Adding this to the “When I’m Rich” files
Monthly Archives: September 2009
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with, H.E. Paul Biya President of the Republic of Cameroon
and his wife, Mrs. Chantal Biya, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Tonight I will share with you my favorite essay about tacos and postmodernism, and also pretty much my favorite essay ever. It is called “Remembrance of Tacos Past” and it is by Mark Dery.
The early work of Glenn Beck, as exhibited in a 1999 The New York Times Magazine article on James Van de Velde, the main suspect in the 1998 murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin:
Without mentioning Van de Velde’s name, a local deejay, Glenn Beck, began marketing a “Yale professor doll” on his KC-101 morning show; in a pinched, snotty voice, the “doll” said: “A midterm will be held in the trunk of my car” and “I can’t understand you since I punctured your throat; did you say ‘thesis’ or ‘Jesus’?”
Van de Velde was never charged.
I’ve been looking at a lot of Chart Porn lately. Is this demeaning to charts? It relaxes me, ok?! I’m pretty sure they’re all adult charts…
In school news, I got my first alumna-give-us-money call tonight from Ewe Tea. I told them I couldn’t afford have dinner today, which was a lie. I had an orange. And a slice of stale bread. Dipped in gutter water.
Don’t worry alma mater. One day soon, when I am richer than Jim Carrey, I will make (and eat) these. And then maybe I will send you the change from the dollar coin I procured by panhandling in Brooklyn on Sunday (see previous post).
Panhandling is hard. I learned this today while moored in Brooklyn with nothing but $1.85 and a postage stamp to my name.
Media of the Week is the Helsinki Times, for debunking the myth last year that the Finnish language is devoid of small talk (It’s more like they have it but do not dare deign to use it. Admirable indeed, although there may be no better common denominator/world unifier than the weather/talking about the weather, so their sparse verbiage raises more questions than it answers).
For more relevant course material see the complete works of Aki Kaurismaki.