Month: May 27, 2008

May 27,2008

On the sanctity of polling

An interesting* thing happened to me in the theater this weekend: while waiting to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I was asked by some Nielsen pollsters if I wouldn’t mind giving...

May 27,2008

Obamaweek, cont.

Wow. Give this piece a read. At least the good folks at Newsweek were honest about it this time, entitling Evan Thomas’s piece “A Memo to Senator Obama.” In it,...

May 27,2008

Why pay for what you can get for free?

I read a Chuck Klosterman column in Esquire a few months back–or, possibly in his collection IV–in which he mentioned, off-handedly, that downloading MP3s for free is stealing. He didn’t...

May 27,2008

Rethinking the Right

There has been much celebratory talk of the end of American conservatism, and not all of it is unjustified. When the last 01.20.09 Euro decal has been peeled from the back of the...

May 26,2008

Memorial Day Viewing

When I go home, people ask me: ‘Hey Hoot…why d’ya do it, man? Why? You some kinda war junkie?’ I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They...

May 26,2008

Sports (Does Not Equal Sign) Meritocracy

Hey, remember when I celebrated the NBA’s playoff system for being a meritocracy? Yeah, not so much in the South African Olympics teams. From the New York Times Olympics blog:...