Archive for June, 2009

Horrible

This weekend I accidentally clicked on a mention of smallpox in Wikipedia. That landed me on Wiki’s smallpox page and I saw the photo there. I was going to link to it, but I find I can’t bring myself to go back and get the url. Let me stress that what I saw has not […]

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Who the fuck would trust this guy?

I don’t mean anything against him, he might be perfectly honest, but come on. He’s the new chief executive of ICANN, the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers. The group’s name sounds like it came from the Onion, but the place is real and plays a crucial part in running the market for domain […]

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Michael’s post-Michael story

[update, An article by the journalist with the inside track to Michael apocalypse stories.] I’m back in Montreal and just ran into Griffy, the highly strung, sixtyish intellectual who works as janitor for the building where I live. He’s always watching cable news and he loves to pour out his thoughts, so he gave me […]

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“Does any of this really matter?”

The new Palin profile in Vanity Fair. Haven’t read it yet, just bumped across a significant passage. A rival candidate for governor speaks: Andrew Halcro later remembered that he and Palin once compared notes about their many encounters, and she said, “Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers, and yet […]

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You got to see it

I’m going to link to a web site where you’ll see photos of Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Prince Philip, George W. Bush, etc. One man keeps showing up in all those photos, someone you have never seen or heard of. I know that man and I have good reason to think the pictures are genuine. […]

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Out of it

I never cared much about Farrah Fawcett. Nothing against her, but nothing for her. She was just around. The two starlets who made an impression on me were Jenny Agutter and Cristina Raines. Neither of them got anywhere. But Raines starred in a miniseries called Loose Change (it was about the 60s) and had the […]

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The Girl with the Golden Eyes

It’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read. When I was a kid I liked Pere Goriot and Eugenie Grandet, and I managed to get thru Lost Illusions. I thought I was toughened up to Balzac’s eccentricities. But Girl is a disaster. It could have been a one-page “Ribald Tale,” or whatever Playboy used […]

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