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Don’t Let Sean Penn’s Joke Distract You From All That Other White People Stuff At the Oscars

February 23, 2015

 

The moment he paused the first time, after being handed the envelope with the name of Best Picture at this year’s Oscars,  I knew Sean Penn was heading towards a joke.  And then he paused again, in apparent disbelief, and finally delivered the line, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card? Birdman!”

Solidarity without Affect: The MLA Subconference Enters Its Second Year

I was at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention some years ago, waiting to meet up with a friend in the lobby of one of the hotels.  We were trying to find each other in the midst of the crowds, and he insisted he was in the lobby itself; I insisted I couldn’t see him.

Charles Manson and Gay Marriage

November 18, 2014

 

The internet is abuzz with the news that the 80-year-old Charles Manson Manson might be marrying his long-time girlfriend Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name “Star.”

 

There is, of course, incredulity all around, but I’m amused by one strand in the commentary that has been showing up: the apparent ridiculousness of the idea that a mass murderer like Charles Manson can marry but gay people still can’t do so in every state.

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