Our uncelebrated Paparazzi
"They call Jude Law Celebrity Dave, because his first name is really David and because he is fond of declaring, 'I am not a celebrity. I am an ac-tor.' Yeah, right, they all laugh. 'So I tell him,' one says, 'same here, mate. I'm not a pap. I am a phot-o-graph-er.'
"The paps refer to the stars by their first names—Kate, Amy, Kylie—as if mentioning friends, but it is a strangely alienated kind of intimacy for, unlike the consumers of their wares, they feel little curiosity about them. Affections and animosities are entirely commercial; everyone loves Kylie because she always 'gives up,' meaning she pauses on her doorstep and smiles, and everyone hates Sienna, because she shouts abuse and ducks. Much as traffic wardens wonder why motorists take tickets personally, the paps seem bemused that Sienna should hate them, when they are only playing their part in the publicity food chain off which she, too, feeds. Everyone—paps, editors, press agents, doormen—refers to the business as 'the game'; the rules of the game, playing the game, the name of the game...."
(From "Reaching for the stars" by Decca Aitkenhead, in The Guardian)
Reviews We Never Finished Reading, Dept.
"I'm one of those who believe that absolute knowledge is unattainable and that judgments must be continually questioned in order to attain relative certainty...." [First line of a review of a consumer electronic component]
But he didn't sign himself 'Mr. Irony'
[Political website comment] "I don't think we Americans are nice people any more. We used to be nice people. We're not that nice any more."
[Response in the thread] "I am sick of a--holes like you who run America down. If you don't have anything half way intelligent to say then shut the f--- up."
Fourteen of my 15 minutes
What can I say? It's my "Moonlight Sonata," my "Rock the Casbah" (or my "Copacabana")—The Post That Won't Die. It's recently been translated into Polish. The original still draws traffic. (Wish I could write another one as popular.)
Maybe people really do enjoy using Leicas more than other cameras.
Someday, he may not have photographers to kick around any more
Down, you despicable cur. I'm busy praying for brotherly love.
Printer expert Vincent Oliver pinned down
Which printer is best? "Rarely will I give a straight answer, just because everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to colour etc. But here is my shopping list of what I think are the top 10 printers, in order of preference—of course." (It's at the bottom of the page.)
Number of questions the major TV networks have asked the leading presidential candidates in the last year, ending yesterday, according to MoveOn.org: 2,679
Number that were about global warming: 3
Number that were about UFOs: 3
David Plowden on Studio 360
A lovely interview with David Plowden from Studio 360. Longish, but a very pleasant listen.
Mike (Thanks to "John," Tomasz, John Willard, Andrew Smith, Bob Peterson, and Edd Fuller)