The Image vs. The Idol

Like most self-respecting adults, I don’t pay much attention to “American Idol.” But, I was channel surfing last night when I happened upon it, and, homesick for America (I’ve been away for two months now), I decided to watch. I think I’ve seen an episode or two of it before, but never watched it. It…

Executive Hotties

One way or other, we were going to have a real stunner in the new administration (by broad consensus on beauty). I may be the only one in the universe to ever have thought that while Palin and Obama are both very good-looking people, they aren’t, like, you know. . . sizzling hot.  They are…

Gossip Girl Moment, With Apologies

What a summer!!  A dramatic, historic presidential primary, followed by the the biggest olympics blitz ever.   Perhaps the most pageantry-filled Democratic convention in a century (or EVER). All kinds of anniversaries (women’s suffrage, MLK’s march on Washington, Hurricane Katrina, Lincoln turns 200, LBJ turns 100. . .  many others noted by the media (you know…

Goodbye Little Chalkboard

There was something special about Tim Russert. He was no pompous anchor with an obvious (and feigned) erudition. Neither did he have that annoying “I’m-not-an-elitist” self-consciousness. He just seemed relatively normal and endearingly nerdy and he got excited about things! Even when I thought he was wrong (in the way he framed a question or…