Paleo Retiree writes:

    • Has the time finally come to end affirmative action?
    • Meet Stoya, favorite porn star of today’s hipsters. Safe for work — the link goes to a Village Voice article.
    • Although a majority of Americans want immigration rates reduced, one estimate says that the pending Senate bill, if passed, would result in more than 33 million people immigrating over the next decade alone. “The pending bill allows illegal immigrants to bring their overseas spouses and children into the country,” warns NumbersUSA. I sometimes wonder why we bother with borders at all. Link tks to Steve Sailer.
    • Foseti reads an unusual biography of Lincoln. I can recommend a Lamont Johnson-directed TV movie about Lincoln, as well as the Gore Vidal novel it was based on. I’m no Lincoln scholar, but both works struck me as unusually sophisticated about politics generally.
    • The Manolo knows just which shoes a getting-married-on-the-beach bride ought to wear.
    • Teaching multicultural values in school often backfiresWho could have foreseen such an outcome?
    • Russia: Awesomest country on earth.
    • Netflix Instant Movie Du Jour: Torremolinos 73, a droll charmer about a hapless couple who stumble into making porno films. Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger may not develop his storyline as fully as one might want, but he has a sweetly offbeat touch as well as an infectious fondness for the 1970s. And his lead actors deliver performances that, in their combination of daring, frankness and comic control, are worthy of a Bertrand Blier movie. Candela Peña’s doleful expressions especially are something to treasure. Quiet, deadpan hilarity to the max.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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12 Responses to Linkage

  1. Toddy Cat says:

    Sometimes it seems that Russia is the only part of the West that retains any survival instinct at all. Let’s just say that’s not what I was expecting back in 1991. I was the coldest of Cold Warriors back in the 80’s, but even back then, it was hard not to admire the Russian people (as opposed to their repulsive government).


  2. epiminondas says:

    Affirmative action should never have been started. If we don’t scrap it now, we never will…until the flash point is reached.


    • Remember how we were promised that nondiscrimination would never turn into contempo-style affirmative action? More or less, come to think of it, in the same breath we were promised that immigration reform would never dramatically increase the population or transform its racial makeup. An experience or two like that and a person can become mighty suspicious of governmental promises.


      • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

        It’s all lies. Virtually all of it. Or so I’ve come to believe.


      • Toddy Cat says:

        Yes, when you go back and read what was promised in the 1960’s with regard to Civil Rights and immigration, as opposed to what we actually got, it really makes you angry. That’s why I can never be a liberal again, regardless of where I might end up. The lies of the 1960’s were blatant, intentional, and told with malice aforethought, and until this is admitted, reversed, and apologized for, I will not support them. By the way, has anyone ever noticed how much of what is wrong with the U.S. is traceable to Teddy Kennedy? The guy was like a malign force of nature.


  3. Tenneby says:

    In response to: Teaching multicultural values in school often backfires

    Since the entire purpose of multiculturalism is to create divisions and antagonism between people, what some people may call backfiring is really everything going according to plan.

    P.S Russia really can be awesome at times.


  4. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    I liked “Torremolinos.” Thanks for the recommendation. What is it about Spanish directors that makes them tend to be so . . . sharp in don’t-give-a-shit, I’m-gonna-rankle-some-feathers sorts of ways? Berger, de la Iglesia, and Luna all have/had similarly droll personalities, sometimes tipping into outright effrontery. Almodovar too, before he became a drag.

    I just realized that Berger also made “Blancanieves,” the modern-day silent film based on “Snow White.” I liked that a lot as well.


    • Glad you enjoyed. It’s a sweet, quiet little pleasure, isn’t it? But cheeky too. Time for me to catch up with “Blancanieves.”


      • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

        I see Armond W. has denounced “Blancanieves” as radical feminist propaganda. LOL. I thought it was pretty enjoyable, even if the narrative is kind of lumpy. Seems like an attempt to engage with the visual storytelling practices of the late silent era, and it’s pretty successful as far as that goes (makes you realize how utterly slapdash most modern movies are). Plus, there are a lot of gothic-romantic-fatalistic flourishes. It really feels like a Spanish sort of thing.


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