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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Nothing like Thanksgiving for getting trashed and playing with the little tikes in the family. A personal highlight was when my 3 year old cousin interrupted dinner yelling, “Mommy!! Mommy!! Remember when I was a baby and I ate out of your boobies??” GOOD TIMES, GOOD FREAKING TIMES.

Also entertaining was my sister (24 years old) dropping the f-bomb in front of my 6 year old cousin after I beat her at connect four.

Monday, November 14, 2005


Wow.....can you CATCH THE LEGAL FEVER...its sweeping the land.

1) Article 3 Groupie has been outed by the New Yorker. Spoiler: she's a he!

2) The New York Observer organized a circle jerk of legal hot shots (no pun intended) in their 30s reflecting on how much they all want to be on the Supreme Court. I must say that the vision of some white-bred dweed driving 55 on the highway because he wants to be on the Supreme Court is rather hysterical, in a tragi-comic way.

I sport wood every time I see Thomas Pynchon's name

The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party's irregular heckler JTB often derides Thomas Pynchon's confused masterpiece Vineland. Apparently some librarian in New Mexico agrees. The above link, which will expire in 5 days, is what passes for "news" these days at the not-so-grey-anymore lady. It is about a couple from Los Alamos who recently purchased the entire Penguin Classics library to replace their home library which was burned because they decided to live in a tinderbox.


So where did she start? "I ran my finger along the shelves, closed my eyes and stopped on one," Ms. Gursky said, sitting in an overstuffed chair in her new library, 31 rows of great literature looming behind her.
She picked "Herland," a feminist utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a great-niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe, combined in one Penguin volume with Gilman's short fiction and poetry. "I had never heard of her before," Ms. Gursky said. "But that is one of the joys of this collection. It takes you places where you wouldn't have otherwise gone."

Since then, by similarly traipsing along the edge of her bookshelves or by following a reference to one classic made in the introduction to another, Ms. Gursky has wound her way through "The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and three other books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Soon to follow were "Vineland" by Thomas Pynchon ("Boy, that was weird," she said) and "The Virginian" by Owen Wister. She picked up "The Riddle of the Sands," by Erskine Childers, which she said she had listened to "hundreds of times" on tape but had never seen in print, but noticed that near Childers on the shelf were four books by Kate Chopin, who was unfamiliar, so Ms. Gursky started on Chopin's "Bayou Folk and a Night in Acadie."


A couple points.... 1) Kate Chopin's name brings back memories of some fun discussions in 11th grade AP English. This is where I learned the wonderful word "ennui." 2) The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party is partial the Penguin's Great Books of the 20th Century collection, which straddles the line between paperback and hardcover in a very elegant and pomo way. 3) JTB (proud antiquarian and leader of the Graham Green revival club) should join the modern age. And, no, by "modern" I don't mean the post-911 revival of moralization and finger wagging.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Update: Jeff Daniels is not Jeff Bridges

In my botched Oscar post I totally confused Jeff Daniels (who is in The Squid and the Whale) with Jeff Bridges (who is not).

Apparently, however, I am not the only one. Here is an interview with Daniels, (he's talking about an album of his comedy songs):


Daniels: ....And there's a song called “Recreational Vehicle” which is kind of a 10-minute song about this RV trip I took with my family. We were going to Cooperstown, New York, for the Baseball Hall Of Fame from Michigan. We stopped at a truck stop and while I was getting recognized gassing up — I got recognized as Jeff Bridges. I got back into the RV and pulled back onto the highway and had forgotten my wife. So it's a song, which is a true story, and it's very entertaining and it raises a lot of money for the theatre…

Q: You were recognized as Jeff Bridges?

Daniels: "Excuse me, Mr. Bridges?” “Yeah.” “Can I get an autograph?” “Sure can.” It happens a lot. Dave Coulier is another one. Bill Hurt I get, Bill Pullman I get. “You were so great in ‘Independence Day.’” But you know on the flip side, imagine Jeff Bridges being told how great he was in “Dumb and Dumber.” So I'm sure Bridges gets some yucks out of it.


Anyway, my bad. He does look a lot more like Coulier and Pullman, but the name similarity with Bridges is probably what throws morons like me off.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Top #10 wikipedia entry right here.

CONGRATULATIONS to the legal juggernaut that is the Corzine-Schulhofer. Its kind of sad that it takes two men and tens of millions of dollars to win the governorship of NJ.

why won't my blog load anymore

damn you blogger!

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Drudge Report thinks (read wants) that Brokeback Mountain will win Oscars this year. The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party knows that the race will come down to Bridges in The Squid and the Whale and Hoffman in Capote.

P.S. Check out these awesome Maoist movie reviews from the Maoist International Movement. A couple of gems...

on Conan-- "Conan: The Barbarian would be unambiguously progressive without the first ten minutes of the film quoting from Nietzsche and building a legend of the "superman" fit for Hitler. If the film had started where the dogs chase Conan up into an abandoned temple, Conan would have picked up his sword and made a pretty good mark from then onwards."

On Elephant-- "Postmodernism detracts from the real elephant in the room, the imperialist-patriarchy."

On Spider Man 2-- "MIM has said that "Spider-Man: The Motion Picture" (2002) has some redeeming value on the basis of its depiction of asexuality, but it cannot ignore the fact that "Spider-Man's" Amerikan flag-waving fans are cheering for something that in the real world would be called "capitalist police repression." This is an important point. Communists do not support pig repression, much less the pig-wanna- be, labor-aristocrat vigilantes who think themselves heroes when they are gunning down the Third World proletariat at the Mexico-united $tates border, or the self-styled "community" pigs who "police" Asian, Black and Latino youth street organizations. If the bourgeoisie want to sic their thugs on each other, MIM would not get in the middle of this fight, but it does not support pig repression in the abstract when Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) has his knee-jerk reaction every time he hears a police siren. If Spider-Man had any (spider-) "sense" at all, he would fight the police repression under which gold miners work in Azania and China to produce the gold coins stored in the vault of the bank that is robbed in the movie. In fact, exactly why is Dr. Octavius / Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) a villain?"

On the Patriot-- "The imperialists have produced a politically correct movie about the Revolution of 1776."

On Unfaithful-- "It is possibly an expression of patriarchy that even half of wimmin in the united $tates "say they've faked an orgasm"

I really would like to search through the Catholic, Maoist, and Evangelical movie review databases and find one movie they all agree on.