The fact is that this is a great university in a great city with some very solvable problems. UC students need to stop planning their quick exit after graduation, and start creating jobs in the area by opening businesses. They should advocate for improvements to the city that help students and local residents, such as better public transportation, aggressive crime-fighting tactics and finishing the developments along McMillan. Improving the community is important to everyone, from freshmen to those close to graduation. Cincinnati and UC are tied together; if the city does poorly, your UC degree will be worth less in the future.
Stefanie feels I should have listed UC Law as a quality program at UC, so I will do that here: UC Law is one of the best urban, public law schools in the country, and will only get better as improvements are made to the facilities, bringing them up to par with the high-quality students and faculty.
This takes me back to my days at St. X, writing for "The Blueprint," especially when John S. and I wrote our point/counter-point articles. Back then, I was the liberal one of the 2 of us! Good times.
2) I greatly enjoyed the Borat movie, but I did have some uneasiness about the way they treated some of the people. Sure, the racist frat guys and the people who sold Confederate memorabilia were jerks, but really, it just seemed to show how ridiculously polite Southerners are. I was reading the Slate Movie Club feature, where they discuss movies from this year, and one of the critics linked to a hilarious piece from the New Yorker, mocking the movie a bit. It is written as a list of proposals for features on the DVD set.
The scene where those wacky Pentecostals offer to take Borat into their homes, as Jesus would have done, and as, in fact, per Josh, many of them actually did? And also, didn’t they, like, take up a collection on Sacha/Borat’s behalf or something? Guess they really walk the walk! This moving-in-with-some-Pentecostals would be good, especially if, once in their home, Sacha could mock one of their children for, say, his/her overly prim table manners. That would really go a long way toward puncturing the sanctimonious posturing of the neocons.
That pretty much gets right to the point of things. Even if people believe crazy things, is it really funny to mock people who are nice to you? If yes, why? I laughed at the movie theatre, as did most people there. It is still a pretty funny movie, but I am somewhat uncomfortable with the biases the movie possesses. And, as the article points out, there is a bit of inconsistency in who is intentionally offended and who is not.
3) I just read a great book, Anonymous Lawyer: A Novel. It is a book based on a blog, also called Anonymous Lawyer. The premise of the book and the blog is that the hiring partner at a major Los Angeles law firm decides to write a blog to put down some of his thoughts about his life. The blog and the book are both hilarious. This is the back of the book:
I see you. I see you walking by my office, trying to look like you have a reason to be there. But you don't. I see you sneak by at lunchtime, when you know my secretary will be away. You think I'm naive, but I know what you're doing. But she's my secretary, not yours, and her candy belongs to me, not you. And if I have a say in whether or not you ever become a partner at this firm - and trust me, I do - I'm not going to forget this.
And stop stealing my stapler, too. I shouldn't have to go wandering the halls for a stapler. I'm a partner at a half-billion dollar law firm. Staplers should be lining up at my desk, begging for me to use them. Go back to your office - I need you to count the number of commas in this three-foot-tall stack of paper. I don't want to see you in the hall for at least another sixteen hours. Remember: I can make you or break you. I hold your future in my hands. I decide whether you get a view of the ocean or a view of the dumpster. This isn't a game. Get back to work. My secretary. My stapler. MY CANDY.
*Posted by Anonymous at 1:14 PM
I was pretty amused by the book,and the blog has some great stuff too, but it may be only funny to lawyers/law students. This may or may not be funny to other people:
That's part of the magic more generally when you're a lawyer. We have this vocabulary of legal terminology and specific words that only we understand and can use to shut down and intimidate the common man. Clients can't fight you if they don't know what you're talking about. And associates assume we're all infallible gods, so when we tell them something and they aren't following, the great thing is that they assume it's their fault and beat themselves up until they think they can make sense of it. They're afraid to challenge us, afraid to ask for clarification, afraid to seem dumb.
Is that funny to anyone else?