Archive for September, 2009

They don’t make them like they used to

Posted in College on September 2, 2009 by Jonathan

I remember the view from my college dorm. It looked out onto a basketball court. Which would’ve been fine were “basketball court” code for “girls’ showers.” But it wasn’t. It was a basketball court.

I got by. Some students at Boston University, however, have a slightly better view:

From the 26th floor of Boston’s newest high-rise, residents are treated to a sweeping view encompassing the historic Bunker Hill monument, the gilded dome of the State House, the majestic Harbor Islands, and the jets alighting and ascending from the distant airport. Just below, sailboats and rowing shells silently glide along the Charles River.

The view is not the only amenity. So luxurious is the 960-bed dorm that parents’ jaws dropped in disbelief when they helped their children move in last week. The suites of singles and doubles, with elegantly furnished common rooms, large private baths, walk-in closets, and floor-length mirrors, resemble nothing like what older generations remember of their college housing – sterile cinder-block boxes with institutional bunk beds and a communal bathroom down the hall.

“Where did she get the money for the plane ticket?”

Posted in movies on September 2, 2009 by Jonathan

The new Mike Judge movie, Extract, which comes out soon, looks pretty good. From a recent New York Times piece:

EVEN as a boy the filmmaker and animator Mike Judge had a hard time suspending disbelief when it came to the economic lives of fictional characters. “I remember just being annoyed when it seemed that everyone had endless cash and never had to work, while I always had lots of jobs,” he recalled in a telephone interview. His sister’s Nancy Drew books, in which the teenage heroine was forever jetting off to far-flung locations, were a particular source of irritation. “I’d say, ‘Where did she get the money for the plane ticket?’ ”