Brexit, he said, “is accelerating the disintegration of the Western world.” Contemplating that world, so carefully constructed after the war he fought in, he said: “Perhaps it was just a bubble in an ocean.” I asked him about the special Anglo-American relationship. “Ah, ‘the special relationship,’ ” he said. “It was a necessary myth, a bit like Christianity. But now where do we go?” The End of the Anglo-American Order – The New York Times
We will remember Friedman for interviewing 76 percent of the world’s taxi drivers, for predicting “the next six months will be critical” on 14 occasions over two and a half years (birthing the neologism, “the Friedman unit”), and for his unmatched, God-given ability to write nonsensical metaphors, like his classic “rule of holes”: “When you’re in one, stop digging. When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.”Matt Taibbi Reviews Thomas Friedman Book, ‘Thank You for Being Late’
[Welsh] is precious, and it has the disadvantage of being invisible. If there’s an ancient, historical building that represents a whole culture – if that’s wiped out then people are in uproar. But something as fragile as a living language, it’s harder to manifest itself visually in people’s imagination.Gruff Rhys talks Fuzzy Logic and Brexit
Normally, this would be both the beginning and the zenith of my whining, but I’m gonna be honest with you folks: things are going great on the sex front. No one of my advanced years should be having good sex; they should be complaining to a wizened, bespectacled physician and/or groundskeeper about their lumbago and/or plumbago. However, facts are facts, and the facts are, this socialist is getting some. Leonard Pierce reviews 2016 and finds one single ray of sunshine
David Myhr, tidligere en halvpart av The Merrymakers, har ekstremt mange gode poplåter på samvittigheten. I 2014 ga han ut sangen Vänta inte på mig til soundtracket til filmen Micke & Veronica (som forøvrig har gått meg hus forbi).
Dette er første gang jeg har hørt ham synge på svensk. Ikke uventet er popteften fortsatt på plass, men litt mer uventet var det at å gå fra engelsk til svensk så til de grader skulle illustrere hvor kort vei det egentlig er fra powerpop til schläger. Uansett, her er litt solskinn på en grå høstdag.
Mr. Berlusconi was able to govern Italy for as long as he did mostly thanks to the incompetence of his opposition. It was so rabidly obsessed with his personality that any substantive political debate disappeared; it focused only on personal attacks, the effect of which was to increase Mr. Berlusconi’s popularity. His secret was an ability to set off a Pavlovian reaction among his leftist opponents, which engendered instantaneous sympathy in most moderate voters. Mr. Trump is no different. Luigi Zingales: The Right Way to Resist Trump
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016
This looks pretty neat. I love me some Luc Besson, even if he’s slight on plots from time to time. Film is a visual medium, and I subscribe to the view that you can enjoy a visual spectacle on its own merits.
That said, I hope the movie does the comic book justice. This look like a straight-forward action movie, whereas the comics typically featured good plots and solid characterization. Here’s hoping.