Sunday, January 22, 2017

We're pregnant

Dear Hannah,

Yesterday I met a man celebrating a pregnancy, and when I asked him if the baby was his he pointed at a man and said "we're pregnant." I laughed and then congratulated him.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What was Aleppo?

Dear Hannah,

To my knowledge nobody I know knows of the meaning of Aleppo.  We know that it's in Syria.  We know that Assad has been bombing it.  We know that it's what the women are referring to as "a humanitarian crisis," and what the men are referring to as "a point of strategic importance."  Nobody has told me why the Syrians are more important than the thousands of women and children being butchered by drug lords in Mexico; or why Assad is more threatening to us than said drug lords in Mexico; or why the people are being bombed in Aleppo in the first place; or why Assad is a bad guy and the rebels are good.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Westworld: a review

Dear Hannah,

HBO's first season of Westworld is so good that we're worried it will continue; and in doing so joins a series of series that would have been better if they'd left them unfinished.  The first series I remember starting this well was The Matrix, followed by two sequels that gave us more of the story but none of the magic; followed by things like The Hunger Games, which eventually gave us a solution when what we actually wanted was more of the problem.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Carrie Fisher, world class beauty

Dear Hannah,

People who say Carrie Fisher should be remembered for her brains all have one thing in common: none of them will be remembered for their brains.  She was beautiful and that's beyond dispute; and she'll be remembered as long as Star Wars is still selling and Slave Leia is warping our sexuality.  What she won't be remembered for is her activism or her attitude.  We could have hired any woman to scold Harrison Ford for a decade -- that's the thing we call marriage.  But the glory of doing it and still having us want her belongs to her face.  And secondly it belongs to that metal bikini.