Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Some with specialties in children, trauma, Zen Buddhism and the intersection of religion and therapy, have taken inspiration from their practices to write screenplays, short stories, novels and nonfiction books. [...] The stuff of therapy is not only a lot stranger than fiction but also contains the ever-unfolding narrative of life, with its pain and pathos, feats and failures."And as the author of the article notes:
"That is some rich material for a writer."I am just going to come out and say what we're all thinking: no fair!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
So like many of you, I started watching "Jon and Kate + 8" the second it started becoming painfully and humiliatingly invasive of their private lives. Not above that. Never said I was.
When I watch "Jon and Kate + 8," I am part of an entirely different commercial demographic than I'm used to. Instead of sharing my viewing experience with Trekkies and 13-year-old boys (that would be syndicated Family Guy on Adult Swim), I'm ass-printing my couch with the non-ironic Mommies of the world. And probably a couple of hundred "What the fuck is this?" media academics.
For me, this means finding out whatever nostalgic childhood favorite has been run through the TV Dinner mill. You know, the thing that used to take enough time to foster family bonding (watching TV shows live, waiting for the bus sans iPod, "talking") but you can now do without having to look at or talk to anyone else?
Come to think of it, an iPod might have changed my life back in second grade. Would those two rottweilers who chased me to the bus stop every day had seemed that scary if I had been listening to Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True?" I guess we never will know.
Anywho, it seems that board games can now be enjoyed with the efficiency of a GM assembly line (sorry, I wrote this line before Monday). It's not Monopoly and Scrabble, but Monopoly POW! Scrabble ShaZAM! And Boggle Stop The Ride I Wanna Get Off!
For example, "New" Monopoly:
"Wheel and deal your way to a fortune even faster using debit cards instead of cash! All it takes is a card swipe for money to change hands. Now you can collect rent, buy properties and pay fines - with the touch of a button!"
It’s completely ridiculous. Everyone knows that the point of playing monopoly is to spend forty minutes deciding who the banker is, 25 minutes fighting over who gets to be the top hat, and 55 minutes devising complex property trading systems which usually involve the younger sister cleaning the older sister’s room and alphabetizing her comic books in exchange for play money.
Luckily, science has not yet devised a way to make Jon and Kate ultra-fucking-awkward in less than five seasons.