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30 October 2006

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.


Blogger This Broad said...

Maybe we should let our reader(s) vote.
Hey you out there, let us know what variety of BS you would like to consume in the coming weeks and we'll see what we can do.

But we're definitely gonna tackle that happiness concept soon whether you like it or not. That was one deep article Ms. That posted. Worth the time, if you have it.

9:13 PM  
Blogger *ArtStar* said...

sorry i just have to say - i love this blog! - just needed to share my love. : )


10:19 PM  
Blogger That Broad said...

thank you *artstar* for that delightful comment.

And I will have you all know that I only went back to that take-out place to finish the article before realizing I could get it online.

10:29 PM  
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