Sharpen Your Pencils, Class!
Enjoy this quiz from The Guardian:
The Good Old Naughty Days is a smorgasbord of amateur porn from cinema's infancy. But can you tell it apart from the highest expressions of the seventh art?
If you haven't read the whole document, here are the 8 "pillars" of the "plan":
Bitch Ph.D.'s response to the Hirshman article rocks my world:
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood and Scheidler v. National Organization for Women- TODAY, folks!
A new Web site under the auspices of Andrew Motion, the poet laureate of Britain, will collect recordings of poets reading their own works. The Poetry Archive (www.poetryarchive.co.uk) goes online today with recordings of Margaret Atwood, Harold Pinter, Simon Armitage, U. A. Fanthorpe and Seamus Heaney, who is listed as the organization's president. The site also has historical recordings by Robert Browning, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, and W. B. Yeats, among others. The recording project, begun five years ago, captured Charles Causley and Allen Curnow shortly before their deaths. "Actors may (or may not) read poems well,'' Mr. Motion said in a statement, "but poets have unique rights to their work, and unique insights and interests to offer as we hear their idiom, pacing, tone and emphases." He added, "They all, in their different ways, validate the intention of the archive to preserve the mystery of poetry while tearing away some of the prejudices which can make it appear unduly 'difficult' or separate from familiar life."
The Blinding Glare of the Obvious on the Today show:
That's Great . . . Just Great on the Women-of-Color-only "Vagina Monologues" and the subsequent backlash.
NEW Zealand's Green Party says a Qantas and Air New Zealand policy banning men from sitting next to unaccompanied children is discriminatory.
Sebastian Mallaby for the Washington Post:
New and improved, folks.
Throughout the last five years, as the Christian right has assumed ever greater power and prominence in America, the organized Jewish community has been remarkably quiescent. Traditionally, Jewish leaders have been among the most vigilant guardians of American secularism, seeing the separation of church and state as key to Jewish equality. But faced with an evangelical president who seemed inviolable and an alliance of convenience with the religious right over Israel, Jewish leaders didn't raise much of an outcry when billions of taxpayer dollars were diverted toward religious charities through Bush's faith-based initiative. They didn't make a fuss when the administration filled the bureaucracy with veterans of groups like the Family Research Council and the Christian Coalition. As leaders of the religious right and their allies in the Republican Party trumpeted plans to "take America back," observers detected growing anxiety among ordinary American Jews, but there was little response from organized Jewry.
According to the "MediaWise Video and Computer Game Report Card," the companies that make video games are more concerned with profits than protecting children from violent and sexually graphic material.
From Common Dreams:
NYT is filled with sick puppies. "Modern Love" hosts many of the worst culprits of the Times Style Section. And that's saying something. This week, Raya Kuzyk actually seems to brag about her innovative (despite my having seen it on a Kinkos commercial about a decade ago) manner of breaking up with her sort-of boyfriend (who just so happened to be engaged to someone else):
If you were anything like me in high school, dance class every day after school and aerobics instructor at the local Y, lover of yoga and weight training, loather of volleyball, dodgeball, flag football, and kickball, exercise-aficionado who couldn't get picked for the team, you'll be as happy as I am to read about the new trend in school P.E. programs:
Women are sitting down the poker table:
Bill Gifford on bike-travel.
I don't even know what to say about this nauseating thing, but I read it, so you should too. Maybe I'll recover enough to respond; maybe I'll never recover.
Over the weekend, I asked you to read Linda Hirschman's article about "stay-at-home feminists". Because it rocks.
Vincent J. Schodolski takes us into the strange world of couples ... without children.
1. Sex and Chess: Is She a Queen or a Pawn? from NYT's Sunday Styles.
It may comfort you to know that, despite "Rent" going Chris-Columbus-silver-screen, Jesse McKinley says the East Village has still got it:
You all know how I love to hate on the Baby Boomers?
Jessica Bennett gives a good rundown of the City Council Speakers Debate last week at Baruch:
Ron Galloway steps in on behalf of Walmart. Finally.
Decision was 4-1:
1. See Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
NYO on Rodham-Clinton on the war in Iraq: