Blåsigt.

August 20, 2009

Songs: “Peep-Peep” by Arab Strap, “The Man That I Am With My Man” by Hidden Cameras

Elated, as have fixed major laptop issue with the click of a button, and no longer need to endure the hellish suffering inflicted by the Mac Store. (Even if “sandwiches are wicked and they know you at the Mac Store!”)

http://www.slate.com/id/2225664/

So obvious it barely needs to be said. Still, well-written.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/142075/is_it_now_a_crime_to_be_poor/

Alternet strikes again with socially conscious reporting like no other site out there.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200909/elizabeth-edwards

Continuing the infidelity discussion, exploring why people cheat, and why it’s not always an unforgivable crime. There’s a new TV program this fall called “The Good Wife” about a “wronged” wife of a “philandering” politician, will be interesting to see portrayal/demonization of said politician.

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Finished Reading

February 25, 2009

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated

Daily Reader

February 24, 2009

I saw this and immediately thought “Ahh! Sexism!” Then I read a little more and thought “Ahh!! That’s me!” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4788727/Why-women-cannot-read-maps-and-men-lose-their-keys.html

Good news for procrastinators, maybe. http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=zs61txc4kwr4kd1q1rjbfxt41952gdmf

Great profile of Rahm Emmanuel: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/03/02/090302fa_fact_lizza?printable=true

Brilliant British expat Sullivan talks U.S.A.: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article5779850.ece

Obama, hipper than Christ. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=2a9f1b3f-e978-4e87-ba9c-d56b7628ad4a&&Headline=Obama%2Bis%2BAmerica%E2%80%99s%2BNo.%2B1%2Bhero%2c%2Bnot%2BJesus

Enjoy, preferably with two runny fried eggs, buttery wheat toast, havarti cheese, and fresh tomatoes, as I did.

Monday Reader

February 23, 2009

The last Diary entry- why I love New York. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/nyregion/23diary.html?ref=todayspaper

The end of marriage? http://www.alternet.org/sex/127687/forget_marriage_–_civil_unions_for_all/

A tragic, arresting, yet hopeful photo series. http://www.torgovnik.com/

And now, here’s my take on the Oscars, which I, incidentally, didn’t watch because it would have required me staying awake from 2-5 AM.

Best picture- Slumdog Millionaire- deserved. I saw this movie twice, and loved it. Ezra Klein and others bash it for being unrealistic and “too Hollywood-” but I say of course it’s Hollywood- it’s a movie made in Hollywood, for cripes’ sakes. And for that, a really refreshingly good one.

Actor- Sean Penn for Milk- I was really happy about this, call me biased because I saw Milk and loved it, and wrestling grosses me out (so does Mickey Rourke, for that matter). His speech was humble and charming, and for me, his win was the surprise of the ceremony.

Actress-Kate Winslet for The Reader- Ugh. This was a completely mediocre movie, morally shirking its duties, promoting false themes of redemption, and just generally not that great. It’s great that she finally won B.A.- but I could name ten other roles that she should have won it for. Just more proof that the easiest way to win an Oscar is to gain some weight, not wear makeup, and be in a Holocaust-themed movie.

Supporting Actor-Heath Ledger- Yeah, his Joker was wild. But would he have gotten it if he hadn’t so conveniently died this year? I’m beginning to think his death was the best publicity stunt in Hollywood history.

Director- Danny Boyle- Heck yes.

Soundtrack- Slumdog Millionaire- Heck yes. I listen to this all the time, especially “Jai Ho.”

Documentary- Man on Wire- The best film of the year, for me. Maybe of the decade. So glad it was recognized in this capacity.

Weekend Reader

February 22, 2009

Hook-up culture? http://www.feministing.com/archives/013806.html

Zzz. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126962.100-are-bad-sleeping-habits-driving-us-mad.html

Now that we have one in the WH: http://chronicle.com/free/v55/i23/23b00801.htm

The final Teddy chapter. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/02/22/chapter_7_the_patriarch/

Daily Reader

February 20, 2009

Seems like more journalists are openly discussing abortion these days, and I like it: http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/127868/why_are_even_smart%2C_liberal_men_freaked_out_by_abortion/?page=3

In my book, he can do no wrong: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2009/02/20/haruki_murakami/

Finally! I understand myself? http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13139619

I always knew those Skull & Boners were a shady lot. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/us/20geronimo.html?ref=todayspaper

Well, that seemed like it went well. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/canada/090219/hi-neighbor

Currently Reading

February 20, 2009

“Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Witty, wild, and wonderful.

Currently Reading

February 19, 2009

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. Tender, delicate, brilliant. But what of his isn’t?

Daily Reader

February 19, 2009

Oh boy, Illinois. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/18/AR2009021802475.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR

Tutu to Obama: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7897206.stm

This better work: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Obama_unveils_275b_housing_plan_0218.html

Oh, Canada. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090219.wcowent19/BNStory/specialComment/home

What more Americans need to see: http://www.alternet.org/audits/127675/once_you_see_what_truly_happened_in_gaza%2C_it_will_change_you_forever/

Daily Reader

February 18, 2009

I mean, it works where I’m living:

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Greenspan_says_recession_will_be_longest_0217.html

My dilemma, as a sometimes fully veg/only cruelty-free meat/when-in-Rome (ok, Sverige), eat reindeer and meatballs-vegetarian:

http://www.alternet.org/environment/127280/is_it_possible_to_be_a_conscientious_meat_eater/

Holder tells it like it is. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18999.html

I still find it surreal, in a good way, that Hil is Sec. http://washingtonindependent.com/30404/future-of-public-diplomacy-unsettled-at-state

LOVING this Kennedy series!The best thing the Globe’s done in ages. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/02/18/chapter_4_sailing_into_the_wind/

Never miss a weekly installment: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/02/the_laid-off_cuckolded_boyfrie.html