Is Hope Always Such A Wonderful Thing?


“Is [hope] not rather a form of moral cowardice that allows us to escape from reality and prolong human suffering?” Simon Critchley’s answer to that question (via Prometheus, St. Paul, Thucydides, Nietzsche, and Barack Obama) isn’t really as bleak as that question might lead you to expect.

The P.T. Barnum Of The Small Screen


George Schlatter “was buds with the Rat Pack. He made stars out of unknowns Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and was fired from ‘The Judy Garland Show’ after five episodes because he and CBS disagreed about his vision for the variety series.”

Poetry, Sex, And Agatha Christie

Sophie Hannah

“All through childhood I wrote verses and mysteries. There is, for me, one connection: structure. My poetry is metrical, rhyming. My crime novels are highly structured. I never start out with a dead body. I start with an impossible scenario. Opening questions should be mysterious, weird, intriguing and contain the seeds of the solution.”

Spain Bans Aerial Drones – And Deeply Wounds Its Film Industry


“Cromática 45 says it has had four orders cancelled since last week; Camfly has seen 15 orders disappear, ‘all the work until October’; and the Andalusia Film Commission has even had to stop a project for the Andalusian regional government. ‘Today the answer [to clients] is that it’s not possible. We’ll see about tomorrow,’ says Querol.”

Is There *Any* Way To Make The Comcast/Time Warner Merger OK?

Comcast Time Warner

Maybe? “There is no better example of the existence of our Second Gilded Age than Comcast. Government has made it possible for the company to exert economic power unheard of a generation ago. If this deal is to go through, Comcast should be required to pay dearly for the privilege of exerting market domination.”