“I get it. You’re an aspiring author. You live in New York and you have writers block. You sit by your window that has a view of a fire escape and a dirty sock stuck in a tree, and *LIGHTBULB* you have your next pitch. You hate New York. It’s loud, it’s dirty, and a bum just peed on your leg. You’re from a small town and this is no place like home. You can’t stand the high rent, the emotional women and the rush of people on the morning subway. Inserting some strong metaphor and vivid imagery, you come to the conclusion that New York makes you crazy. However, as you frantically type, like the climax of a romantic comedy, you spiral out of your sardonic and critical feelings toward the ole Apple and wait, yes, it’s true, you love the city in which you dwell! The pizza is crispy, the opportunities are endless and the bum that recently defiled you is now telling you a thought-provoking sob story involving him and a fortune five hundred company back in the 80s. You love to hate New York, you decide, but you hate to love it too.”—
“The library represents that branch of government that’s like the smart kid—the teacher’s favorite. And the library always wins. They get whatever they want. Everybody loves them—nobody can say anything. People who work in the library think they are so much better than everyone else. And what’s really funny is we’ve been doing Q&A’s about our show, and people from local governments have said, “You guys nailed it about the library.” We were just making it up as a joke on the show, but I guess everyone hates the library.”—
01 Catfish 02 Blue Valentine 03 Winter’s Bone 04 Exit Through the Gift Shop 05 Inception 06 Please Give 07 127 Hours 08 The Kids Are All Right 09 The Social Network 10 The Tillman Story 11 The American 12 Never Let Me Go 13 Marwencol 14 The Fighter 15 Restrepo 16 I’m Still Here 17 Inside Job 18…
Mine will be largely different, but these are bankable.
“Film producer Harvey Weinstein joked to reporters backstage that “there are seven people that we’ve hired to kill him and deservedly so”. “Knowing that Ricky Gervais will never work again means a lot to me, I’m going to make sure of it,” he said.”—
Ricky Gervais was richer than Croesus before he ever crossed the Atlantic, Harvey. That’s why he does not give a fuck if you’re offended. Do you think he would have made ‘The Invention of Lying’ if the opinions of Americans mattered to him?
Gervais’ comedy is the bitter incision of the outsider. That he’s making cool kids cry is probably why he gets out of bed, straps on his solid gold slippers and goes to work.
The key to understanding the G.O.P. analysis of health reform is that the party’s leaders are not, in fact, opposed to reform because they believe it will increase the deficit. Nor are they opposed because they seriously believe that it will be “job-killing” (which it won’t be). They’re against reform because it would cover the uninsured — and that’s something they just don’t want to do.
And it’s not about the money. As I tried to explain in my last column, the modern G.O.P. has been taken over by an ideology in which the suffering of the unfortunate isn’t a proper concern of government, and alleviating that suffering at taxpayer expense is immoral, never mind how little it costs.
Given that their minds were made up from the beginning, top Republicans weren’t interested in and didn’t need any real policy analysis — in fact, they’re basically contemptuous of such analysis, something that shines through in their health care report. All they ever needed or wanted were some numbers and charts to wave at the press, fooling some people into believing that we’re having some kind of rational discussion. We aren’t.
The GOP is counting on the American population’s credulity, or perhaps believes that we — like them — want to live in a dog-eat-dog, every-man-for-himself sort of society. The kind of society where people step over people dying in the street rather than help them. The kind of society where children go hungry while the well-off are watching football with full stomachs. Where poor people die because their state has cut off funding for organ transplants. A place where everyone fervently believes that the poor, sick, and needy deserve whatever befalls them.