Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Two quotes from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -
"[W]hat happened to me, happens over and over and over to black men in America, and you sure don’t read about it on A1.”
"If you wonder why blacks seem particularly susceptible to rumors and conspiracy theories, you might look at a history in which the official was a poor guide to anything that mattered much, and in which rumor sometimes verged on the truth."
Saturday, July 18, 2009
New Live Poll Allows Pundits To Pander To Viewers In Real Time
I love how Duncan's numbers go down as soon as he says "It's not that simple." Also, Lauralee Hickok is not one to be trifled with.
[Note: On certain browsers the video is cut off on the right-hand side; just click on the link to see it on ONN if that happens. You want to make sure you're watching the poll results in real-time.]
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This is a video of soprano Alexandra Deshorties singing "Addio del Passato" from La Traviata. David Sims photographed her for W Magazine. Do yourself a favor (a million favors) and check out the photos as they're arranged on my friend Anna's blog, Iwanttowearit. (The photos are towards the bottom of the post.)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so exceptionally handsome in this movie. I need to take notes on his style...and his genetic structure.
Also movie-related: Director Kathryn Bigelow talking about a scene from her latest film, The Hurt Locker. A lot of people are calling it an action movie, maybe to entice people (like me) who don't generally like war films. There is a lot of action, but the movie is much heavier than, say, the Bourne Ultimatum or Minority Report. That said, I think The Hurt Locker is the best war film I will ever see, and that it would be unfortunate to watch it on the small screen.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Not quite as sad as the loss of Michael Jackson (even before he died) was Kelefa Sanneh's recent departure from the New York Times, where he was a pop music critic. He's now a staff writer at the New Yorker; I guess he was a little too amazing to focus only on music, but I still miss his recommendations.
Last week, Sanneh wrote a short tribute to MJ. You can tell it's by the same guy who came to the defense of Ashlee Simpson after her lip-syncing debacle on SNL. He sees the flaws, he doesn't condescend to Michael by calling him a hero, but he also reminds us that there are certain things you can't take away from him.