Wordy Wednesday June 25th

A few days back Marc Maron interviews Josh Grobin in his 507th episode of WTF.  Why did I find Grobin so likeable in this interview, and not at all grating in the way so many "I-achieved-success-at-a-young-age-and-rather-easily-at-that" stars can be?  I discovered Grobin about a year ago on Twitter (@joshgroban) and initially thought he was a comedian, his tweets were so funny.

I also watched the 2004 Duplass Brothers movie "The Puffy Chair" and it blew me away.  So, so funny.  The peaceful, loving character/actor Rhett Wilkins really made the movie for me; when we meet him he's videotaping a gecko on a bush in his apartment complex.


Hilary Clinton, Fresh Air Interview

On June 12th Terry Gross interviewed Hilary Clinton on Fresh Air. In response to a question about how the world might look different had there been no war in Iraq, Clinton states (emphasis added, obviously);

...along came 9/11 - you know, a historically terrible event in the minds of all of us and particularly for me as a senator from New York - with a lot of human costs and economic costs and also a shock to how we saw ourselves and what the world was throwing at us at the time. And again, the response to 9/11 - appropriately going after those who attacked us in Al-Qaida who were based in the Afghan-Pakistan border areas - had the full support. NATO passed a strong resolution, you know, that basically invoked what's called Article Five because an attack on one is an attack on all. The world was with us.

I find it bizarre that Hilary would use the same phrase to describe the 9-11 attackers as she uses to describe those who supported our response to the attacks. It's an all-inclusive phrase, 'the world', and reads as if to say everyone is our ally as well as our enemy. Why would she be so sloppy in her speech as to describe the attackers and the allies with the same phrase? This choice is phrasing makes her statement so vague and non-sensical that it may as well be white noise; and yet 9-11 is her basis for foreign policy decisions!


wordy wednesday june 11

Listened to about a billion podcasts this week.  And read a little bit too; plowed to the end of Vanity Fair June issue, all the way through the last article, "The Prince and I", about JFK Jr. & his magazine "George."  The theme for the illustrations in the magazine were described as "politics as pop culture". The article goes into great detail the Cindy Crawford/George Washington cover, the Demi Moore as Betsy Ross, Barbara Streisand as......now who was it?

I don't get it that someone so close to the fire could have been so consumed by triviliaties.  More explicitly, it would make a lot more sense, with the overwhelming evidence that rogue members of CIA killed his father, for JFK Jr. to have be committed to either a) reforming our corrupt system, or b) demanding a reinvestigation into his father's death.

What a bizairre relationship America has with the Kennedy's; this blending of politics and pop culture.  So often their photographs are splashed across magazine covers & articles (as in this VF piece) as if to say, let us, the American people, admire this family of political leaders with such great genes!  And at the same time 2 of them have been killed by our government.

vell, anyway, I also listened to a good interview between Sean Stone and Gary Franchi having to do with things like FEMA camps, and Franchi's relationship with Aaron Russo.


Wordy Wednesday June 4

Well it's been another one of those weeks.  I watched some movies and read some blogs and listened to some audiobooks...or really one audiobook to be precise;

A Visit From the Goon Squad.  Pretty tempting to tear this book to shreds, which I guess is what I am going to do.  It's more aggravating to read a bad book that's won a Pulitzer Prize than to just read a bad book.  If you know what I'm saying.  So yeah, my Twitter review, were I to write one, would read something like, "If I wanted to read five separate novels, that is what I would have checked out at the library."  Another biting and pertinent quip; "writers write to express, not to impress."  So yeah, Jennifer Egan's trying to do way too much with this book, what with the eclectic assortment of short stories, all told through an overwhelming number of different character's perspectives, the totally non-linear narrative (I really wanted & was waiting, for the entire book, to get back to that conversation between Benny and Sasha in the first story...and we never did!), the use of a variety of writing voices, including second voice, and even one section that was some sort of powerpoint presentation (hard to decipher from an audiobook).