Sunday, January 15, 2017

2016's Word of the Year


The American Dialect Society met last week to vote on 2016's word of the year.

Their decision? The two-word term dumpster fire, defined as "an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation."

According to the ADS, "The expression came to be used metaphorically, a rough equivalent of train wreck, chiefly on sports radio, before being circulated in wider use as a highly negative term for such events as the 2016 election season."

Were "safe spaces," "trigger warnings," and "fake news" runners up?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Death and Our Culture of Celebrity


It's been difficult to comport with the contrasting headlines and images in the news.

A record 762 murders and 4,368 shootings in Chicago in 2016. More than New York City and Los Angeles combined.


Audry Miller, Andrew Holmes

Contrast that with the surfeit of social media keening and Warhol-inspired idolatry for celebrities.

The 2017 Chicago and celebrity death counts have already begun. Chicago's ahead.

Chris Barker
Chris Barker
The New Yorker ~ Emily Flake
Michael Ramirez

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thalassotherapy

Lambert's Cove Beach ~ Lia Potter
Thalassotherapy is the medical use of seawater as therapy. Since the days of the Roman Empire, people have known they feel better after a swim in salt water. My skin, eyes and sinuses are always clearer in the summer months. Come on summer.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

An Analog Christmas

Lots of books under the Christmas tree this year.
Everyone has their nose in the right place, a good book.
Vineyard Haven ~ Bunch of Grapes

Friday, December 23, 2016

Secret Santa

Leave it to New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast to rethink Santa Claus in the age of Anthony Weiner.

The New Yorker ~ Roz Chast

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Perfectly Imperfect

I scanned a headline online last week that Patti Smith forgot the lyrics to Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall during her live tribute at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies in Stockholm. Like a lot of things you read online, this particular headline missed the larger story of why Smith was there in the first place, how she came to choose and sing that particular song, and how her "flub" became artistry that moved me and others to tears.

Read her story, How Does It Feel, and then watch her sing.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bloomberg Legitimizes Fake News

The editors at Bloomberg legitimize fake news with their Pessimist's Guide to 2017.

These "predictions" are headed with the Bloomberg News logo and Breaking News graphics, and are enabled for one-click tweeting and social media sharing.

What Bloomberg, no prediction about Michael Bloomberg's 2020 presidential run?