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April 07, 2008

Straight Talk Excess: John McCain called wife "cunt", "trollop"

John McCain called his wife Cindy a "cunt" in front of at least five witnesses on the campaign trail in 1992, according to Cliff Schecter's new book:

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days. [The Real McCain, PoliPoint Press, 2008.]

A "trollop"? John McCain, is indeed vying to be our first Ancient American president.

November 12, 2007

Norman Mailer

Oh, fuck, not Norman Mailer... Yes, Norman Mailer.

When I was twelve, I fell in love with The Executioner's Song when I stumbled on a copy in my parents' basement. They'd both put it aside because they thought, probably rightly, that it wasn't a very good book. Fair enough.

I never really liked any of Mailer's other books, except The Naked and the Dead.

A the time, I regarded TES as sort of a textbook on adulthood.

Systematic inaccuracies were discovered, but lessons learned were also retained.

I have a lot of female friends who say they were warped by Jane Austen at about the same age. I'm sure it was a similar process.

September 29, 2007

The Year of Living Biblically

A New York City journalist attempts to observe every rule in the Bible in modern-day Manhattan for an entire year--hilarity probably ensues.

HT: Metafilter.

June 20, 2007

Glenn Greenwald's new book

GreenwaldYou know you want it.

I sure do.

June 06, 2007

Tonight: The Christian right exposed at The Tank

Tonight at The Tank: Nationalists, Facists and Fanatics: The Christian Right's Threat to the Future of Democracy in America

June 6
Doors 6pm
Event 6:30

Panelists: Chris Hedges, Michelle Goldberg, John Dorhauer, and Frederick Clarkson

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM at the Tank, 279 Church Street (between Franklin and White),, and is sponsored by Ig Publishing,

This event is part of the promotional blitz for Ig Publishing's new title: Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion, by  Sheldon Culver and John Dorhauer

Join me, and/or read the coverage tomorrow at Majikthise.

May 21, 2007

Jessica Valenti on "Full Frontal Feminism"

Triumph, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

An interview with Jessica Valenti, founder of the popular feminist blog feministing, in which she talks about her new book Full Frontal Feminism.

I haven't read 3F yet, but I'm already shocked at the avalanche of highly personal criticism that has been directed towards Jessica and her book during its first few weeks in print.

Jessica has been a good friend and colleague of mine for several years. So, the attacks are really getting my back up.

People who haven't even read the book are attacking Jessica because of who she is (white, college educated, attractive), rather than what she actually says in her book.

Yes, there are inequities in the world. Yes, white, college educated, conventionally attractive people have unfair advantages.

It's still unfair and counterproductive to attack anyone for stuff they can't control--like race or physical appearance. If someone is leveraging their societal privilege for the greater good, it's unreasonable to detract from their substantive efforts by harping on their biography.

Reviewers I trust assure me that Jessica does address issues of race, class, and sexual orientation. Which is what I'd expect, based on her work at feministing, and that of her co-bloggers.

April 23, 2007

Full Frontal Feminism on sale now

I'm very pleased to announce that Jessica Valenti's new book Full Frontal Feminism is now available online.

You can read highlights from FFF here.

Clarification: This isn't an excerpt, it's an essay published in the Guardian summarizing Jessica's six key selling points for feminism.

Rebecca Traister interviews Jessica Valenti in Salon.

April 18, 2007

The Grateful Dead and philosophy

On our neighborhood fire trucks, originally uploaded by (ariel).


Congratulations to Steve Gimbel whose new book, The Grateful Dead and Philosophy is in press.

From the official blurb on the Open Court press website:

The Grateful Dead and Philosophy contains essays from twenty professional philosophers whose love of the music and scene have led them to reflect on different philosophical questions that arise from the enigma that is the Grateful Dead. Coming from a variety of perspectives, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, The Grateful Dead and Philosophy considers how the Grateful Dead fits into the broader trends of American thought running through pragmatism and the Beat poets, how the parking-lot scene with its tie-dyed t-shirt and veggie-burrito vendors was both a rejection and embrace of capitalism, and whether Jerry Garcia and the Buddha were more than just a couple of fat guys talking about peace. The lyrics of the Grateful Dead’s many songs are also the basis for several essays considering questions of fate and freedom, the nature-nurture debate, and gamblers’ ethics.

I always thought Operator was a good meditation on jealousy and privacy. The singer starts off trying to get a telephone operator to divulge details about some love interest of his. It becomes clear that the operator isn't going to give out that information. Eventually the singer gives up and realizes that whatever he thought he wanted to know wasn't that important anyway: I don't know where she's going, I don't care where she's been, Long as she's doin' it right. Long as she's doin' it right...

April 15, 2007

Yellow cake: Knut Royce interview

KATAMARI DAMACY CAKE!!!!, originally uploaded by Rakka.

The Talking Dog interviews Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Knut Royce.

Royce is the co-author of The Italian Letter, a new book about the forged documents that the Bush administration used to link Niger, yellow cake uranium, and Saddam Hussein as a pretext for the invasion of Iraq.

April 12, 2007

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut has died at the age of 84. [NYT]

HT: Loren.