Wednesday, September 10, 2008

rock on bob hebert, crushing on wolfson, burn after reading

"Without the many great and noble deeds of liberals over the past six or seven decades, America would hardly be recognizable to today's young people. Liberals (including liberal Republicans, who have since been mostly drummed out of the party) ended legalized racial segregation and gender discrimination.


Liberals. Your food is safer because of them, and so are your children's clothing and toys. Your workplace is safer. Your ability (or that of your children or grandchildren) to go to college is manifestly easier.

It would take volumes to adequately cover the enhancements to the quality of American lives and the greatness of American society that have been wrought by people whose politics were unabashedly liberal. It is a track record that deserves to be celebrated, not ridiculed or scorned."

read the whole thing here.

is it wrong that i'm kind of crushing on howard wolfson? okay, stupid question. it IS wrong that i'm crushing on howard wolfson but i don't feel too terribly guilty about it. i disagree with him (a lot), but i think he's a smart/talented guy nonetheless. i like him most when he blogs about music because he gets all giddy like a teenager in love. and though i agree with brian williams that the sweater was terrible (and though i DIED when i saw the gawker updates by joshua david stein who commented to say he loved it and then got upset when williams mocked it), i thought he was cute in it. all of this may go back to a friend named andy who actually named this blog, who plays tenor sax and is an amazing jazz composer who looks an awful like wolfson. i have this thing where i have irrational crushes on guys who look like other guys i've liked. moving on!

saw burn after reading last night. kind of loved it. it was hilarious, like all coen brothers movies, not even for the dialogue but more for the twitches and quirks of the actors. they managed to make george clooney unattractive. same with brad pitt. their characters were so weird and dumb and tic-ridden that i found myself unable to imagine screwing either one. frances mcdormand was fantastic. and all the bit characters were great. whoever casted this one did a phenomenal job. it is a dark comedy. there is blood. the blood looks real and is a bit gross but it's not overwhelming though don't bring the kids! so yeah, morbid but hysterical. fairly dry (standard coen fare) and i'd recommend it.

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