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Saturday September 13, 2014

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I read this last Sunday, eating lunch outside at Cafe Presse on 12th, as has been my habit this long summer; then I reread it to Patricia when she arrived (that's also my habit). It's from Rick Perlstein's book ”The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.“ We're in 1975/76, post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, and a Senate committee run by Sen. Frank Church (D-ID, back when Ds could be from ID) is investigating what exactly the CIA had been doing with our tax dollars in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Some of the stuff—assassinations of foreign leaders, opening mail of U.S. citizens—isn't particularly palatable, but you get the feeling Americans were more upset by the latter than the former. 

This is the part I reread to Patricia:

It never became any kind of campaign issue; in public opinion polls slightly more citizens disapproved than approved of the Pike and Church committees, and a majority feared they'd harmed national security.

That's why Jason Bourne is the perfect American hero. He's a CIA supersoldier who does the dirty work, then develops amnesia. He's keeps us both safe and innocent.


Posted at 11:59 AM on Sep 13, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday September 12, 2014

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“How could anyone hate the Royals? It’s like hating Charlie Brown.”

-- Joe Posnanski, in his post, “Yo Joe! Unanimity, Stadium Names and Field Goals,” responding to a Cleveland reader who says over and over how much he hates the Royals.

Peanuts McCovey

Why couldn't Brett have hit just one more triple?!?

Posted at 11:22 AM on Sep 12, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday September 06, 2014

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“Should studios be worried [about the weak summer box office]? I think they should be, a little. It’s probably not a complete coincidence that the year’s biggest surprise hit, The Lego Movie, is a self-aware fable predicting an eventual revolt by a captive audience that’s tired of being told that everything is awesome when everything isn’t. Accordingly, this summer provided a jolting reminder that there are some things even unstoppable systematized marketing can’t overcome: American moviegoers tend to get bored with a franchise by the fourth installment (Transformers), there is such a thing as rebooting too soon (Amazing Spider-Man 2), stars can lose their star power (BlendedEdge of Tomorrow), audiences can smell a cheap knockoff a mile away (Into the Storm), a sense of same-iness can turn a seemingly guaranteed home run into a mere triple (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and sometimes an idea is exactly as bad as it sounds (Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys). Yes, huge overseas grosses pulled a number of domestic shortfallers into very solid profit, but nobody believes that level of international enthusiasm is going to last forever. Historically, audiences in other countries tend to tire of the same stuff that Americans do; they just do it two or three years (or one sequel) later. On the bright side, the greater-than-predicted success of MaleficentLucy, and The Fault in Our Stars suggests that there might possibly be some money to be made in pursuing a demographic that … what’s it called … not “men,” but … I’m blanking. Forget I mentioned it.”

-- Mark Harris, “Hollywood’s Horrid Summer: Why the Box Office Has Been Worse Than It Looks (and Won’t Get Better Soon),” on the Grantland site. BTW: If we are tiring of being told that everything is awesome when it isn't? That's really, really good. See this.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Whistling past the graveyard? “Amazing Spider-Man 2” grossed half of what “Spider-Man” grossed in 2002. Adjust for the inflation and it's one-third. 

Posted at 05:58 AM on Sep 06, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday September 04, 2014

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“It is in the nature of photographs to haunt. Even Instagram can capture only what’s passed, the gone moment. The logo for Snapchat is a white ghost, sticking out his pink tongue: a smiley face, blowing a raspberry. I once visited a man in New Hampshire, a collector who had turned his garage into a museum for more than five thousand daguerreotypes, all portraits. He’d picked them up at yard sales. He had no idea who any of the sitters were, no names for five thousand faces of people loved only by the long dead. His garage was like a morgue crammed with unclaimed bodies, like the cloud of dust where crumpled old Facebook pages end their days.”

-- Jill LePore, in her New Yorker piece “Watching the Killing,” about the three photographs of summer that most haunted her.

Posted at 01:25 PM on Sep 04, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday September 01, 2014

Quote of the Day

From David Carr's review of Nick Davies' book, “Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch”:

While Davies is a populist and a partisan who loves catching out the rich and punishing elites, he clearly believes that the common folk of Britain have gotten exactly the government and media they deserve.

This is my feeling about the U.S. as well—particularly the folks who voted for Reagan then wondered where the middle class went.

Posted at 06:20 PM on Sep 01, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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