Saturday, July 26, 2003

Roll end credits

Alas, TV-93 is no more. The Madison radio station that played all TV theme songs, all the time has finished its testing and begun playing songs in its true format--drum roll please, maestro: classic rock.

I like the gist of the station manager in that article: we're playing the classic rock the other classic rock stations don't play.

TV-93 was fun while it lasted. It's so unusual to hear something different on the commercial airwaves.

Radio is depressing.
Porn for and by people who have read at least 15 pages of Foucault

There is an exciting new pansexual web site for adults--all the models look like troubled University of Chicago undergraduates.

Check 'em out.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Rue. So?

I seem to recall reading or talking with someone about how Jean-Jacques Rousseau theorized sympathy--i.e. why we feel sympathy when we see suffering (and, if I'm not mistaken, what the implications are for social institutions, law, etc.).

But I have no idea where in Rousseau this is. I may be completely wrong that he discussed this at all. (Philosophy was never my strong suit.) Can someone better edjmacated help me? Cursory googling didn't turn up so much.
Cloud Nine

I just interviewed Earl and Louise Scruggs. They are wonderful, courtly, gracious people. They are good old Nashville folks. They sound like home--they way they sound, they could be one of any number of older couples I went to church with back in the day. Wow. Wow.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Ereck is singing XTC in the shower.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Yes to Jesper

Let's hear it for Jesper Parnevik.

And especially his beautiful clothes, which got him and Mark Roe in trouble at the British Open last weekend.

It seems that Brunching Shuttlecocks is going dark--that is, there will be no new examples of its gentle, geeky satire. (Apparently the old material will stay up indefinitely.)

I've long been a casual fan of the Shuttlecocks--especially the ratings of arbitrary collections of things like breakfast cereals, facial hair, and labors of Hercules. The ratings were always esoteric, always well reasoned. Apparently they will live on at

Adieu, kind shuttlecocks. May your last brunch be your sweetest.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Jerome Corn

Hey, look who's in the New York Times today.

Monday, July 21, 2003

We are family

"[I was] surprised when I suddenly found myself having these feelings for a woman that I always had for men, but for a woman--wanting to touch her and kiss her."

--Angelina Jolie, quoted in Us Weekly, July 28, 2003, p43