I'm going to admit right off the bat that the title of this post as nothing to do with the content. I just couldn't resist. I'm thrilled by Her, a sci-fi romantic comedy directed by Spike Jones, who was also the co-creator of that ridiculously awful show, Jackass, on MTV, a fact that baffles me. Anyhow, I'll go … Continue reading Avoid “Her”pes—Fall in Love With Your Laptop
I've been trying to think of all the truly philosophical novels I've read, and I must admit, I'm coming up short. Very short. Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is always the first to come to my mind. I consider this truly a philosophical novel as the concepts are illustrated by the story, inextricably integrated: "Why does my action … Continue reading The Philosophical Novel
Okay so let's say you're invited to a Halloween party and you have to dress up. Or let's say you don't have a party to go to, and you don't have plans, but you're gonna dress up anyways because you're awesomely lame. And let's say you like being the one whom everyone asks, "So...what...are you?" … Continue reading Awesomely Lame Halloween Costume Ideas
My father died four years ago today. If he were still alive he'd be 68 years old. I thought I'd give a tribute to him, but I didn't want to simply talk about what sort of person he was, as I imagine that would be boring for you. Instead, I want to focus on one … Continue reading A Story in Pictures
For the past week I've been rushing home every night to catch The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Ken Burns. I'm not really a big Ken Burns fan. And yes, it's the fiddle music. But this one is worth a watch. (And the music is not so incessant.) The episode on the Great Depression made me wonder … Continue reading Roosevelt and Obama: Did we avoid a Great Depression?