Thank you for feeling as contemptuous of the opinions expressed by Heidi Julavits in today's Salon circle jerk (is this going to become a regular feature of the site? A daily poll of patronizing reactionaries?) as I did. She and her "Italian friend" are silly people and I hope they realize it before they go a-knockin' on the doors of the immoral, brain dead mob they confidently consider themselves above. Heidi Julavits likes to play teacher in her essays but like all bad teachers she offers little in the way of instruction or contradiction. She's a scold and a drip and it is infuriating to read her thoughts on any subject. Lower your petticoat, Heidi; now's not the time for your tears.
I felt sick when George W. was re-elected (and I am Canadian!), not only because I feel he is unfit to lead but because it seemed to me that it revealed how truly terrified Americans are of the world they find themselves in. Too scared to vote for Kerry, too scared not to vote for George Bush seems like a more apt analysis of the situation than "medieval". I don't think it would hurt Salon writers to mingle with the other half of the voting population--you know the people who don't work at Salon?--not as earnest advocates for moral change but as equally flawed human beings looking for a way through the shitstorm.
Often, in the course of one man's life, a task emerges, and unlike any other, takes on its own life, not to mention a body, not unlike those inflatable men with flailing arms used to tempt you into car dealerships.
Any self-proclaimed artist with a penchant for smelling his own funk can suspend himself in plexiglas-only a real artiste, (read: self destructive tendencies off measurable scales) would take on instapud. I am duly impressed and horrified.
Hi, I love the idea of appropriating Michael Weiner Savage's name, but he appropriated my cousin the Real Michael Savage's name and my maiden name. I wrote an e-mail to Weiner strongly suggesting that we may seek legal redress for this illegal use of our proud family name. To date I have received no response. No need for you to respond to my e-mail. I just thought you might get a snicker out of this illegal fart suing other people for use of his illegal name.
Dear Mr. Pollack, do you lean right or lean left? Or possibly, neither (read libertarian/Wiccan)?
Despite repeated readings of your brilliant (or possibly wrong-headed) blog, I am unable to discern you political inclinations. Is this satire? Tongue-in-cheek musings on peaceniks? Bone dry send up of war-blogging? Or, could you be SERIOUS? I feel that I cannot properly decide whether I am with you or against you if you do not state your party affiliation/s.
The Right To Party
In "The Right to Party" on Alternet, you wrote: "and I cannot argue with the fact that "sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects," but is this really something that needs to be legislated?
Maybe I have taken this out of context or perhaps you meant something else, but what teenager doesn't learn about sex through "sexual activity outside of the context of marriage"? Would you/will you tell your teenaged children that they are harming themselves if they engage in any sexual activity (kissing, petting) outside of marriage?
Perhaps you meant something more like "engage in unprotected sexual intercourse until you are an adult"? Even then I might argue with you, but at least it would sound less extreme.
Or did you mean "sexual activity for married people with someone other than their legal partner"?
The Right To Party
I just read your peice, "The Right to Party" at http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16145 with some interest. Now I'm over reading you and getting aquainted on your website. I have bookmarked you.
I have been watching the puritans here in America take over with mounting alarm.
We seem to be on similar wavelengths when it comes to wishing to see a PartyParty form. Fun lovers better gear up to do something soon, or it really will be too late to do anything about this sorry state of affairs.
I operate a Nobody for President website at www.vote-nobody.com and vend at Pacific NW hempfests. Its providing an interesting base from which to set out on more challenging lines of endeavor. Part of our plan is to get to the point where we build our own moveable stage and start our own rock&roll travelling salvation show.
So lets do it! Form a Party Party...or at least put me on your list & keep me informed if there are any stirrings or developments along these lines.
In the interim, here's betting I'm as busy as you are in an attempt to discover how to best make myself useful in fighting and rolling back these neocon Xtian bastards.
The Party Party
I just read your article posted at Alternet, "The Right to Party" and agree wholeheartedly. Beyond that I had no idea you existed. :-) But I like the idea, and love Rock and Roll, too.
Well, a long time ago I felt America was too prudish, so I joined the Libertarian Party. We can always use more guys with your sort of enthusiastic attitude.
Neal (et al) -
Actually, there already is a national political party that firmly supports our right to party -- and do anything else we want to, so long as it doesn't hurt others. We firmly support the right of people to have freedom of speech and music, smoke dope, have sex however they want to, and do ANYTHING else, so long as doing so doesn't cause harm to another person. (I should warn the potential unstable reader that we also support firmly enforcing penalties for those whose "fun" ends up causing harm to others; along with rights, we need responsibilities!)
The Libertarian Party has been around for thirty years or so, and is the third-largest political party in the United States. We've had presidential candidates on the ballot in all fifty states, or in all but one or two, in just about every election since then. So far, we have only a bit over 300 people elected, but we're working for freedom.
It's called the Libertarian Party, and I highly (pun intended) recommend that you check them out at:http://www.lp.org/
Neal Pollack For President
Hi Neal. I think you should run for President. Nobody knows about the sex scandals and drug addiction yet, so you've got to strike now.