I saw Training Day last

I saw Training Day last night and was pretty impressed with Denzel’s performance as a black man. I’m not sure how to read the whole Oscar thing, however — did Oscar give him an award for definitively playing a black male (finally! and you hear sweat wiped off the brows of Hollywood folk) or did he deserve the role, the award, and the recognition (finally! and you hear sighs of relief from the mouths of Hollywood folk). I mean, Denzel’s role was extraordinary and the filming of him was strong – I loved the messy, blurry scenes of him or of neighborhoods flying by in that dream-car (Monte Carlo) he rode. And Ethan Hawke – he looked scrawnier in this role than he ever has before. I’m not sure he was miscast, but what’s difficult is to match his brights and brawn with the character needs to fill for the film. One line I hated: “I heard this area is a jungle.” Who wrote that? The author’s brother, Billy?
Overall, a powerful film, but one that asks us to think twice about Oscar and race.

Typically, my wife puts our

Typically, my wife puts our baby to sleep at night. I usually work late into the night and listen to the crying, the cooing, the quiet hushes, and then the quiet, period.
Tonight, with my wife out at work, I was put to the task of putting the baby to sleep. I gave her much milk and put her in her crib twice – to no avail.
I had understood that Goodnight Moon is a good book to read to children before they fell asleep. And as I read the short, almost tragic words to my daughter, she did. She fell asleep on the last page of the book, which says “Goodnight” to all the objects and the people and the animals in the room.
To me, it said, over and over, “Goodbye.” It’s one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. The illustrations, by Clement Hurd, are beautiful, sad, elegiac. The story is by the inimitable Margaret Wise Brown who revived the illustrated children’s story. I imagine she used her middle name often.

(errata) Okay, this is more

Okay, this is more an apologia than an errata. I’m apologizing for three things:
1. The May issue is not up yet. It will be. I’m getting some super-beatiful scans from Maciej this week and they’ll be up soon, promise, as will other very fine goodies. Sorry.
2. I recently wrote about New York State license plates & how “The ‘country’ is represtented by big mountains, probably a cartoon of an Adirondack mtn.” This was dumb. Upon closer inspection, the “‘country'” is represented by the awesome Niagara Falls, where my parents went on their honeymoon. I’m an idiot.
3. For numerous reasons, this Web log is not currently searchable. I don’t know if I want to tell you why. But it’s not right now. And I’m sorry about that, too.
Also, I’m sorry for posting a link to Hot or Not dot com (see below).