Monday, November 20, 2006

"I'd like to be among the first to point out that the release date of your new book is also the 66th Anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, which officially began World War II.
"Note also that both share the Roman numeral II, as well."
Right you are, Henry. I know for a fact that Soft Skull Press, that left-leaning bastion of post-punk, hip-hop literature, thought this through. In both of my books, I draw parallels between Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia and second act of the "I Want to Break Free Video." (See Freddie's arm-raising in the "Radio Ga Ga" video, above.)
But no one listens to me. So the marketing team, under my guidance, made September 1 the Launch Date. "March to your bookstore and buy God Save My Queen II" is what I believe the copy deck for the ad says.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Who will win Oscar?
I was pleased to see the two leads from "Hotel Rwanda" nominated - Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo - but was annoyed at the exclusion of the film. It is without hesitation a MUST SEE FILM. The performances, the writing, the direction, and the production values are all exceptional.
I haven't honestly seen many of the award films - I've got a lot of movie viewing to tackle before I cast my SAG Awards vote - so I'll refrain from wider comment until I'm in a better position to evaluate.
Meanwhile, Hillary You Know Who contines to systematically position herself for the 2008 presidency. Check this out. She's softening her abortion stance, or her abortion rhetoric at the very least. She's angling for the "I support abortion but feel really bad about it" vote, throwing a bone to religious conservatives by acknowledging that faith and organized religion keep kids from having sex.
Not that her conversion is complete. Typical to Clinton fashion, she's talking out of both sides of her mouth: abortion and God talk out of the right side, Bush bashing out of the left.
Will the new Hillary rise, as the real Hillary slinks from plain sight?