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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Here's some internet reading that I've enjoyed lately - hope you feel the same.

I desperately DON'T want to see The Reader get best picture next weekend at the Oscars.  Ron Rosembaum from Slate seems to agree , though his argument is far more detailed than mine (it's just a lousy movie). He writes:

What, exactly, was the Kate Winslet character's "personal triumph"? While in prison for participation in an act of mass murder that was particularly gruesome and personal, given the generally impersonal extermination process—as a death camp guard, she helped ensure 300 Jewish women locked in a burning church would die in the fire—she taught herself to read! What a heartwarming fable about the wonders of literacy and its ability to improve the life of an Auschwitz mass murderer!

Scott Marks, I believe you have some choice words about The Reader ?  Care to chime in?

This article really resonated with me.  If you've allowed your identity to become closely tied to your profession, then losing your job and dire economic forecasts can really wreak havoc on your well being.  The article suggests ways to combat this, and cites the example of a veteran foreign correspondent in Dallas who took a buy-out in 2006 and now  mangages a high-end strip club.  

The cop from the Village People is heading to court

Here's an article about M.I.A. being a possible terrorist sympathizer.  To be honest, I'm suggesting this article so that I can post the pic of her Grammy outfit.  I love Grammy fashion and am preparing for the snoozefest that will be the staid Oscar-wear. 

Have you been following the arrest of renowned graffiti and fine artist Shepard Fairey?  Creator of the Obama Hope poster?  Here's the latest .

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