The erasure of Tom Bombadil in the definitive cinematic account of Middle Earth is appalling.
Mr Rock is naive to think he’s still living in the 1950s.
Before there was Bono, Mr Springsteen had long been the American Bono.
Richard III was a blonde, his reign was more fun than previously known.
Hastings: More pity that the eagles should be mewed,
Whiles kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
Richard: The world is grown so bad
That wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch.
Shakespeare, Richard III
Some feudal institutions live on in a significantly diminished form (e.g., the English fox hunt). Others are more robust than they were in the twelfth century (e.g., the University).
If Jürgen Habermas is correct, the public sphere has been a cesspool since the middle of the nineteenth century. There’s nothing new about the level of debasement found in the twitterverse. All that has changed is the method and speed of delivery of the textual rubbish.
Mr Geldof has overtaken Bono as the most disdained rocker in the world.
It’s important to dress well for the revolution. The “Young Spartacist League” (or “Young Sparts”) used to turn up at rallies in the most modish attire (at least on the West Coast). It was enough to make me think twice about abandoning the Orthodox Marxist worker’s bib for Critical Theory’s classic couture. In contrast, today’s Black Bloc are the Ninja Turtles of radical dressing.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tells women not to ask for a raise to achieve pay equity. Microsoft is a dinosaur.
Despite the Nobel Peace Prize awards, there’s little hope for optimism in India and Pakistan for women and girls.
Apparently, it takes three days to make a cronut. Culinary genius can’t be rushed.
After Rush, Nickelback is the most important Canadian band (by far).
Regarding U2: It’s not easy being the most important band in the world, thirty years running.