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Obamarama

May 23, 2008

Perhaps it is folly to blog about this prematurely…but yeah.

This is happening. I am (hopefully) leaving work early tomorrow to hop a ride up to fair Middletown!

I haven’t been back to campus in a full two years now, which makes this the perfect time. Wes is still fresh in my mind but not too eerily familiar as to be totally bizarre. I’m very sorry to miss Dhaan’s party…but I’ve been meaning to get this Wes revisited thing out the way for a long time. An “unbeatable” opportunity.

Oh if any Wesleyan types out there have a place for me to stay for a couple nights…I shall buy you many beers!

Citizen Guy (The Motion Picture Event of the Century)

May 12, 2008

(southern drawl)…Rosebuuuud…

[Empty 40 oz bottle of Miller Hi Life drops from the dead man’s hand and shatters, dramatically]

In Xanadu did Larry the Cable Guy / a stately pleasure dome decree

Citizen Guy

NEWS ON THE MARCH

The increasing popularity of redneck parody comedian Larry the Cable Guy has led producers at Fox to give the green light to his longtime pet project, a shot-for-shot remake of Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane. Apparently the Cable Guy will play a pathological cable television baron whose entrepreneurial drive and search for acceptance stems from profound loneliness. Details of the pre-production schedule can be found on the comedian’s blog. Responding to questions from the press about his plans to shoot this controversial film, Mr. Guy has been quoted as saying “GIT-R-DONE!!!”

Eve Ensler for President

February 5, 2008

Given that I’m a Wes graduate, perhaps I’m a little late on the uptake as far as this stuff is concered. Nonetheless, I went to see Eve Ensler speak tonight at The New School, the progressive university in Greenwhich Village.

So she’s not an intellectual…but outside of academia I’ve never heard someone talk so forcefully about the thick, interconnected, many-sided nature of oppression in every day life.

I mean she drew the structural connections between the patriarchy, genocide, capitalism, the ritual removal of the clitoris, the war in Iraq, and the climate change catastrophe. According to her, the cultural attitudes that permit violence against women are the same ones which generate racism, class-ism, the gender binary, and war.

She’s not Ghandi…but I’ve never heard a more forceful argument for nonviolence.
Basically, I can’t remember the last time I was so inspired. Here’s a vid of Ms. Ensler:

“The Vagina Monologues” and its language of empowerment for women has given rise to a new iteration of global feminist power called V-Day, something which I’m sure most people have heard about by now. What’s cool about it is the truly transnational form it has taken, emerging through networks of information rather than bureaucratic top down configuration. Women all over the world, even in the most doggedly rigid cultural environments, have spoken up against the vicious and largely unreported violence against women that takes place every day. Raising awareness and building solidarity are the first steps to real, structural change, and I’m excited to be a part of it in whatever way possible.

Yay vaginas!

CELEBRITY DEATH SPATE!!!

January 22, 2008

Heartthrob celebrities are apparently the latest addition to the Endangered Species list. Heath Ledger and Brad Renfro have kicked the golden bucket in frighteningly quick succession.

Watch your rear end, Johnathon Taylor Thomas!