‘From A to Z it's totally trivial’:
about Condi’s Nancy Sinatra boots
strikes the right chord from the get-go: ‘Only in Washington. ...’
Actually, it could also be applied in some cases to ‘Only in Cambridge ...’
Virginity and war movies:
Armchair Gen. Savin Hill sadly agrees
that the Greatest War Movies List
just can’t compete with confessions
about virginity, adultery, secret desires to slaughter co-workers etc. He also breaks the news that Hub Blog won’t be getting a book contract:
“You're not going to get a book contract from your blog (unlike Jeffrey) because of other reasons:
“a.) The publishing world is in New York. ...
“b.) You write about Boston. ...
“c.) If you write about losing your virginity at 40-something, it's just pathetic, not amusing
“d.) People who give out book contracts at publishing companies are usually 20-somethings with no knowledge of anything outside of Manhattan and Manhattan cocktail parties.
“BTW: I just saw ‘Troy’ -- and I'd love to know why this movie got panned by the critics. It's good. Solid two-and-a-half stars for a war movie, with extra credit for actually making the Iliad’s main characters human. Actually, I know why the movie got bad reviews. Because I doubt there's one in fifty movie reviewers who've actually read the Iliad. How can a bunch of hair-highlighting failed English majors be expected to understand a movie based on one of the classics of literature?
“I highly recommend the new Lombardo translation of The Iliad. One of Hector's speeches: ‘Paris, you desperate womanizing pretty boy! ... No, don't stand up to Menelaus: you might find out what kind of a man it is whose wife you're sleeping with. You think you're lyre will help you, or Aphrodite's gifts, your hair, your pretty face - when you sprawl in the dust?’ ”