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"He was so afraid of girls that he made a secret study of them, and the more he studied them, the more he feared them."

So reads an intertitle 1 minute and 19 seconds into the 1924 Harold Lloyd movie "Girl Shy" (which I watched because my son John identified it as his favorite movie of from the year). The character is what these days we might call an "incel." He's also, essentially, a pornographer, to the extent such a person could appear in a mainstream movie in 1924. He is writing "The Secret of Making Love" by thinking up a stereotypical female and dictating the right approach for the male to gain the quickest...
Tags: Movies, Law, Turtles, John, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Harold Lloyd, Harlold Lloyd, Harold Meadows

"Peter now needs constant supervision and does not appear to remember his second wedding."

"Soon Lisa will probably have to place him in a care home, but for now they can still live together. 'My mantra has always been to have no regrets,' said Lisa, who worked in radio advertising. The couple met in 2001 after both went through divorces while neighbours in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They have five children between them. When Lisa joined her husband to exchange vows for the second time, his delight was clear for all to see. 'It was just magical — straight out of a fairytale,' she said...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Memory, Weddings, Alzheimer's, Peter, Lisa, Alzheimer, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Ann Althouse, Holyoke Massachusetts London

So you want to celebrate Juneteenth? What foods do you serve?

An IKEA store in Georgia sent out this email, the NY Post reports: “To honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made, we observe Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Look out for a special menu on Saturday which will include: fried chicken, watermelon, mac n cheese, potato salad, collard greens, candied yams.”That, we're told, was "intensely problematic." But what foods would be right? Or is the whole idea of a food-based celebration problematic? Is it e...
Tags: Food, Law, Georgia, Ikea, Ny Post, St Patrick, Festivities, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Juneteenth

"Four Saudis who took part in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi are reported to have received paramilitary training in the US."

"The training was provided by the security company Tier 1 Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, under a contract approved by the State Department, according to The New York Times. Louis Bremer, a Cerberus senior executive, said that the training was 'protective in nature' and took place in 2017, a year before the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government. It is said to have included 'safe marksmanship' and 'counter...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, US, The New York Times, State Department, Cerberus, London Times, Cerberus Capital Management, Ann Althouse, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Tier 1 Group, Louis Bremer

"Nassib could be recruited to star in ads for outspoken brands such as Nike or Gillette, which have previously produced commercials that address racial justice and harmful masculine stereotypes...."

I'm reading "Brands could flock to Nassib after historic coming out announcement" (Reuters). So... some companies are going to want to use Nassib, but — according to some marketing expert — they need to be concerned about looking like that's what they're doing. He says: "Rainbow-washing is real."Rainbow-washing. I'd never noticed that term before, but Googling it, I see it's all over the place. I'll just choose one article: "Rainbow-washing is all the rage among the big corporations this month" ...
Tags: Law, Advertising, Nike, Homosexuality, Lgbtq, Reuters, Carl Nassib, Nassib, Ann Althouse

"I think for a lot of marginalized groups who’ve never had their stories told in the mainstream, the atomization has been pretty affirming."

"Because what kind of stories were we getting when there just were a few big hits? Too many that were interesting just to straight, white males.... There’s just no mechanism for reassembling all these more representative stories into a larger whole."Said Laura Grindstaff, a sociology professor at University of California, Davis, who studies popular culture, quoted in "The TV hit isn’t just dying — it’s already dead/Astute observers of television say that the idea of a unifying show on even a mod...
Tags: TV, Law, Charles Dickens, Dickens, University of California Davis, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Laura Grindstaff

"I will order their arrest. To protect the people, I have to sequester you in jail. Now choose — get vaccinated, or I’ll lock you up in a cell."

"If you don’t want to be vaccinated, I’ll have you arrested and have the vaccine shot into your [buttocks]... If you don’t get vaccinated, leave the Philippines. Go to India if you want, or somewhere, America."Said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, quoted in The Washington Post. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington Post, India, Philippines, Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, America Said Philippine

"Either take the eye out, or she may not live"/"Allah is kind to have saved one of my eyes."

From "The deadly black fungus striking India’s recovering covid patients/Mucormycosis has killed hundreds in India and forced many to have an eye removed" (WaPo). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Eyes, Law, India, Ann Althouse, Strange Medical Condition, Mucormycosis, Coronavirus

Sunrise, 5:21 to 5:25.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Building a brand starts with creating a culture. Play with rituals, memes, catchphrases, and inside jokes that'll consistently delight both old and new fans."

YouTube sends me advice. From my email (click to enlarge and clarify): I brushed it off as stupid, but it also made me think. Are people enjoying the rituals, memes, catchphrases, and inside jokes around here? Do I have enough rituals, memes, catchphrases, and inside jokes?Blogging is its own ritual, but there's also the ritual of the sunrise. As for memes, catchphrases, and inside jokes, there's... what?... men in shorts, the word "garner"... [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Youtube, Blogging, Ann Althouse

"It’s terrible. They’re laying on the ground. This is clearly a terrorist act against the LGBT community. This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated."

Said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, an eyewitness to the incident, quoted in "Fort Lauderdale mayor apologizes after calling Pride Parade crash ‘terrorist attack’" (NY Post).It turned out that Saturday’s deadly crash at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors was an accident, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, caused by a 77-year-old man who wanted to take part in the event but had physical ailments that prevented him from walking. The man’s 2011 Dodge Ram pickup tr...
Tags: Law, Apologies, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Wilton Manors, Dean Trantalis

"A team of emergency rescue divers was flummoxed after responding to the scene of a nude 'drowning woman' ..."

"... only to discover that it was actually a floating life-sized sex doll.... [P]hotos show multiple fire and rescue brigades, police, and an ambulance working to dredge the dummy from the water in front of a crowd of onlookers." The NY Post reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Dolls, Ny Post, Ann Althouse, Things Are Not What They Seem

"The next morning, I return to Viroqua for a stroll through the town’s vaunted bookstore, Driftless Books, housed in another massive tobacco warehouse."

"The walls are covered floor to ceiling in secondhand books. Framed custom portraits hang from the rafters. A moose head. A rusting sousaphone... 'So yeah, one thing led to another, and a guy gave me this building,' says owner Eddy Nix, a community fixture in Viroqua. He is wearing a loose sweater and patched denim, and he wraps used books in donated paper bags as I pepper him with questions about the store. 'Literally just gave it to you?' I ask. 'He was like some guerrilla philanthropist,' he ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Law, Wikipedia, America, Gifts, Airplanes, Geology, Wisconsin, Disneyland, Jack Kerouac, Kerouac, The Washington Post, Madison, Nix, Don

"It is disingenuous and dangerous to play on the very real and legitimate fears of bigotry and voter disenfranchisement by pretending it’s present where it’s not."

Said New York public advocate, Jumaane Williams, quoted in about the New York mayoral election. The column has a distracting title — "Only the Women Can Save Us Now"— but the real point is that the candidate Eric Adams may be laying the groundwork for arguing that the election was rigged against him, that is, against the black man. Under the new ranked voting system, Adams could win the most first-place votes and still lose the election. He needs a majority of first-place votes to win without ...
Tags: New York, Voting, Law, NYC, Eric Adams, Adams, Yang, Goldberg, Jumaane Williams, Michelle Goldberg, Ann Althouse, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, Race And Politics

I'm surprised to read that this is a first — an NFL player comes out as gay.

"What’s up, people? I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay."   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Carl Nassib (@carlnassib)   It's momentous. I had to read it in the newspaper to know that it was momentous — and not just another moment — a "quick moment" — as life goes on around us. I'd seen the clip yesterday, but mov...
Tags: Law, Football, NFL, Homosexuality, Dallas Cowboys, Sam, Michael Sam, St Louis Rams, WaPo, Carl Nassib, Nassib, West Chester Pennsylvania, Ann Althouse, Carl Nassib View

"The Washington Post's @laurameckler spent three weeks preparing a hitpiece against me."

"In this thread, I will expose five flat-out lies, from the fabrication of a timeline to multiple smears that are easily disproven by documentary evidence." So begins a Twitter thread by Christopher Rufo. Here's the WaPo piece he's attacking: "Republicans, spurred by an unlikely figure, see political promise in targeting critical race theory." From that article: Critical race theory holds that racism is systemic in the United States, not just a collection of individual prejudices — an idea that ...
Tags: Post, Law, Washington Post, United States, WaPo, CRT, Ann Althouse, Rufo, Critical Race Theory, Christopher Rufo, George Floyd

The NCAA "seeks immunity from the normal operation of the antitrust laws" — and loses.

In the new Supreme Court case, NCAA v. Alston. It's unanimous. Gorsuch writes the opinion. A snippet:From the start, American colleges and universities have had a complicated relationship with sports and money. In 1852, students from Harvard and Yale participated in what many regard as the Nation’s first intercollegiate competition—a boat race at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. But this was no pickup match. A railroad executive sponsored the event to promote train travel to the picturesque la...
Tags: Supreme Court, Education, Law, Football, Sports, West Virginia, History, Harvard, Yale, Antitrust, Ncaa, West Virginia University, Lafayette, Herald, Cuba, Princeton

Man with Alzheimer's proposed to the woman he doesn't remember is his wife, and they have a wedding.

"Peter Marshall, 56, has early onset Alzheimer’s disease....In January, her husband’s mind began declining at a faster pace. And so 20 years after their romance began, with her husband’s recent proposal, it seemed like perfect timing to renew their vows... 'It was just magical — straight out of a fairy tale... There wasn’t a dry eye, and I was over the moon... I hadn’t seen Peter that happy in a long time'" —WaPo reports: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Marriage, Law, Memory, Weddings, Alzheimer's, Peter Marshall, Peter, WaPo, Ann Althouse

"Now there’s a lot of fuss being made over it, but there wasn’t initially. The most feedback that I got was that I had gone too far and was exposing too much of myself."

"I couldn’t tell what I had created, really. The initial response I got was critical, mostly from the male singer-songwriters. It was kind of like Dylan going electric. They were afraid. Is this contagious? Do we all have to get this honest now? That’s what the boys were telling me. 'Save something of yourself, Joni. Nobody’s ever gonna cover these songs. They’re too personal.'"From "Joni Mitchell opens up to Cameron Crowe about singing again, lost loves and 50 years of ‘Blue’" (L.A. Times). Muc...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Joni Mitchell, Cameron Crowe, Dylan, Graham Nash, Ann Althouse, Joni Nobody, Cary Carey

"An artist whose work was withdrawn from a gift shop at London’s Royal Academy of Arts after she was accused of transphobia has said she could pursue legal action if she is not given an apology."

"The academy said that it would no longer stock works by De Wahls and thanked campaigners for bringing to its attention 'an item in the RA shop by an artist representing transphobic views.' On the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, De Wahls said: 'They frantically tried to call me the day they realised that was a really bad PR decision. They contacted me the day after they posted it on social media. There was no point to that conversation... I don’t know what they were looking for..... I might [pu...
Tags: London, Law, Transgender, Feminism, Royal Academy of Arts, Times, Stonewall, BBC Radio, Soho Theatre, Royal Academy, Ann Althouse, The Finger, Jess de Wahls, The [blank] Community, Cancel Culture, De Wahls

"Throughout most of the ’60s and ’70s, [Brigid Berlin] dragged her Polaroid 360 and a bulky cassette recorder everywhere, though she once said, 'No picture ever mattered, it was the clicking and pulling out that I loved.'"

"Running out of film, she insisted, was worse than running out of speed. Warhol became equally addicted to documentation and, though his pictures became more well known, hers are arguably as revelatory, often the product of double exposures and lighting both flat and vivid, and featuring such friends as Lou Reed, Roy Lichtenstein, Dennis Hopper and Cy Twombly.... Her recordings — there are more than 1,000 hours of tape... — range from the mundane (chatter about her near-constant doctors’ appoint...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, Law, Berlin, Atlantic, Sony, Warhol, Kansas City, Velvet Underground, Polaroid, Max, John Chamberlain, Reed, Rauschenberg, Ann Althouse

"Who cares about a parenting memoirist’s removal from a law-school teaching roster?"

"The answer is, in part, because this story manages to touch on seemingly every single cultural flashpoint of the past few years. Chua’s critics see a story about #MeToo—because of her husband, but also because Chua supported the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, even after he was accused of sexual assault. Meanwhile, Chua’s defenders see a morality tale about liberal cancel culture. 'What they’ve done to you is SOP'—standard operating procedure—'for conservative allies but chi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Yale, Lulu, Megyn Kelly, Yale Law, Amy Chua, Chua, Yale Law School, Niall Ferguson, Ann Althouse, Brett Kavanaugh, Jed -RSB- Rubenfeld

Who breaks up with you by telegram?

I'm reading "50 Reasons to Love Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’/The singer-songwriter questioned everything on her fourth album. Twenty-five musicians speak about the LP’s enduring power on its 50th anniversary" (NYT), and there's this, from Graham Nash:Obviously there are a couple of songs on the record that I recognize, from when she would write them in the house, that involved me. “My Old Man,” “River.” She finished the album after we parted, but for many months I saw her there writing this stuff. It ...
Tags: Law, Joni Mitchell, Joan, Graham Nash, Laurel Canyon, Ann Althouse

"We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate... "

"We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad flapping American ear will be that Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.”   I'm quoting that now, because of that post earlier today about a telegram and because it seems to relate to our current predicament living on the internet.In case you're wondering about Princess Adelaide, she does look interesting: [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Texas, Technology, Law, Atlantic, Maine, Adelaide, Royalty, The Web, Thoreau, Ann Althouse

5:21 a.m.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

5:12 a.m.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"It was Yang’s answers on homelessness and mental health at the final debate that finally settled it for me."

"Every other candidate spoke of homelessness as a disaster for the homeless. Yang discussed it as a quality of life problem for everyone else. 'Yes, mentally ill people have rights, but you know who else have rights?' he asked. 'We do: the people and families of the city.' For Yang, I suspect, a successful mayoralty would mean restoring Michael Bloomberg’s New York, an extremely safe, pleasant place for tourists and well-off families like mine, but one where many poorer people were financially s...
Tags: New York, Law, NYC, America, Poverty, Michael Bloomberg, Yang, Michelle Goldberg, City Life, Ann Althouse, Andrew Yang

Me, at sunrise.

Video by Meade: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Sunrise, Meade, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade

"Think of Pearl Street in Boulder, with its winding paths, large trees, public art, live music and abundant outdoor cafes."

"That’s the kind of exciting destination that could help bring back [Madison's] State Street — and go beyond what it has been. Instead of a river of concrete for buses to rumble down, State Street could be a walkable park for people, who would be prioritized over vehicles. The mayor last week brushed off support among Downtown business owners for taking buses off State Street, calling them desperate and willing to try anything. That might be true, given how devastating the pandemic, weak econom...
Tags: Law, Colorado, Urban Planning, Boulder, Buses, Madison, University Of Colorado, State, University Of Wisconsin, Don, State Capitol, State Street, Pearl Street, Wisconsin State Journal, City Life, Ann Althouse

"Mr. Midgette, his hair painted and powdered silver-white and his face covered with pale makeup, passed himself off as Warhol at several colleges with Warhol’s blessing..."

"... fielding questions after showings of Warhol films.... Mr. Midgette pulled off his impersonation at a time when Warhol’s reputation had begun to spread beyond New York City but when, to most of America, he was still more of a vague concept than a recognizable personality.... 'The one thing I knew about Andy was, you could answer any question any way you liked and it would be fine,' he said... 'It might not have been the same thing he would say, but it would make as much sense... It made me r...
Tags: Law, New York City, America, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Performance art, Andy, Midgette, Ann Althouse