A few days ago, I found a photo that was taken ten years ago now, of me at 43 sitting on my new horse (then 14). I look a little disheveled but happy; he looks thin, you might even say emaciated, with very little tail and several scars where other horses had taken pieces out of his hide.
Remember when actresses really lit up the screen? Anne Hathaway rekindles memories of Bette Davis and "Klute"-era Jane Fonda in Jonathan Demme's new film: barely a scene goes by without her pulling on a cigarette.
When Goldman Sachs analysts suggested last week that oil could hit $200 a barrel, I expected someone somewhere to express horror at the possibility. But the reaction was a tiny, resignation-filled sigh. Relentless fuel-price increases have so exhausted consumers that we don't have the energy to be outraged anymore. So we feel helpless as we watch oil sprint past the $130 mark on its way to price-prohibitive territory and wonder whether it's too late to bring back the horse and buggy. Our sense of helplessness is an illusion: There are things we can do. We got ourselves into this mess, mostly through multiple administrations of politically comfortable but shortsighted decision-making. And inasmuch as we're willing to stand a little political discomfort, we can get ourselves out.
The NBA's decision to suspend Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal was wrong. I can appreciate that the NBA has gone to such great measures to secure the safety of its players and fans, but punishing two players who came off the bench to check on the welfare of their teammate doesn't make sense. Yes, rules are rules, no matter how ineffective and rigid they are, but some rules need to be changed -- or at least allow for some discretion.
Let us now praise Merv Griffin, who doesn't get the old-school talk-show-host veneration that Johnny Carson received or the classy-act kudos that have sustained Dick Cavett's reputation. Griffin, now 80, presided over truly chatty chat shows on NBC and in syndication, in the evenings and afternoons, off and on from 1962 to 1986.
The Vietnam veterans group behind a series of commercials attacking Sen. John Kerry's military record has released a new ad comparing him to Jane Fonda for meeting with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong officials during the Vietnam War.