Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Papers

Does Facebook turn us into narcissists? Apparently not, although I don’t think its dark side is fully understood yet, and that it may have already seen its finest hour. As my circle of friends grows, my usage has diminished.

More candidates for next week’s presidential election in Egypt; a Mubarak crony and a Nasserite.  Worldwide is optimistic, me, not so much. What can go wrong with the army running it and an undercurrent of religious fervor?

Austerity does not seem like the way to get the economy moving, but politicians and voters have no appetite for spending. Can’t we find a metaphor that we can all rally behind? If I could print money that the Chinese were happy to take in exchange for consumer goods I might not have to watch household spending so closely.

The social significance of Magic Johnson. Bigger than you might think. Supported Hillary over Obama in 2008. Doesn’t say much. But his accomplishments are myriad and laudable.

Garrison Keillor on travel. I always enjoy his writing but cannot abide his radio show.  I wonder why that is.


  1. I didn't say I was optimistic. I said that it's nice to have an election in which the winner is not necessarily decided ahead of time.

  2. I feel the same way about Keillor. I used to really enjoy the radio show, but overtime I started liking it less, to the point where I just can't stand it any more. I think the "wholesome midwesterners having some good ol'-fashioned radio fun" shtick ran out of juice a long time ago. (see also: "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me")