Browsing Month January, 2003

“The Insignificance of Larry David. The Little Things,” by Lee Siegel from

;There has been a lot of handwringing during the past thirty years over the way mainstream culture has appropriated the adversarial energies of the avant-garde. But comedy was a last bastion of lucid insanity: long after Rothko sold paintings to the Four Seasons, Lenny Bruce was still manically holding forth on stage.

556,000 dollars is the salar

556,000 dollars is the salary of the chairman of the US government’s Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

40,000 dollars is the signing bonus for engineers enlisting with the Canadian Forces.

“On Bummery: A Lesson in Etiquette, Pt. 2,” by Joe Keohane from

;There is a case for not getting the homeless off the street—not necessarily allowing them to starve and freeze, mind you, but not getting rid of them either. This approach ties in to our city’s collective self-esteem. What feels better after a stressful day than dropping a nickel into some maundering stinkpot’s paper cup? It more…

“A state of ‘curiosities’,” by Vince Statent from the

;Marvin “Bad News” Barnes was the most free-spirited of the many free-spirited basketball players who passed through Louisville in the days of the Kentucky Colonels in the old American Basketball Association. Marvin ate McDonald’s hamburgers on the bench, paraded around the dressing room in a full-length mink coat, with his uniform underneath, and accused his more…

383,000 hectares of park and forest

383,000 hectares of park and forest have been consumed by fire in the Australian state of Victoria since January 8.

“Forcing Kids to Say Pledge Is the Type of ‘Patriotism’ Hitler Insisted Upon,” by Will Bagley from t

;In 1935, 12-year-old Lillian and 10-year-old Billy Gobitas of Minersville, Pa., refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. For this, the children were ridiculed and stoned, expelled from school. The town’s largest church boycotted the family business. Their father sued, and the Gobitas’ case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which made one more…

Boosters are professional shoplift

Boosters are professional shoplifters.

Joe Satriani comments in the story “Where did the guitar solo go? Vocalists fill the vacuum left by

;It’s true that you can listen to popular radio for a long time, and you won’t hear a guitar solo or any instrumental refrain whatsoever that reflects an individual person in the band. It’s not necessarily just the guitarist. There are no keyboard solos, there are no sax solos. There are just no solos.

11 million people

11 million people living in the United States can claim Scottish citizenship, more than the current population of all of Scotland.