Category: Culture

Film, Television, Sex, Music, Literature, Pop

The Burden of Too Many Podiums

In the era of blogs and podcasts and independent, streaming news, I’ve been hesitant to agree when people blame “the media” for our problems.  Personally,  I can’t imagine taking CNN or MSNBC’s word for anything.  I certainly don’t agree with everything I hear on Fox and I can’t imagine slogging through a daily diet of..

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Today’s Big Box of Pure Gobbledygook

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of Stanford University, reminds the alumni, on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, that awful things have happened in this country, that these awful things are being studied, that new “clusters” of race-specialist faculty are being hired to combat the awful things, that they have a flashy new acronym (“IDEAL” — Inclusion,..

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Surfboard Triptych

Seen yesterday: at least a dozen spry old guys in their late 70s, at various points on the beach, trotting along in wet suits, with long boards under their arms, flirting with bikini-clad women five decades their junior.  Silver-chested endless summer.  Jimmy Buffett lives. Surf culture, which was once young, cheap and rebel-spirited is now..

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