merely that artists, directors, musicians, and others connected with the arts are in flight from beauty. Wherever beauty lies in wait for us, there arises a desire to preempt its appeal, to smother it with scenes of destruction. Hence the many works of contemporary art that rely on shocks administered to our failing faith in human nature—such as the crucifix pickled in urine by Andres Serrano. Hence the scenes of cannibalism, dismemberment, and meaningless pain with which contemporary cinema abounds, with directors like Quentin Tarantino having little else in their emotional repertories. Hence the invasion of pop music by rap, whose words and rhythms speak of unremitting violence, and which rejects melody, harmony, and every other device that might make a bridge to the old world of song. And hence the music video, which has become an art form in itself and is often devoted to concentrating into the time span of a pop song some startling new account of moral chaos.