The film is a saddening bore

Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.

Sam He Is

SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.  While he says his teammates and coaches knew since the summer and that many people associated with the NFL also seemed to know, he wanted to formally come out on his own terms, saying, “I want to own my truth. … No…

I digress…

In Russell’s post decrying outing, Jaybird mentioned that he supported outing because “moralists being caught with their pants down are funny” and he included a reference to champions of “stopping anthropogenic global warming” doing things like having “four-figure electrical bills for their homes”. This, of course, turned into a sidebar post.

The Apartment

Each year, New Year’s Eve brings to mind The Apartment, a film whose climax takes place on that evening. When you watch it next, note Shirley MacLaine’s great bit of acting as everyone at the party is singing Auld Lang Syne and her face radiates the melancholy of the holiday- our shared delusion of renewal…

Thanks, Obama

Yesterday our flight was delayed for about an hour and a half. Then, once on the tarmac and runway, we were out there waiting for another hour. It was hot, it was uncomfortable. We eventually took off, flew, and landed. Throughout the entire time, my electronic devices were publicly and visibly on and I was…

Unclear on the Concept

Noted First Amendment scholar Sarah Palin on the backlash against a reality show star’s anti-gay comments:“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”  Got that? Speech that is critical of someone who expresses a socially conservative…