Gerry Canavan

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For All Sad Words of Tongue and Pen The Saddest Are These

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December 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Playing Catchup

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Sunday Links!

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Sunday links! May include Saturday links at no additional charge.

* Last night we saw the very nice Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibit at the Met (on advice of AskMetaFilter) and then saw Apatow’s Funny People. What I appreciated most about the Met exhibit is the “West of What?” attitude implicit in the presentation of the history of the Silk Road; what I appreciated least about Funny People were the thirty minutes of excess footage Apatow refused to cut. But I laughed

* How violence against women still doesn’t register in our national consciousness —a must-read op-ed from Bob Herbert. I can’t help thinking of “The Screwfly Solution” by James Tiptree, Jr. / Alice Sheldon, in which a (literal) plague of misogyny goes largely unchallenged because it is couched in the language of patriarchal religion.

* It’s not a new story, but North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens and their subsequent staggeringly dishonest handling of the situation is truly stunning.

* “Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire And Ten Steps to Take to Do So.” By Chalmers Johnson, via MeFi. The first of the ten steps is a nice example of the securitization rhetoric surrounding climate change, in which climate change is reframed as a national security issue and in the process depoliticized; today’s New York Times approaches the issue in this way as well. The problem is that the struggle to protect the environment can’t be depoliticized; in a finite world of limited resources there is no political question more basic than how we should distribute ecological costs. Securitization/depoliticization obscures the reality of the decision being made, to the benefit of the already privileged and the detriment of everybody else.

* More Mad Men teases from Salon and the New York Times.

* This Is the Only Level: a game.

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August 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Friday Night Links

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Friday night links.

* Gingrich: “If Civil War, suffrage, and Civil Rights are to mean anything,” Sotomayor must be barred from the Supreme Court. Who does he think won the Civil War?

* Tom Tancredo: “I don’t know” if the Obama administration hates white people.

* Sonia Sotomayor, notorious racist, ruled against people claiming illegal discrimination in 45 out of 50 cases. This goes along with Dave Sirin’s piece on Sotomayor in The Nation to demonstrate that she is a moderate—likely too moderate—not some leftist firebrand. Anyone Obama picked to replace her would, from Newt’s perspective anyway, likely be significantly worse.

* Earlier this month, a Twitter user in Guatemala was arrested, jailed, and fined the equivalent of a year’s salary for having posted a 96-character thought to Twitter. @jeanfer faces ten years in prison.

* Nuclear power, too cheap to meter.

* Uhura, Dualla, and “Blacks in Space.” I really think some nuance is being lost here; to take up just one point, Uhura isn’t marginalized in the new Star Trek; if anything she replaces McCoy as the third lead.

* Jason Schwartzman’s (fake) new sitcom on NBC, “Yo Teach,” a viral ad for Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

* Wikipedia has barred edits from known Scientologist IP addresses. Xenu weeps.

Somebody Give This Kid His Own Show

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I ripped on Judd Apatow for Knocked Up, so it’s only fair to admit that I found Superbad pretty hilarious. The difference, of course, is Michael “George Michael Bluth” Cera, who I found hilarious in everything he does, despite/because it’s the same thing over and over again. Next up: Juno, which blessedly looks to be more of the same.

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December 7, 2007 at 3:37 am

Apatow and Knocked Up

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Here’s a maybe unpopular opinion: We watched Knocked Up when it came out on DVD a few weeks ago and found it painfully, painfully unfunny—not really its politics, though those also bugged me a bit, but just the film itself. Joe Queenan (via MeFi) gets close to the reason why here but he doesn’t quite make it:

There is, of course, another way of looking at this subject: that the new genre of romantic comedies are not really upbeat, coming-of-age motion pictures about young male schmucks who are saved by the love of a good woman, but heart-rending tragedies about beautiful young women who are doomed to spend the rest of their lives with juvenile, not especially good-looking dorks.

Replace the fixation on hot/not-hot with a more holistic notion of general human potential and that’s pretty much where we stood with Knocked Up: for someone with so many choices to wind up stapled to such a go-nowhere loser with almost no redeeming qualities in pursuit of some entirely uncritical notion of what a “family” should be struck us as pretty close to deeply tragic, not to mention sentimentalist kitsch.

Okay, so maybe it is about the politics. Now I’m wondering if I should even bother giving Superbad a try, or for that matter finally bite the bullet and rent Freaks and Geeks, which I’ve been meaning to do for years.

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October 7, 2007 at 12:19 am

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