1) OK, since a blog is all about calling attention to yourself (it is, isn’t it? or is that just me?), let me refer you to an article of mine just published: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/weekinreview/24pennebaker.html?_r=1&ref=weekinreview&oref=slogin
What’s been funny about the whole experience is that I’ve heard from friends in Austin, Dallas, Houston — in fact, from all over the state. “Did you hear from any of our friends out-of-state?” my husband wanted to know.
No, I realized, I hadn’t. Not a word. Which is strange, because everybody we know reads The New York Times. Could it be that they’re sick of Texans and aren’t as interested in us as, say, we are about ourselves? Too painful to contemplate. Maybe they just didn’t see the piece.
2) Am constantly amazed to hear the odd assortment of people who are now pledging loyalty to Obama. I mean, really conservative, right-wingers. They’re voting for him, they’re enthusiastic, they’re even precinct captains. Strange and getting stranger. Don’t they realize that he’s left-of-center and doesn’t stand for anything they support? Just a question.
3) I’d really thought I couldn’t loathe Ralph Nader more than I already did. Had even avoided that documentary about him, because I knew it would just re-enrage me, and who needs that? But now, here he is, running for president once again and I want to scream bloody murder.
What a shame that he’s squandering a once-noble legacy of consumer activism. Sad that this may be what he’ll be remembered for — as a spoiler, an egotist who can’t bear to leave the spotlight, one of those sad figures who fails to realize that it’s his turn to back away and remain quiet for a time. Remarkably like Bill Clinton, who’s recently managed to turn back a tide of affection and respect for his work and status as a former president.
4) Watching the Academy Awards with friends last night, I was struck again by the wonderful talent and warmth of the movie “Once,” which won for its original song, “Falling Slowly.” Please — see it, if you haven’t already. Or see it again, if you’ve already seen it. Once isn’t enough.