September 4, 2008

Friday Free-For-All: Vulgar Displays of Abundance

The Best Week Ever blog offers us this charming portrait (at left) of a modest, blushing bride. Is that a Vera Wang? It's just lovely.

The epigonion, a stringed instrument from ancient Greece, has been resurrected after hundreds of years. It's beautiful. Listen to it here.

Alec Baldwin's 8000+ word profile in the New Yorker is, well, long, but eye-opening. Fellow aspiring comedians - please note this cautionary tale. It is possible to be an incredibly talented, wealthy and successful person and, with enough determination, still be a miserable sack of stuff. (Full disclosure: I once named a parakeet after Alec Baldwin. He was bright blue and very pretty and he liked to nibble at my eyelashes.)

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, while trying to do his part to reinforce the "elitist" strategy, used the racially-tinged term "uppity" to describe Michelle and Barack Obama, then insisted he was "unaware that the word had racial overtones." Dude, aren't you from Georgia? Also, I'd like to introduce you to critical race theory. Please say hello and get to know each other.

Also, "elitist?" Really? Cindy McCain was wearing about $300,000 worth of clothing and jewelry at the RNC. Are you really trying to present her as more relatable than Michelle Obama? Granted, this was a special event so of course she was wearing something gorgeous and expensive, but $300,000? According to Politico, "...Cindy McCain charged as much as $500,000 in a single month on one American Express card and $250,000 on another." Sorry, can't relate.

Finally, enjoy the genius of friend-of-friends Sara Benincasa as Sarah Palin. "Go breastfeed your brother!":


Gorilla Bananas said...

Sarah Palin will the Dian Fossey of Washington DC! It about time the White House garden was made safe for gorillas.

Mo said...

Good lord, I had no idea Baldwin was such a sad sack. Get over it, man.

Elizabeth McQuern said...

Ha ha, GB. And I agree, Mo.