MonthMarch 2005

Lies

This from Reuters:

Top Cardinal Blasts ‘Da Vinci Code’ as ‘Cheap Lies’

Choice quote:

“You can find that book everywhere and the risk is that many people who read it believe that those fairy tales are real,” [Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone] said.

You certainly wouldn’t want people reading a book full of baseless fairy tales, and then believing it’s all totally true. Oh no. Couldn’t have that. Tsk Tsk.

Regrettable

I recently purchased “The Gallery of Regrettable Food” and “Interior Desecrations” by James Lileks. They are, respectively, a book about horrible food from the 50’s through to the 70’s, and a book about horrible interior design from the 70’s.

I read the Gallery first. It was funny and all, and they really are terrible looking pictures of food, oh yes. I was amused.

But tonight, I read Interior Desecrations.

I don’t think I actually laughed at anything in it. But it, several times, it actually produced a totally visceral result from me. I found myself turning a page, and saying things like “Fuuuuuck!” and “Holy SHIT!” and “Oh, Jesus, no.”

It’s genius. There are 70’s home decorating designs in this book which quite literally make me wince involuntarily.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I surely will be coming back to it. It’s like a permanent traffic accident which I can now drive past whenever I want, and rubberneck the grisly results.

Glorious.

To Grudgingly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Someone’s willing to contribute US$3M to keep the crapfest that was “Enterprise” dragging on for another fucking season.

In related news, (a) “Firefly” and “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” are STILL OFF THE AIR, and (b) There Is No God.

JSR