Saturday, March 10, 2007


Gary Farber collects reviews of 300, a gore-flecked action movie based on Frank Miller's comic-book vision of the Battle of Thermopylae, when Xerxes of Persia's army was (temporarily) turned away from Sparta. [Added: a preview of 300 on YouTube. Gah.]

Perhaps you remember hearing about the Cherokee nation voting to boot out its black members--those who traced their Cherokee lineage back to the freed slaves of Cherokees? No? It's a fascinating story, and the legal and historical issues involved are very poorly understood by people who don't follow Native American issues, that is, most of us. A friend of mine explains some of it in an excellent guest post at Jack Balkin's law site.

Where is former Iranian Defense Ministry official, General Asgari? Speculation is mounting after the man disappeared from a vacation in Turkey last month. The Iranian, Israeli, and American spokespeople are all blaming each other, and to date, it remains unclear whether the Asgari defected or was kidnapped. Curious mystery; I hope he's safe and being well treated, wherever he is.

And for those who didn't see it at the time, Unfogged's great Fuck You, Clown! poetry thread.


Blogger Ben:

Your Farber link is bad.

THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A clown, fucked in bed outword,
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have feelings that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus coming from the sea;
Or for old Triton blow his wreath├ęd horn.

3/10/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Ben:

outworn, that is.

3/10/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

"Outward" would be good, except for that rhyme-scheme problem.

3/11/2007 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

And thanks for pointing out the bad link. It's fixed now.

3/11/2007 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Ch.:

There were audible snickers in the Grand Lake Theater when I saw 300 on opening night. It was all I could do to sit in my seat and cringe.

3/12/2007 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

I nearly walked out of the trailers for 300.

3/12/2007 09:23:00 AM  

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