Monthly Archives: January 2006

Thoughts on “24”

Another great episode. Jack wailing away on the Joe Scarborough-like presidential aide was a highlight, for sure. But a couple of holes: First of all, wasn’t the whole reason Jack faked his own death because the Chinese government was after him? Shouldn’t that come up again at some point, since the Chinese presumably still want him?
And secondly, we knew Logan was a wuss, but when he went along with Walt’s plot (if even for only a few minutes), didn’t that constitute treason, or at the very least an impeachable offense? I mean, the White House chief of staff knowingly aided a terrorist plot- and the biggest real-life political scandal in recent years was the Valerie Plame leak?

Down With Art House Snobs

Bryan Curtis in Slate has a wonderful smackdown of the crowds at art-house movies, and agrees that such people are even more annoying and bothersome than multiplex audiences. The best part:

Lately, the New York art houses have been beset by stealth diners. Strange, because many art houses now have gourmet cafes that offer vanilla bean cake and, in the case of New York’s IFC Center, organic popcorn topped with truffle butter. But art-house patrons, more so than multiplexers, prefer bringing their own. As soon as the lights dim, a loud collective unwrapping begins, signaling a furtive meal that will last through the opening reels of the movie and end, somewhat dramatically, with a loud crunching of paper. Instead of the smell of buttery popcorn, the art-house aroma is one of contraband sashimi and Whole Foods takeout. Harris Dew, a programmer at the IFC Center, reports encountering high levels of raw carrots and celery: “It’s not an odor you expect in a movie theater, and it’s kind of disconcerting.” The munching seems to reflect a sense of entitlement, a snobbery that says if you’re smart enough to select the right kind of movie, then you should be able to act however you want when you get there.

Yes, it’s a stereotype. But sometimes stereotypes are true.


Ever wonder what it would be like if the Klan suddenly became the majority party in Congress*? We’re about to see that in the Palestinian Authority, as Hamas decisively won Palestinian legislative elections yesterday. For those who have argued for years that most average Palestinians aren’t really extremists, aren’t really Islamists, and don’t really support terrorism, this week’s events are a bit of a setback.
Expect to see a spectacular meltdown in international support for the Palestinian cause, and (almost certainly) no Palestinian state in the foreseeable future. I mean, is there any precident for this, a full-on terrorist organization winning a free-and-fair democratic election?
*Look on the bright side: I can’t imagine the Klan would have had anything to do with Jack Abramoff.