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 inflation, Gone with the Wind ranks the highest grossing movie of all time while HP ranks well at the bottom half of the top 100 box office earners. As an aside, GWTW has *sixty* years of re-releases added into its total whereas HP has beenRead More →

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 critic Lynn Spigel makes a great point in “From Domestic Space to Outer Space” (in Close Encounters: Film, Feminism, and Science Fiction, ed. Penley et al.): “The patriarchal splendors of the space project are ironically cast aside as a woman is able to accomplish theRead More →

Scary Thing #1 American Council of Trustees and Alumni Lynn Cheney and her organization, The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, is trying to shut down dissent about the “war” in Afghanistan and the government’s response to the WTC. This organization published a manifesto, entitled “Defending Civilization: How Our Universities are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It,” that collects various quotes from university professors and students in response to the WTC. You can read various write-ups about this report from the following sites: Conservatives Denounce Dissent at Common Dreams News Center (a reprint from the Boston Globe) Lynn Cheney’s Campus Crusade atRead More →

Like everyone else, this WTC thing has really scared me. The event itself is surreal. What scares me most is the way we are reacting to it. I know I am not the first to say this, either. Neither is Michael Moore, but he did make a statement about it in “Mike’s Message” on 9/12/01. For the record, I love Michael Moore. I love the things he says and the way he says them. He is so sharp. As usual, Mike has some shocking things to say about the nation’s response to the WTC. Unfortunately, the most recent messages aren’t archived, so you have toRead More →

Gareth Kemerling’s Philosophy Page has a link to Donna Haraway. The Philosophy Page is an excellent resource. It is a dictionary of terms and philosophers plus a timeline of the development philosophical ideas. It is rich in both content and links. And it has pictures of a lot of the philosophers. Weird pictures. One of Althusser whose face is sagging like a Dali clock. And B.F. Skinner‘s hair! He looks like he’s on a roller coaster. Friedrich Schleiermacher is the scariest of all! I would not want to meet him in a dark alley. And Arthur Schopenhauer — Mein Gott! Either Kemerling has a bizarreRead More →

I yearn for Brigit Books in Tampa, where the scent of incense reigns, and where I felt a sense of community. So now I am reduced to web shopping or supporting Barnes&Noble. There are two B&Ns here, one the aptly named Corporate Drive and the other in the LSU Union, which some people call Barnes&Fogle after the provost who sealed the deal to close the independent bookstore and replace it with the corporatized B&N despite widespread campus outcry. Lately I have been avoiding Amazon, choosing instead to support small bookstores or presses on line. I’ve had a couple of interesting finds. Seal Press, which publishesRead More →

What is the difference is between a blog and a journal? Mimi Nguyen’s Slander page has a section of blogs. Surfing from her page onto her friends’ pages shows they also have blogs. It took me a while to figure out what a blog was exactly, probably because I was caffeine deprived. But ‘blog, which is short for weblog, is basically a surfing journal. Blogs have become pretty popular, it seems, especially since there are whole webrings devoted to blogging. Blogs have become an integral part of web culture just like zines. Now, Mimi’s Slander page has an interesting journal entry that talks about whetherRead More →