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The pre-Avatar media blitz was something else, wasn’t it? Seemed you couldn’t pick up a magazine or turn on the telly without seeing a profile of James Cameron. When I read the New Yorker‘s take on him, I got hung up on this: “Creating a universe is daunting,” George Lucas said. “I’m glad Jim is doing it—there are only a few people in the world who are nuts enough to. I did it with ‘Star Wars,’ and now he’s trying to challenge that. It’s a […]

Without words

It’s been, what — two weeks? — since the season finale of Californication aired and I still can’t get “Rocket Man” out of my head. I don’t particularly like Elton John, but this scene just blew me away. It was an uneven season, and I often couldn’t make up my mind whether I was watching one of the best of the HBO/Showtime bunch or one of the worst. Commenters at New York magazine’s site were similarly ambivalent about the season, but I was surprised how […]

True story: I was a little uncomfortable leaving the big NYC penis image at the top of the page. What if I didn’t post for a week or two — do I want this thing dangling there indefinitely? Like the old saying about wearing clean underwear in case you’re hit by a car crossing the street. So I did up a post on this video (below), which had me laughing out loud in the Starbucks the first time I watched it, and told WordPress to […]

Anatomy of the city

On the subway today trying to explain the MTA map to the curious kid. Looking at it anew, I noticed — not that I shared this with him — yeah, it does look like a shlong, doesn’t it? All in all it was a nice visit to the Upper East Urethra but I’m glad to be home in west Bozack. [Image from Subway Art Blog.]


The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “unfriend” as its word of the year. Problem: The term is de-friend, not unfriend. I have de-friended numerous people over the years. Twitter is a different matter — on Twitter you follow, and then when the person starts spouting a bunch of Fox News garbage you unfollow. But on Facebook and MySpace you do not unfriend. You de-friend. Unfriend doesn’t sound at all right. That was my reaction when I heard of the OED’s pick. It was also Facebook […]

A $60,000 salary [in New York] buys the same standard of living as someone making $26,092 in Atlanta, according to the Center for an Urban Future. Bearer of bad tidings was Jason Buhrmester. If you live in Atlanta, buy his book — you can afford it.

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