9/03/2005

Running some errands and just dropped into Boomerang, a thrift store on Centre Street here in JP, and picked up some little treasures. I picked up a copy of Monet by Monet, one in the Artists by Themselves series edited by Rachel Barnes. You've got a painting on one page and on the facing page something the artist himself wrote—in a letter or his diary—referring to it. The books are a little bigger than pocket-size, but the reproductions are decent enough. And they’re not just the popular paintings, either, which is nice. I’m really interested in Degas—the Boston MFA has a sketch book of his that rocks my world every time I see it. The problem with Degas is the same as Monet: he’s been too oft-reproduced and too prettified. But both produced incredible works you don’t see everyday. Degas’s sketch pads are a hoot—full of masterful caricatures of patrons of the underground.

Anyway, when I got home I went online to amazon.com to see if I could get Degas by Degas. There were several copies available. I put it on my wish-list, to remind me later to order it. You know how when you do that, amazon shows you what customers who bought the book also shopped for, and it was, frankly, frightening. Suffice it to say, the list included Guilty Pleasures by Barbra Streisand. Yikes.

As for the news, what can I say? I've been watching TV and scribbling notes, but it’s all too much. It took the Bush team a full week to come up with a slogan you could tell they were pretty proud of: “we'll once again show the world that the worst adversities bring out the best in America.” They really racked their brains to come up with that one. Comments from the previous day were almost as inspiring, but didn't reach the rhetorical heights we've come to expect from this president. After his little visit to the disaster area, for instance, the president assured us: “I understand the devastation requires more than one day’s attention.” Oh, well, um, that’s good. Very reassuring. He’s happy it will take at least until Wednesday, so he has a good excuse to cancel his meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao. That was gonna be a big-ass yawn, and there’s still all that brush to clear back at Crawford, and now that that whiny Cindy Sheehan has finally buggered off, he can truly enjoy it.

But good for Kanye West, eh? Good for him for speaking truth to power live on TV. His observations included the following: ‘George Bush doesn't care about black people,’ and ‘[America is set up] to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible.’ The network went into a tizzy and issued a statement condemning his remarks. He went off-script, they grumbled. Well, good for him. More of us should more often. I don’t thinkGeorge Bush has anything against black people, personally. It would not surprise me if Cheney was a raging bigot, but Bush is not a hater, really. He’s a spoiled rich kid. He is not a fully-formed, fully-aware person. His personal journey has not been one of self-discovery. It’s been one of privilege—which is why he grows bored and petulant easily and often, like spoiled rich kids do. But for all his rhetoric about compassion, there is no compassion without genuine curiosity, and he is the quintessence of incuriosity. I once called him “the Paris Hilton of American politics," but I was wrong. Paris Hilton is a bored, spoiled little rich bitch, sure, but she’s ambitious, too. Bush isn't, never has been. Has no personal vision, no personal style, not much of a personality at all to speak of, really. He’s happier by far playing golf and clearing that brush than sitting around with stuffed shirts back in the beltway. He’s the perfect foil for Cheney & Co. He's the President Who Wasn't There.on, there is no compassion without genuine curiosity, and he is the quintessence of incuriosity. I once called him “the Paris Hilton of American politics," but I was wrong. Paris Hilton is a bored, spoiled little rich bitch, sure, but she’s ambitious, too. Bush isn't, never has been. Has no personal vision, no personal style, not much of a personality at all to speak of, really. He’s happier by far playing golf and clearing that brush than sitting around with stuffed shirts back in the beltway. He’s the perfect foil for Cheney & Co. He's the President Who Wasn't There.

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