Wordy Wednesday

I watched Cold Mountain (2003) this week.  This movie has tons of A-list actors (Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Portman) and they seemed too big for their characters.  It felt more like browsing through an issue of People Magazine than watching a movie about the Civil War.  (Do you really see that southern-hick woman and the southern belle or do you see Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman?)


Pathetic Privilege by Kevin D. Williamson

Wow, I just read this article about Lena Dunham from National Review by Kevin D. Williamson that totally knocked my socks off.

Maybe I'll say something snarky to LD on twitter; like "I bet you think being on the cover of National Review is the biggest joke in town" #wheninfactyouarethebiggestjokeintown.  Or maybe not.  Maybe I'll just let that tweet never exist except for in this blog post.


Tweet of the Week


Wordy Wednesday October 22nd

Yesterday I finished reading the Picture of Dorain Grey, and immediately afterwared attended a book group discussion.  Um, the question that still lingers for me about this book is whether or not the changes to the portrait actually took place--and if so, why & how--or were the changes only perceived by Dorian (and Basil Hallward)?  Everyone in the book group thought that they really took place (Otherwise, one woman argued, how would the portrait have killed Dorian?).

I'm less of a literalist and so think that Wilde had his characters see the changes in the portrait to make some sort of a point about beauty and art and aging, but he didn't want to have magic and surrealism come into play in his book.



NAS : Sex!

Our culture is obsessed with sex. With anyone! At anytime! If you want to, just do it! But, the Church teaches that sex was created for the context of marriage. Why do you choose to abstain? Why aren't you going around having sex with just anyone? How would you encourage others to do the same? How do you remain strong when everything in our culture is encouraging you to abandon your convictions?

Although until this point I've just been a lurker in the NAS series, I found that this topic provided me with much food for thought, and so I thought that I'd chime in.  This blog post will mostly answer the question, "Why do I choose to abstain".  

As a teenager and in my early 20s I 'bought into' the abstinence message due to a lot of rhetoric I received from family, church, and studying Theology of the Body.  

As I've grown older, however, I've seen over and over again that women who have sex with their boyfriends find themselves in U-D-E-S-I-R-A-B-L-E situations.  Here's just a few scenarios I've seen in my somewhat limited experience.  (Although the following are pretty personal examples, since this is an anonymous blog I'm sharing them here.)   


Bean Salad

1 Red Pepper, chopped
8 oz. can of corn kernels, drained
15 oz. can Garbonzo beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
olives, chopped (optional)
5-6 peppadew peppers (sweet small red peppers), chopped

juice from one lime
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 t. cumin
2 T olive oil
1/2 t. salt (you can add 1/4-1/2 t. more to taste)

Mix the dressing with ingredients thoroughly.  this salad will last several days in your fridge!


Wordy Wednesday October 15th.

This week I watched Richard Linklater's movie "Boyhood".

Loved loved loved this movie.  Let me elaborate.  Um, it took me awhile to finally get out and SEE this movie.  I had thought that it would very well be LONG and boring and have some offensive (ie explicitly sexual) content somewhere in it that would make me pissed to have spent money watching it in a theater.  So I put it off, tentatively planning to see it on a DVD, but there had been SO much talk about this movie; how cutting edge it was, and one movie reviewer, Chris Mancini, actually said that it was the best movie he's seen in a decade (or something like that) and I just felt like the momentum compelling me to go see this movie kept building and building and so finally I went out to see it.

And it did not let me down.  I did not once look at my watch during this movie!


They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe there was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK by Jesse Ventura

Almost made it through this book.  Got a little exhausted with Jesse's non-linear rants.  Although he claimed to be making 63 points, I think that it was more like 187 or something.

But the content is very very good.  A lot to take away, and perhaps this video stuck out as one of the most significant points;  www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSWSgcuYqDo


Wordy Wednesday October 8th

This week I listened to a few more of Pauly Shore's podcast Interested, and I liked it a lot more.  His podcast (I finally figured it out, it was a bit confusing at first) is an interview and then commentary on the interview with another person.  He goes back and forth between the interview and the commentary.  Must be a lot of work for the producer.

He interviews Arsenio Hall and the commentary-interview is with Paul Rodriguez.  Shore is way more in his element when discussing comedy as opposed to politics.  This was a cool interview since Hall is similar to Shore for me in that I saw a lot of him in the early 90s, and then he totally dropped of the plant.  As it turns out he retired from comedy to raise his son.  Which is so endearing.


wordy wednesday october 1st

The Vanity Fair October issue is a real who's who, profiling dozens of people in preparation for their New Establishment Summit October 8-9th.  The criteria for making it onto of their lists almost invariably involves earning/investing/squandering millions of dollars.  Some of these people include Ben Silbermann (Pinterest), Elon Musk (super wealthy investor-dude), and Sandra Bullock (Gravity made $617 million or something worldwide).  The magazine also features an Robert Downey Jr.  In the first few lines of the article the author names him the highest paid actor in the world (thus, by implication, meriting a cover shot and article and online video).