Barack Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University in 1981, his junior year. Although he left Los Angeles with enough ambitious propulsion to carry him into a more active period, he instead receded into the most existentialist stretch of his life. As he put it himself decades later during an interview in the Oval Office, “I was leading a very ascetic existence, way too serious for my own good.” In most outward ways, compared with what had come before, his life in New York was a minimalist one, without the sprawling cast of characters that had surrounded him at Oxy and in Hawaii and Indonesia. He felt no attachment to Columbia or to the first jobs he landed after graduation. But it would be a misreading to say that he was tamping down his ambitions during that period. Just the opposite, in fact. If anything, his sense of destiny deepened. He was conducting an intense debate with himself over his past, present, and future, an internal struggle that he shared with only a few close friends, including his girlfriends, Alex McNear and Genevieve Cook, who kept a lasting record, one in letters, the other in her journal.
- Barry-O’s Nose Growing Faster Than His Ears Are Closing (dewgeneral.wordpress.com)
- In Maraniss excerpts, Obama’s ex-girlfriend recalls his ‘sexual warmth’ and charm but also his detachment (abcnews.go.com)
- Pick-Up Tips from 22-Year-Old Barack Obama’s Sex Life [Barack Obama] (gawker.com)
I learned a thing or two about writing from one of the greats Christopher Hitchens. Like the shark he never sleeps nor closes his eyes when it comes to putting ink on the page or fingers to the board.
He had a disrespect for religion and for God that was probably quite healthy. What was not healthy was his disregard for his body because we know he filled it with cigarettes and alcohol. It got him in his throat and it took his life before he could complete treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he died Thursday surrounded by family and friends.
Even if he did not want God to intervene in his life or death he did want the doctors to help him live a little longer and write a few more quotable works.
Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but: in the last 12 months, he produced for this magazine a piece on U.S.-Pakistani relations in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, a portrait of Joan Didion, an essay on the Private Eye retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a prediction about the future of democracy in Egypt, a meditation on the legacy of progressivism in Wisconsin, and a series of frank, graceful, and exquisitely written essays in which he chronicled the physical and spiritual effects of his disease. At the end, Hitchens was more engaged, relentless, hilarious, observant, and intelligent than just about everyone else—just as he had been for the last four decades. read the rest at above link
- Vanity Fair commentator Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 (vanityfair.com)
Vanity Fair magazine, which announced his death, said there would “never be another like Christopher“.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia.
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described the writer as someone “of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar”.
“Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”
He was British and then became an American citizen he wrote for Vanity Fair magazine and was on his book tour to promote Hitch-22, which is a great read, about his life, when his decline and diagnosis of cancer came about. He was just a young man really.
- Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 (news.nationalpost.com)
- British writer Christopher Hitchens dies: Vanity Fair (calgaryherald.com)
- British writer Christopher Hitchens dies: Vanity Fair (vancouversun.com)
You know it’s articles like this one that would have Jack turning over in his grave. That is if he was in his grave. Apparently he is not dead according to this jerk: I already know.
THE cult of John F. Kennedy has the resilience of a horror-movie villain. No matter how many times the myths of Camelot are seemingly interred by history, they always come shambling back to life — in another television special, another Vanity Fair cover story, another hardcover hagiography.By: Ross Douthat
Readers shared their thoughts on this article.
It’s fitting, then, that the latest exhumation comes courtesy of Stephen King himself. King serves a dual role in our popular culture: He’s at once the master of horror and the bard of the baby boom, writing his way through the twilit borderlands where the experiences of the post-World War II generation are stalked by nightmares and shadowed by metaphysical dread.
In this landscape, the death of J.F.K. looms up like the Overlook Hotel. The gauzy fantasy of the Kennedy White House endures precisely because the reality of the assassination still feels like a primal catastrophe — an irruption of inexplicable evil as horrifying as any supernatural bogeyman.
At its best, King’s new Kennedy assassination novel, “11/22/63” — which sends its protagonist back in time to change that November day’s events — offers an implicit critique of this generational obsession. (I am not giving much away when I reveal that the time-traveling hero does not succeed in freeing ’60s America from the cruel snares of history.)
11/22/63 new novel by Stephan King at Amazon
If you squint real hard you just might think that Stephan King has stumbled into the rebirth zone! That’s my take on his new novel. In fact I am going to post a link to it. It might be worth a read and I don’t read his novels.
In case you missed it:
Hitch-22 Memoir by Christopher Hitchens from Amazon
Christopher Hitchens is not only a famous writer and author he is also famously an atheist. So, while others may be praying for him. We can rest assured that he is not offering up any prayers to the gods on his behalf.
He wrote about his diagnosis frankly in Vanity Fair. Telling us that he woke up feeling like death warmed over. Thinking, while on book tour of Hitch-22, which I read, that he was just plain exhausted. He was wrong. Christopher contracted cancer the smoker/hard-drinker’s cancer of the esophagus. My uncle by marriage died of that. He had the voice box removed and the implanted one and lived for a some time post treatment. But he too was a hard smoker and drinker.
At the link below you will find Hitchen’s latest rant–all about Jacky as tacky spokesman for our Camelot which was a most fitting noun and adjective of that Kennedy couple if you think about it. Anglophile to the core Jack couldn’t resist rhyming and one-word descriptors.
Since then there have been two dramatic changes in his circumstances. The first was the international bestselling success of his 2007 anti-theist tome God is Not Great. After decades of acclaimed but essentially confined labour, Hitchens suddenly broke out to a mass audience, becoming arguably the global figurehead of the so-called New Atheists. Almost overnight he was upgraded from intellectual notoriety, as an outspoken supporter of the invasion of Iraq, to the business end of mainstream fame. In America, in particular, he has reached that rare position for a journalist of becoming a news story himself.
- British writer Christopher Hitchens dies: Vanity Fair (calgaryherald.com)
Jennifer Lopez is talking trash about her recent separation from Mark Anthony. But celebrity marriage observers could see this rebound relationship was headed for the rocks from the getgo. My first thought was rebound even though she had slept around and dated Mark before. I think they were even engaged. But the engage has turned to enrage and something happened to the “rebound” marriage. Hell, who hasn’t Jennifer Lopez slept with? Rumors are that she and P Diddy are getting back together. Who cares?
The real story is that they manaaged to get married and stay married long enough to have a few kids. That’s probably the reason she got married in the first place to add to the number of majority minority in this country. But sleeping around will only result in divorce rounds. While I’ve never seen a study on the celebate crowd (Like myself) or the young people who limit the number of people they sleep with before marriage or wait until marriage (like my two kids did) before sexual and emotional actions take place. With the libs in firm control of the media don’t expect to see too many studies or blogs about how marriages built on Christian values, abstinence and few partners last longer and stay stronger than marriages after multiple partners. We won’t hold our breath on those facts forthcoming….it’s bad for business.
- Jennifer Lopez on divorce: “Love is still my biggest dream” (heatworld.com)
- Jennifer Lopez finally talks divorce and signs with Idol (khmx.radio.com)
- J. Lo Talks Marc Anthony Divorce (huffingtonpost.com)
Many of the Jewish women who asked me about the Brat Pack were hoping that Rob Lowe, now
44, was Jewish. Lowe was the most physically beautiful of all the Brat Pack actors--male or female. (
Demi Moore came close--but she has reportedly had cosmetic surgery.) Lowe is often a Jewish name and if he were Jewish--well, I guess he would have been the hottest male Jewish movie star since Tony Curtis.
It was my sad duty to tell my readers that Lowe isn’t Jewish. He was born and raised an Episcopalian in Ohio. However, because of the reader interest in Lowe, I always kept an eye on Lowe’s career and I’ve come to admire his ability to maintain a fairly successful acting career over two decades, in spite of a major sex scandal in 1988.
- Rob Lowe’s got his fingers on a Butterfingers movie (popwatch.ew.com)
- Rob Lowe Talks Sobriety With Piers Morgan (shoppingblog.com)
This is some link called Bieber shrine…WTF? Anyway, it is all things the Bieber and lots of links and videos about him and what he does. I think he is cute but I am not a teen.
Justin Bieber caught kissing Selena Gomez whoever that is.
The Best Victims article from Vanity Fair, not written by a Jew for a change. But lots of Jews victims of Kenneth Starr. It’s a good read. Starr’s 4th wife is an ex pole dancer. Another link http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/02/ponzi-punk-kenneth-starr-goes-to-jail-for-defrauding-celebrity-clients.html
Photo at above link.
In sheer numbers, Starr’s alleged Ponzi scheme pales beside Madoff’s $65 billion, and in person, wearing a black silk shirt or zip-up designer sweats, Starr must have seemed a little cheesy compared with Madoff, who favored Savile Row suits and crisp white shirts. But in one regard, Starr had Madoff beat: his clients were far more dazzling.
A handful of the names have trickled out since Starr’s arrest: director Mike Nichols and his news-anchor wife, Diane Sawyer; The View’s Barbara Walters; writer-director Nora Ephron and her husband, author and scriptwriter Nick Pileggi. But these are just a few in a daisy chain that winds from New York media to Hollywood and back, in which one boldfaced name recommended him to another.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz came in partly because photographer Richard Avedon had been a client. Columnist Liz Smith came aboard in part because Time Warner heiress Courtney Sale Ross was a client. Nichols and Sawyer were part of that circle, as were U.S. State Department heavy Richard Holbrooke and his wife, writer Kati Marton; author Ken Auletta and his wife, literary agent Binky Urban; journalist David Halberstam; and veteran publisher Joe Armstrong. All were or had been Starr clients. Who was the lure for bringing in news anchors Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer, and the late Walter Cronkite? Or sportscaster Frank Gifford and his wife, television hostess Kathie Lee? Or NBC chief Jeff Zucker and his wife, Karen? Who could say for sure, but what TV heavyweight wouldn’t want to join a club that had luminaries like those as members?
- This Former Exotic Dancer Just Signed On To The New Wall Street Wives Reality Show (businessinsider.com)
- Hollywood Money Manager Ken Starr still in jail despite attempts to get bail (hollywoodnews.com)