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Anti-War activism

All this anti-war activism (that never gets reported, of course, except in places like the Village Voice) reminds me of my grandmother, Anna Zuckerman, who devoted her life to peace activism. I remember when I was a child, during the Vietnam war, she had a framed poster on her wall that said: War is unhealthy for children and other living…

Ozmidala

Bizarre late night ramblings on Oz-like things… ….and forced coincidences. This week Entertainment Weekly featured Natalie Portman and an article on Star Wars. The picture reminded me so much of the cover of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz that I am beginning to wonder if Oz was influential to the production designers. Interestingly enough, an article in the Chicago…

It’s all about the Galleons

Harry Potter is all the rage, of course. Some people are happy about that and others aren’t. Crooked Dimwit is one of those who isn’t. Annoyed and exhausted by the Harry Potter hype, Crooked Dimwit argues that the media overstates Harry’s preeminence at the box office. Because the rating system ignores inflation, HP rankings are actually exaggerated. When adjusted for…

I Dream of Jeannie

As a kid, I liked I Dream of Jeannie without understanding what Jeannie stood for. On the one hand, Jeannie is one chick who seriously needs a copy of The Feminine Mystique. On the other, it’s delightful that the psychiatrist, Dr. Bellows himself (now there’s a pun for a name), was pathologized and neuroticized. How funny is that. Also, feminist…