WHEN SENSITIVITIES COLLIDE: This movie very carefully avoided portraying Arabs as the baddies. Instead, it features Colombians. Predictably, Colombians got furious. Maybe we should just go back to Russkie villains. Read more

“I used to live in a sewer. Now I live in a swamp. I’ve come up in the world.” –Linda Darnell, “No Way Out” Read more

“I GUESS WE GET MARRIED NOW…”*: Someday when you have a huge supply of liquor and a strong desire to understand the USA, try watching, in order, “Heathers,” “The Ice Storm,” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.” As I understand it, the first movie is simply bubblegum Gnostic (“Life sucks! Let’s blow up the school!” Oh for crying out loud, who cares? We all thought high school would kill us… if we didn’t kill it first. My favorite line from HS: “Homophobia… Read more

‘C’MON HEATHER, WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST, A BRAIN TUMOR?” : Yeah, I’m watching “Heathers” as we speak. Despite the hideous ending (apparently in the original ending J.D. actually blew up the school, but it was “too depressing”), the movie is hysterical. And it’s startling how much it–like the excellent “Ice Storm”–just assumes that a disruption of the family is a disaster for teens. (J.D. and his father ironically switch roles; in Heather #2’s big radio-show confessional, the last… Read more

TWO CONTESTS: First, posters for the protesters in NYC. For example: “SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE.” Or… VISUALIZE BETTER PUPPETS.” Or “KEEP INDUSTRY OUT OF INDIA.” Whatever. Second, rejected campaign theme songs. You know how every candidate has a snazzy theme song, like “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow.” (‘Cause there’s nothing that says “slinkster cool” quite like an aging Southern politico.) Well, I want your suggestions for the presidential and congressional races of 2002. Some examples are in order. Al… Read more

NEW JERSEY STATE OF MIND: My father’s home state has produced two of the most interesting and articulate voices of the pro-life movement–Bret Schundler and Lauryn Hill. Just a random observation. Read more

WE CAN BLOG IF WE WANT TO, we can leave GeoCities behind. Because GeoCities is muy lame. So here’s the deal: You can view my old page (if for some reason you want to) here. The Farm Dole, where I rake muck from the federal trough and call for farm welfare reform, is here. The Booklog (stuff I’ve said about stuff I’ve read) is here. Right now it has comments on Andre Gide’s Corydon, Pat Cadigan’s Mindplayers, Rebecca Brown’s The… Read more

AN EVIL PETTING ZOO!: “Angered by snubbing, Libya, China, Syria form Axis of Just As Evil.” Enjoy; the article is funny all the way down. Read more

FOOD NOT BUMS: This article from the Village Voice is mostly about a sexy anarchist named Warcry, and how she’s the Future of the Movement or some such. But the part that stood out for me concerned Food Not Bombs, the crusty-punk group that hands out free vegan food in public parks. I did this in high school. (The homeless guys told us we needed more salt in our brown leftovers stew. “Y’all don’t understand, black people gotta have salt.”)… Read more

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