Did Socrates need to die?
Do some voices need to be silenced? [Read more…]
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Coincidentally, I started reading Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic and Civil War about the same time I started watching Game of Thrones. In that context, Game of Thrones comes across as a PBS dramatic re-enactment of history, except for the dragons and boobs. All the most ridiculous aspects of Game of Thrones are there in Caesar’s memoirs: the daily backstabbing and plotting, the wars fought between clans at the drop of a hat, the shifting alliances, the exotically contrasting cultures. Add in the later legends of the sexual politics of Cleopatra, and betrayal by Brutus and his cohorts, and there’s not much missing. It makes the characters, the evil, of Game of Thrones that much more real: we did behave that way once.
The Onion did well with this satirical (I imagine) editorial from Woody Allen. Here, Woody discusses his recent Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award– and the response from family members accusing him of molesting his adopted daughter (no, another one).
Here’s The Onion’s Woody: [Read more…]
Slings & Arrows is one of the great shows of television’s New Golden Age, and one of its least known. It’s a tragedy, in that such a treasure of art and entertainment has in effect lain dormant, and all who have not watched it are so much the poorer for it. But we may still be captains of our fate!