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I thought Borat was a good laugh… but that might be because I was five feet in front of the screen with my neck at a 90 degree angle, and already predisposed to laughing.

But somebody didn’t like it, and there are a lot of other somebodies out there who didn’t like it either.

Is Borat’s humor insensitive? Repetitive? Is it funny or is it juvenile and raunchy? I think all of the above. It’s another testament to the uniqueness of human taste. I don’t like jokes about sex or women, and I thought the scene with the feminists and “pA-me-LA” were funny.

Unfortunately some of the people in the movie don’t think it’s funny, and it could cost Borat producers. This article on TMZ.com makes a good point.

The Detroit Rock City

DETROIT I realize that this is not the best picture of the D. But it is worth noting that the bright sunset makes the city seem like a much happier place! – and it gives an idea of the magnitude of my view from the hotel, which is at General Motors.

Detroit has done right by me thus far, and sometime soon I plan on riding the People Mover to Greektown. Until then, an update on the reading situation.

Between Friday and today I finished Running with Scissors, finally finishing A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which took me a ridiculous amount of time to read because… it was horrible.

I guess it’s one of those love it or hate it things, and I knew after 25 pages that I didn’t love it and was determined to finish it anyway. And I did, and there were a couple of bright spots (like a quote I was going to include in this post, but alas, my book is in DC), but mostly it was a twisty, turny, plotless rant by Eggers. Which, oddly enough, was exactly what it was supposed to be, and no doubt what attracts many of its fans. Unfortunately, I’m not one. Inquire further if you’re interested.

And after Friday’s post I went out and bought Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs and I thought it was fascinating. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but a quick read because it’s honest, if a little disturbing. Both of these books are memoirs of types, and both take a candid look at the author’s past. But Running With Scissors maintains a much more understandable storyline and better anecdotes and self-analysis.

And now I’ve moved on to Marie Antoinette, which I want to read because the movie is coming out and after I saw a preview I started reading Wikipedia about her and spent most of Friday morning doing that. So we’ll see how long that one takes me.

“The Book of Fate”

Imagine a bunch of guys sitting around in a circle thinking of the best ways to bring down the biggest cities in the U.S.

Writer Brad Meltzer was invited to be one of those guys.. a guy who brainstorms “out of the box” ideas for the government so they can get prepared for it before the terrorists can even come up with it. Meltzer’s newest creation, “The Book of Fate”, was featured on All Things Considered. The book was inspired by George Bush and follows the life of a former president. I haven’t read it (yet), but apparently it is filled with hundreds of tiny, detailed references. Meltzer also wrote the Millionaires, a book about money laundering. This guy is a creative genius. So, the gov called him up to asked him to be in a focus group. In the interview, he talks about how he sat in a room cooking up ideas with chemists and engineers. It’s absolutely wild. Then at the end he talks about how it’s kind of creepy, but that he’s slightly comforted by the fact that the US government is using all its resources to fight terrorism. I’d like to see a movie about one of these focus groups.. maybe it could have some flash forwards or inset sequences with imagery of what they’re planning. It could be really scary/creepy/inappropriate. But maybe in 50 years when, we hope, terrorism is no longer the threat it is today.

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