Category: Pop Culture

The Prophetic Power of Fortune Cookies

I picked up a bug on a recent trip and after fighting it for several days, I got full-on sick.  You know how it goes: one minute you’re feeling vaguely under the weather and the next you’re weak, coughing, alternating between fever and chills, and generally praying for death. My throat was feeling like I’d eaten ground glass, so I…

The Horror of a World Without e-Books

I remember it like it happened yesterday.   I was having lunch with a friend about 12 years ago and when I asked her what was new she told me her husband had just bought her a kindle, and she was obsessed with it. “A kindle?” I asked.  “What’s that?” She pulled her little device out of her purse and began…

Running Into Your Past

“Look, it had to happen at some point. In a city of eight million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife.”       — When Harry Met Sally    The other day I decided to upgrade my phone to something that with a screen large enough that my aging eyes could see without squinting and a battery that might…

“Here’s What They Need to Do…”

“For every complex problem, there’s a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”    — H.L. Mencken  Did you ever notice how some people think they’re experts on topics they know nothing about?  And these same people always have some super simple thing that will solve a complex problem, that clearly you, the actual expert on this topic, just haven’t…

Re-imagining the Past

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about how we re-imagine the past.  It’s interesting how we look back at things from when we were younger and using today’s frame of reference, either judge them as better or worse than they were. There’s a couple of very striking examples of this that have come up over the past week.  First,…

Black Friday as a Racist & Classist Sport

I hate shopping.  I really, really hate it. I’d rather do almost anything than go shopping.  I haven’t stepped foot in a mall in years – malls make me claustrophobic and cranky.  Needless to say, I avoid Black Friday like the plague. But that’s because I can.  I can, and do, have the economic privilege that allows me to avoid…