Too Many Bees For One Bonnet
In a world filled with infinite possibilities, a Broad can easily become overwhelmed with choosing one. This week's top ten contenders are:
- Radio: Why do I love to listen to Randi "putting the Broad in Broadcasting" Rhodes, even when when she drives me crazy? Let's start with the Limbaugh bashing and go from there.
- Civics: Ok, I know I'm NOT preaching to the converted. Some of you still don't vote. Get out there on Tuesday, November 7. I mean it! And I don't want to hear any of your stupid excuses either!
- Multi-tasking: Because life's not dangerous enough, some of you have decided to up the ante. Ten points to those of you who can manage talking on your cell phone while skate-boarding, smoking while biking and an extra 5 pts. to those who combine the phone with a smoke while in motion, or either of the two on the bike with a beverage.
- Etiquette: While we broads have long bemoaned the spread-eagled gents on the trains, I have lately been having a problem with the ladies. Please note: YOU DON'T GET TO CROSS YOUR LEGS AT THE KNEE AND KICK REPEATEDLY ON A CROWDED TRAIN. You just don't.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Did you see BillMoyers Faith and Reason on PBS last night? One of his interviews was with author Mary Gordon. Among other fascinating things she noted that only her faith keeps her from a murderous rampage against Hummer drivers. Damn, now I'm going to have to find someone else to do my dirty work!
- Television: While we here at BS delight in bad TV, it is still a bit of a mystery as to why it is even more enjoyable to read it re-capped rather than to watch it, courtesy of Television Without Pity.
- More Television: Is anyone actually watching The Bachelor, Rome?
- Podcasting: Like reading TV, listening to art: Bad At Sports' podcasts are my new obsession.
- Fame: Normally I filter out emails from e-flux and browse through them quickly before tossing them, but one recently caught my eye. From the press release: Under the programmatic title Anonymous: In the Future No One Will Be Famous, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents an exhibition with works by 11 international artists who – like the curator – will remain unnamed. In their Notes toward a Manifesto, the initiators of the exhibition proclaim: “Anonymous artists wish to wriggle the status quo into a status incognitos. Their aim is to remove the increasing barbarization of thought via short circuits and fast lanes created by the marketing of artists as brands whose works have become masterpieces in ignorance of philosophy.” As Manifestos go, it's an interesting idea. Whether or not it is self-defeating or a thinly veiled publicity stunt, we shall see. Or maybe noone will care.
- Happiness: Waiting for an order of Chinese take-out revealed a fine collection of reading material, including a back issue of New York Magazine with an article by Jennifer Senior entitled "Some Dark Thoughts On Happiness," returning us to the original premise that too much choice can lead to indecision and discontent.