American Culture

Nota Bene #29 Part 2 of 2

In “Is Lara Logan being smeared for her criticism of Iraq war coverage,” at Attytood, Will Bunch wonders why the love life — old news — of CBS’s chief foreign affairs correspondent is being splashed across newspaper and web pages. Bear in mind, she’s been complaining in print and on TV over the difficulty she’s been experiencing getting stories about Iraq on the air: “Is this just another low-grade tabloid scandal — or a message to journalists who dare to criticize big corporate media’s growing blackout on news from Iraq?” Maybe if CBS would let her report on Iraq in earnest, she wouldn’t have time for all these affairs.

In a Huffington Post article, “A ‘No-Brainer’ to Invest in Your 401(k) Plan? What if Everyone is Wrong?” Dan Solin writes: “Are you prepared for the possibility that the government could retroactively impose a new tax on distributions from your retirement accounts? It could happen. . . . In addition, looming darkly. . . is the uncertainty of the ordinary income tax rate at your retirement. . . . the lack of liquidity of retirement plans, the limited and often poor choice of investment options. . . and the high fees. . . you begin to question the unbridled enthusiasm of financial planners and the financial media for . . . these plans.”

In her New York Times Q&A, “Seeing the Light,” Deborah Solomon asked Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman (father of Uma): What do you think about when you meditate? Usually, some form of trying to excavate any kind of negative thing. . . and turn it toward the positive. For example, when I am annoyed with Dick Cheney, I meditate on how Dick Cheney was my mother in a previous life and nursed me at his breast. You mean you fantasize about being breast-fed by Dick Cheney? It’s a fantasy of. . . seeing his positive side, finding the mother in Dick Cheney.”

In his New York magazine article, “The Weary Blues: Hip-hop godfather Gil Scott-Heron’s out on parole, trying to stay clean, and ready for Carnegie Hall,” Marcus Baram quotes Princeton’s Cornel West: “His example has been a profound inspiration to me and so many others in terms of fusing the musical with the prophetic and being willing to take a risk or pay a cost in order to lay bare some unsettling truths with such artistic sophistication.”

In a New York Times article, “More Than Most, Lagat’s Coach Knows China,” Jere Longman reports on elite 1,500-meter runner Bernard Lagat’s coach, James Li, who’s from China: “China’s most eagerly anticipated event in Beijing will be the men’s 110-meter hurdles. A countryman, Liu Xiang, is the defending Olympic champion. . . . There is so much pressure on Liu that he seems ‘like a prisoner in his own country,’ Li said.

“A loss by Liu would leave China devastated, Li said, adding half-jokingly that he may want to go into hiding so he would not have to witness the fallout. ‘Not because I don’t want anybody to see me, but because I don’t want to see the look on people’s faces,’ Li said. ‘They may set his house on fire or throw rocks at it.'” Even though he recently lost the world record, Liu is an astonishing athlete.

In “P. Diddy waxes sexy” at Sex, Lies and Hollywood, Dave Hanson writes that the musician and entrepreneur “says his regimen includes manicures and pedicures and ‘I wax my privates.’   According to a source close to Diddy, the waxing isn’t just pleasurable for the ladies, it’s also about product placement; the singer pays his manscaper extra to create a little pubic topiary of the Sean John logo.” File under “Overshare.”

In “Obama’s Emails With Scarlett Johansson” at the Washington Post blog, The Trail, Shailagh Murray writes: “Sen. Barack Obama downplayed the idea that he hobnobs with actress Scarlett Johansson [who wonders how] the senator who is constantly traveling can return these personal emails? [Obama responded] ‘I write saying, thank you Scarlett for doing what you do, and suddenly we have this email relationship.'” If it’s true, though, who can blame him for enjoying the cyber-attentions of the dazzling young star? It’s not like she’s giving him phone sex.


A commenter to Murray’s post, Sam, said: “I am going to vote for him because that is what Scarlett wants. I feel like I should make Scarlett and her magnificent breasts happy.”

Another, Angriest Dog in the World, asks: “What in the world would he need with Scarlett when he has Super Obama Girl?”

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6 replies »

  1. Manscaper. Manscaper. Manscaper

    If I can keep repeating that word in my head, perhaps it will lose its value. Perhaps I will be able to unsee what I have seen.

  2. Sorry, Fikshun. I knew going in that the “ew” factor would be off the charts. I should have spared S&R’s readers.

    Yeah, Djerrid, Lara Logan is almost too good to be true. She seems less like a real person than a character Angelina Jolie would play in a movie (and not just because she shares the same first name as a character Jolie played).

  3. Thanks for the Gil-Scott-Heron piece. It broke my heart when I heard that he had gone to jail. I hope he can stay strong and clean. God knows we need more people with his clarity of vision.