Saturday, February 14, 2015

In the NY Times this Weekend - February 14, 2015

Apologies for the late post today. Lazy Saturday here in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Outside the windows of my apartment on the third floor of ItNYTtW World Headquarters, the snow is softly falling in the alley. Reminds me of the closing paragraph of James Joyce's The Dead. Sitting here listening to the new Father John Misty LP. Came to me via "Vinyl Me, Please." Double album that plays at 45rpm. Found that out the hard way (the correct speed). Now then...

Check out the interview with Obama advisor David Axelrod. A true believer. I give Axelrod a lot of credit here. He's very objective when it comes to evaluating the Obama presidency. I particularly admire his response to the second to last question. I agree that a lot of people seemed to think that electing President Obama was going to turn the United States into a Utopia of racial and political harmony overnight.  Those were unrealistic expectations. I'd like to read more of Axelrod's perspectives so based on this interview, I'm going to pick up a copy of his book. How about you? 

T - The NY Times Style Magazine
This thing's about 200 pages of ads filled with stick thin women wearing ridiculous looking clothes, but push through that dross to find the article on that nutty Icelandic cuckoo bird Bjork. I know, her again. Can't help it, she's endlessly interesting. In this feature article she talks about her creative process and continuing desire to match her music with compelling visual images. She also discusses her upcoming new album, which includes lyrics that address the break up of her long time relationship with the artist Matthew Barney.

Just read a mildly depressing article about dating in NYC that's centered around the Tinder mobile app all the kids are using to hook up these days. The reporter talks about going out with a group of friends to a bar on the Upper East Side of NYC and how upon arriving, all of them took out their SmartPhones and started Tinder-ing. I guess talking to each other was too boring. I'm not a Luddite when it comes to technology, mobile apps, etc., but give me some spirited conversation and debate any time over swiping through pics on my phone. What's your take on this latest chapter in online dating?

Great piece by Timothy Egan on Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show I like Stewart a lot and think he's very smart and funny. But I also think he spends too much time preaching to the choir and believe there are just as many targets for his barbs on the left as there are on the right. But having said that, Stewart's spot-on wisecrack about Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas and his maddening position on gay state workers made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that one, Jon. Absolutely spot-on.

Today's section features three of the most beautiful women to ever come out of Hollywood - Ava Gardner, Ann Margret and one of my all time favorites, Sophia Loren. The latter is featured in a Q&A talking about her autobiography and some of the films she made. She closes the interview by talking about her favorite film location - Hydra in Greece - where she starred in the movie "The Boy on a Dolphin." I'm sure I speak for many men (and probably more than a few women) when I say, "Grazie, Sophia" for making that particular movie. Ahem...

More tomorrow. Sorry again for late post. Hope you enjoy. Be sure to click on the links and please leave comments.


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