Okay, There Will Be Blood didn't win Best Picture (see 2/22 post), but if you're gonna lose, lose to fellow Princeton Tigers the Coen Brothers! Now, as for the all these foreigners who won the statues, lawd have mercy....sadly we've seen the end of real American acting in Hollywood. Interesting social/political commentary there when you examine the type of roles for which these folks won (I don't count the French girl who won). Anyone care to venture how?
Stay tuned for my interview with Mat Johnson over his contribution to The Darker Mask and of course his groundbreaking graphic novel Incognegro (see previous posts). And check out my partner Gary Phillips' new work, High Rollers, published by Mark Waid and the folks at Boom! Studios (Mark's the award winning writer of iconic Fantastic Four, Justice League and many, many stories in the comic realm).
Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live and endorsed Hillary Clinton. OK. About as much there dap as Fred Armisen playing Barack. Then again, Fred did do a great Prince. I was truly impressed, however, with Mike Huckabee on the "Weekend Update" segment. He might not be as "fundamentalist" as folks think. Be real--he 's as much a populist as Obama. Even more so, as he can hide behind the anti-gay, anti-abortion stuff. My view: the right wingers and GOP need another terrorist attack and a couple of more New York Times articles on McCain to gel the troops--otherwise game fricking over come November. Even if Hillary's the nominee.
Ralph Nader's lost his damn mind. Even his diehard pals have learned their lesson from 2000. I am saddened to see a man who's dedicated his life, literally, to the public interest and has made us safer, made government and big business more accountable to human beings...now descend into self-absorption and lunacy. But yes, paradigms are shifting. You saw it in the initial "McCain madness." You saw it with Tavis Smiley, or Jesse's need to be relevant. Scary when your voice suddenly isn't the only one intelligent people want to hear, and even the ignorant are abandoning you.
Finally, several apologists for current insipid nonsense in African American "literature" have challenged me that we are not being dumbed-down. I beg them to consider Susan Jacoby's piece in the Washington Post last Sunday...oh and re-check Cora Daniels' still bestselling Ghetto Nation (Cora's interviewed on this blog) and Bill Cosby's Come On People, and get back to me on that view that things are just great, cool? Look, just because brain candy sells and pays your bills, doesn't mean you must be part of the machine condemning us all to get fat, toothless and diabetic. "Choice" is illusory in this anti-intellectual, marketing and hedge fund world of ours.