Satire, politics, geekery, and dogs...
EXT. – STREET CORNER – DAY
A bad neighborhood, where TWEEKER and TWEEKETTE argue.
TWEEKETTE: You’re holdin’ out on me!
TWEEKER: I ain’t holdin’ nuthin’, bitch!
A ratty car squeals to a stop at the curb beside them.
TWEEKETTE: It’s Jesse Pinkman, Street Therapist!
Apparently, Yeoman Janice Rand in the original Star Trek series was the Chloe O'Brian of her day...
A sadly accurate commentary on the Internet and our times...
Joy of Apartment Living #261: That perpetually angry neighbor who has daily tirades at one poor person or another on the phone, usually with all the apartment windows open so that everyone can share in the outrage.
Today's tirade was a bit less understandable than usual, but I did manage to pick out five specific phrases:
What the h**l?!
This is b******t!
I am *not* complaining! Pussycat houses!
Even the dog looked up at that last one, and I seriously considered going up to the neighbor's door and asking for an explanation. The curiosity was that overwhelming.
Then I remembered this was, you know, that neighbor...
Back in the days everyone assumed I would go for a PhD in
English Literature, I heard time and time again how “author’s intent” means
nothing. In other words, it’s not what the book means to say, or even actually
says, it’s whatever meaning you can
find within (or impose upon) the text.
In fact, one reason I left that path was the many tortured reinterpretations I would have had to swallow—and create—on my way to Shangri-Tenure. Krystal Ball of MSNBC, however, clearly took this idea to heart when she declared George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm to be a warning against capitalism, complete with the pigs as Mitt Romney “maker” 1%ers. And when people took issue with this rather ground-breaking interpretation, Krystal stood her ground like only someone who had read an entirely different book could.
And thus the #KrystalBallBookClub was born.
Because what other classic books could be dramatically misrepresented to promote a blatantly political agenda? The possibilities are literally endless, once the sheeple are awakened and the scales removed from their eyes, but I suggest the following, in no particular order:
The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway’s cautionary tale about the dangers of overfishing.
A Wrinkle in Time: Dry cleaning, patriarchy, and why women have always paid more and earned less.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: John le Carré’s compelling argument for government-funded job-retraining programs.
Fear of Flying: Erica Jong examines the perils of airline deregulation and lack of FAA oversight.
The Color Purple: Alice Walker’s insightful look at how swing states determine presidential elections.
The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s classic tale of how nine men fought the odds in their quest for marriage equality.
Dune Messiah: Bob Woodward’s insider account of how the Obama administration won the Arab Spring.
The Happy Hooker: How enlightened federal environmental management makes for happy fisherman (and -women).
Fat White Vampire Blues: Andrew Fox’s game-changing investigation of how the Koch Brothers fight their own clinical depression by creating income equality.
The Hobbit: Tolkien’s timeless classic of how ignorant Tea Partiers from flyover shires should just stay at home.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Mitch Albom’s heartwarming tales of the MSNBC green room.
and of course,
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site: How shovel-ready stimulus saved the
"Is that the piece I was eating?"
"It was just sitting there."
"I was going to finish that."
"But it was just sitting there."
"I thought you might see it, ask if I still wanted it, and then bring it over to me when I said yes."
"What, you expect the pizza-welfare state to just bring you a slice simply because you want it?"
"The pizza-welfare what?!"
"This is America! Get up off the couch and get your own slice!"
"You mean from the pizza you ordered online with a credit card and had delivered?"
(pause) "Can I bring you a slice, my love?"
"Don't forget the plate."
Got this in the mail yesterday with the new checks I ordered.
1. The nurse at the hospital misspelled my name on the birth certificate.
2. When my nieces asked me which was cooler, Star Wars or Star Trek, I answered Babylon 5.
3. I got my first literary agent at 19. I published my first novel at 47. Perseverance rules.
4. My wife is smarter than I am, but I’m the one who always knows where her keys and cell phone are.
5. I believe Stargate Universe is the greatest television show ever.
Long story short, you need to have the mindset of a "Happy Warrior" to skewer and satirize all that's going on in Washington and the world these days. Only lately, it just makes me feel sad and cynical, watching the second Obama term following the tragic script so many of us predicted so early in the first term.
The "joy" of politics will come back at some point, I know, but I just don't have it now.