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Angela's Ashes

Angela’s AshesLiteracy Weblog) I’m reading Frank McCort’s Angela’s Ashes. I recently showed a video, “People Like Us,” to my Seminar in Thinking and Writing students. In the video, a talking head says that everyone with class aspirations has a copy of Angela’s Ashes, but that nobody has read it. Kind of like the opposite of The Bridges of Madison County, which people with class apsirations tried to hide. Anyway, my…

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Disney's Mickey Mouse Set to Turn 75

Disney started producing films for a new animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, in 1927. | Mickey Mouse was conceived the next year during a cross-country train ride, according to the “official” company history. Walt Disney had just been forced to give up the Oswald rights to his ruthless New York distributor, who had exercised copyright control over the character. | On the ride back home to Los Angeles, Disney…

Why I say welcome

Some may not like the US President, but we should all appreciate what America has done for the world …. I don’t want the Americans to go home. In fact I am terrified of what would happen if they did. Their going home in the past has often meant suffering for others. Sure, I want them to change. I want more consistency. I want Bush to stop tolerating the nastystans…

Spoof brand names snapped up for real

Aviva, Diageo, Corus… the trend for rebranding companies with “nonsense” names has led to some notable additions to the corporate lexicon. | But a stunt designed to ridicule the tendency has come back to haunt its creators after several spoof names were registered for real. –Spoof brand names snapped up for real (BBC) Thanks for the suggestion, Rosemary.

We need to pull ourselves together

A large number of my patients ascribe their current unhappiness to the fact that they were not offered counselling at the time of an unpleasant occurrence, such as a surgical operation or the death of a friend or relative. Every form of human suffering, it seems, is susceptible to the magical powers of therapy. It is the superstition of our age. –Theodore Dalyrmple reviews Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi –We…