The Film Doctor's second anniversary
It's easy to understand why we don't weigh these public ramifications in our procreation decisions, but it doesn't make it right."
---Stephen Frears and Tamara Drewe
---Dan North and the Simpsons' trip to the moon
---the consequences of eating crap:
"A bit of historical context: The fast food industry was "revolutionized" and came to world dominance while Soviet communism was collapsing. And corn was the cornerstone of that revolution. In critiques of "our national eating disorder" that inspired the makers of King Corn, Michael Pollan observed: "If you take a McDonald's meal, you're eating corn . . . It holds together your McNuggets, it sweetens your soda pop, it fattens your meat . . . So when you're at McDonald's, you're eating Iowa food. Everything on your plate is corn." This is true of most fast foods and processed foods. One can begin to think about commercial U.S. culture as "corn-fed" in a broader sense: corn-fed culture has fueled the rise of a particular sort of American politics and economics during the "globalization" process. Vandana Shiva (1993) may describe the fast food empire as an imperialistic "monoculture." But for many U.S. citizens, the proliferation of McDonald's in Moscow and East Europe was proof of the "end of history" and a cause for triumphalist celebration. To be sure, McDonald's became a locus of considerable resistance: the French saw the proliferation of U.S. fast food chains as a threat to family farms and localized food cultures. But in a public sphere in which the interests of industrial food and American military might are often conflated, fast food franchises became a default symbol for freedom. American soldiers during the invasion of Iraq expressed dismay that the Iraqis had "nothing" in comparison to the liberating Americans, where even in the smallest of towns, fast food eateries were ubiquitous."
---The Breaking Winds cover Lady Gaga
---search results and recent changes in journalism
---Marilynne Robinson contemplates the mystery of consciousness
---lastly, Bellamy and Howard discuss Hitchcock's decidedly not minor To Catch a Thief